(ages 7, yes 7 and up)" (CD-Rom)

This spiral-bound book the size of your hand reports with infectious enthusiasm the work of many beginners in one fine teacher's class over the decades, some of them highly gifted kids and some of them grown-ups with no particular mathematical bent. All were on their way to an understanding of slope and integral, natural logarithm and exponential. En route a good many famous problems were encountered, among them the proof of the snail-like divergence of the harmonic series (its first million terms add up to about 13.4, a sum given here to a dozen decimals), the Fibonacci sequence in pineapples and that glorious relation among, e, i, pi, 0 and 1.

The crossings between recreational mathematics, modern calculators and the track of such pioneers as Newton and Euler make this breezy and personal account, more notebook than book, good fun for the mathematically inclined young person and helpful for any adults who seek freer and solid arithmetic teaching".

ISBN 9780962167478; 300+pp; 8 1/2x11"3

These 'worksheets', like none you've ever seen, parallel Don's book - with
the same flavor of concern for children's thinking and discoveries, making
the same important connections - but **in addition**
has:

- expanded sections on cookie-sharing, functions, graphs, solving equations, iteration, i, and spirals
**questions which lead people to do the mathematics themselves**- separate question and answer sections for each chapter
- more problems, carefully explained
- new student work
**explicit ways to use computer software to investigate mathematics**- an outline for parent and teacher workshops
**over 320, 8 1/2x 11" pages**- expanded bibliography to include more materials and computer software
- an appendix in which Don analyzes the writing of essential computer programs

- Chapter 1: 7 Year-Olds Do
^{} - Chapter 2: Brad's: Share 6 cookies with 7 people
- Chapter 3: Ian's Proof: Infinity = -1
- Chapter 4: The Snowflake Curve--Its Area and Perimeter
- Chapter 5: The Harmonic Series
- Chapter 6: On Thin Spaghetti and Nocturnal Animals (functions and graphs)
- Chapter 7: The Fibonacci Numbers, Pineapples, Sunflowers and The Golden Mean
- Chapter 8: Solving Equations and Iteration
- Chapter 9: The Binomial Expansion and Infinite Series
- Chapter 10: Pi and Square Roots
- Chapter 11: Compound Interest to
**e**and**i** - Chapter 12: The Two Problems of The Calculus
- Chapter 13: Area Under Curves--The Integral
- Chapter 14: Slopes and The Derivative
- Appendix 1: The Important Mathematics
- Appendix 2: Activities For Parent/Teacher Workshops
- Appendix 3: On Writing Computer Programs and the Use of Calculators and Computers
- Appendix 4: Sheets To Be Copied
- Bibliography--Books, Videotapes, Materials & Computer Software

On the tape, Jane, age 6, is shown coloring in the 8 x 8 square and ends up with 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/16 = 15/16. Will the square ever get filled in if we keep going forever? What is this series and sequence of partial sums getting close to? What is the smallest number? Don and Jane discuss these questions.

Don shows the work Kirsten, age 8, did on 1/3 + 1/9 + 1/27 + 1/81 = 40/81. She wrote that this series goes to 1/2. Don and Jonathan, age 7, discuss his work on 2/5 + (2/5)^2 + (2/5)^3 + ... and his generalization of

"..this tape and my class's experience with it, demonstrate that the math concepts presented here are not only possible with young people but fun, engaging and eminently practical."--

Don works with Jane, age 6, showing how she does the iteration of 2x, with an application to population increase. They also iterate and obtain an interesting graph.

Jonathan, age 7, shows how he solves the quadratic equation x

"This half-hour video will teach you the basics of iteration even if you've never had an algebra course. Along with 6 and 7 year-olds on the video tape, you'll learn how to solve iteration problems by hand or with a calculator."--

**7. "Changing Shapes With Matrices": ****ISBN
9780962167430 ; (also on Don's 2- Disk set)**

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