In this assignment you will research a historical event, person or area of mathematics. It is important to pursue a topic of real interest to you, and here's how to find it. . . with an open mind, browse through the books in the library, or click the suggested topics below.
You will be creating a presentation to share with the class, so think about your audience.
The secret of a successful presentation is NOT in the tricks and technology, but in your ideas.
How to find good ideas? Take out paper and pen or make notes in your device and key in a big question mark. WHO-WHERE-WHY-WHAT-HOW?????
As you read, let your curious mind lead you where you need to go.
Collect Questions – NOT a bunch of random facts (how do you know they will be useful?).
List your best questions and then hone and finalize your topic with the teacher-librarian and /or teacher. And then go after the answers! Every good presentation, whether a Prezi, video, demonstration, speech, essay, poster has a thesis or main idea flowing through it, logical and proven with evidence.
And your thesis will be the answer to your questions.
Try this cool alternative to Google Search.
- Binary numbers
- Casino games
- Conic sections
- Leonardo Da Vinci
- Golden Ratio / Calculator
- History of Measurement
- History of Numbers
- Humour in Math
- Investments, stock market
- Math & Music
- Math & Sport
- Math in Nature (shapes)
- Models & Scale
- Sir Isaac Newton
- Blaise Pascal
- Pi (audio Pi)
- Poincaré conjecture
- Probability & Stats
- Statistics expressed visually
- Structures (math & engineering)
- Time (clocks, calendars, longitude)
- Women in Mathematics
And if you are still stuck - go on a wild ride through the mathematics alphabet.
Here are more resources have been selected specially for you by the teacher-librarian.
Mathematics in Print
510 section in the stacks
- For Dummies series: Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Mathematics, Physics,
- Biographies of Mathematicians & Scientists
- Art, architecture, DaVinci, sports, mathematics of gambling & gaming
- Engineering, structures
Scholastic Math Magazine (ask the teacher-librarian for the login)
Math Trek columns by Ivars Peterson, award-winning mathematics writer
Current Math Trek columns in Science News (ask the teacher-librarian for the login)