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Mathematics Genealogy Project

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Teachable Moment: Isaac Newton famously said he'd seen further because he'd stood on the shoulders of giants and this project is a great way of illustrating the interconnected nature of learning and advancements.

Mission Statement

The intent of this project is to compile information about ALL the mathematicians of the world. We earnestly solicit information from all schools who participate in the development of research level mathematics and from all individuals who may know desired information.

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Comet crashes into Sun... did it cause a CME???

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Teachable Moment: Great visual of a comet hitting the sun with an in depth explanation of what we see.

Very interesting event October 1!

Posted on the Spaceweather.com site is a dramatic video of a large comet crashing into the Sun and nearly immediately a major Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) blew off the left side.  You can see this video at:

http://www.spaceweather.com/images2011/03oct11/cometandcme.gif?PHPSESSID=tvcgvkmb666e1k717oadp68314

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The "Dance your PhD Contest" 2010

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Teachable Moment: Thesis defense?  How about a Thesis dance!  I don't know what surprises me more... that someone came up with this idea, that multiple people submitted... or that there are some real gems in here!

 

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Cool math trick: Converting between miles and kilometers

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Teachable Moment: The Fibonacci sequence is a great introduction to math in nature and this little trick even provides a nifty practical use of the numbers.

From the blog: "The Fibonacci sequence is made up of numbers that are the sum of the previous two numbers in the sequence, starting with 0 and 1. It's 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144… 1 is 0+1, 2 is 1+1, 3 is 1+12, 5 is 2+3, and 8 is 3+5. The number after 144 is 233, or 89+144. The Fibonacci number describes the golden spiral, an ideal form much beloved by designers everywhere. Interestingly, it also neatly matches the relationship between kilometers and miles. Three miles is five kilometers, five miles is eight kilometers, eight miles is 13 kilometers. It's not perfect, eight miles is actually 12.875 kilometers, but it's close enough in a pinch. If you need to convert a number that's not on the Fibonacci sequence, you can just break out the Fibonacci numbers, convert, and add the answers. For instance, 100 can be broken down into 89 + 8 + 3, all Fibonacci numbers. The next numbers are 144, 13, and 5, which add up to 162. 100 miles is actually equal to 160.934. Again, close enough. Math is cool."

References: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/cool-math-trick-converting-between-miles-and-kilometers

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KinectEDucation

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kinecteducation logoTeachable Moment: The Kinect is so rich for teaching opportunities... nobody has found the "pony" yet but I hope these guys do!

Gesture-based learning doesn't demand a new classroom, but it will create a new classroom identity.

KinectEDucation is a community-driven resource for developers, teachers, students, enthusiasts, and any other education stakeholder to promote and develop Kinect-friendly applications for use in classrooms. With KinectEDucation, you can freely:

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Interactive Fabrication

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Teachable Moment: Design thinking as a tool for teaching math and science is rapidly evolving. This web site showcases some truly innovative projects around the concept of Interactive Fabrication and will be worth watching closely.

InteractiveFabrication.com showcases work exploring Interactive Fabrication: interfaces and devices that take real-time input to fabricate physical form. Here you will find a collection of our projects as well as a blog documenting the work of others.

For further information about the ideas behind our work, please check out our research paper: Interactive Fabrication: New Interfaces for Digital Fabrication. To contact us with inquiries or submit a project to our blog, please use the contact form below.

References: http://www.interactivefabrication.com/

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Information is Beautiful

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Teachable Moment: Brilliant examples of representing complex data in stunning visual ways.  This web site is a trove of ideas for students looking to best present their data in innovative ways.

I’m David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer. I’ve written for The Guardian, Wired and others. I’m into anything strange and interesting.

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Science of Cooking: Food Science, Recipes & Projects | Exploratorium

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Science of CookingTeachable Moment: Everyone likes to cook but few understand the science behind it.  This web site provides engaging examples with simple clear explanations.

Discover how a pinch of curiosity can improve your cooking! Explore recipes, activities, and Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food and cooking.

References: http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/index.html

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The Batman Equation

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Teachable Moment: I'm willing to take them on faith that this equation maps out what it says it does...

You can do anything with math...

References: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/08/the-batman-equation.html

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Everyday Mysteries: Fun science facts from the Library of Congress

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Teachable Moment: Great little collection of fun science questions....

Did you ever wonder why a camel has a hump? If you can really tell the weather by listening to the chirp of a cricket? Or why our joints make popping sounds? These questions deal with everyday phenomena that we often take for granted, but each can be explained scientifically.

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