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Re: Mathematica for gifted elementary school children

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  • Subject: [mg99025] Re: Mathematica for gifted elementary school children
  • From: Sebastian Meznaric <meznaric at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 03:47:43 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <gsivc0$995$1@smc.vnet.net>

Structured educational programmes are rarely as effective as creative
playing. If he goes to school like normal and decides to do his
homework in Mathematica that should give him some play time that would
be beneficial.

On Apr 21, 12:09 am, Beliavsky <beliav... at aol.com> wrote:
> My son, almost 6, is good at math and inquisitive. Is there a math
> curriculum for elementary school children that uses Mathematica? He
> understands the four arithemetic operations and the concept of powers.
> I have Mathematica installed on my home PC and could teach him myself.
>
> I have written computer programs in Fortran in front of him to
> demonstrate concepts such as cubes and cube roots. We had fun, but I
> don't want to explain right now why 1000000000**3 gives -402653184 or
> 1/2 gives 0.
>
> He is interested in the number "centillion" (10^303) and thought it
> was cool to see the 101 zeros when we asked Mathematica to compute
> centillion^(1/3).
>
> I see there are some math courseware athttp://library.wolfram.com/infocen=
ter/Courseware/Mathematics/
> , but those topics are too advanced for him at present. Maybe I should
> give him Wolfram's huge book and let him play when he wants.

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