What is Mathematical
Investigation? |
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The power of
mathematics is derived, in part, from the facts, formulas, and
techniques it provides to the sciences. But what makes it of value
even to those who will someday forget the facts and formulas is that
it highlights, extends, and refines the kinds of thinking - including
investigation, pattern-seeking, and proof - that people do in
*all* domains. In ** What is mathematical
investigation,** participants will take a mathematical
investigation from start to finish - from exploratory stages through
reporting logically connected results - learning strategies that they
can use with their students to develop

Some of the questions participants will explore - and expand on - are:

- Which counting numbers are the result of adding at least two consecutive counting numbers?
- What happens if the consecutive counting numbers are
evenoroddorperfect squaresor . . . ?- Which numbers are the sum of
unitfractions with consecutive denominators?- If your postmaster only sells stamps worth 7 and 9 cents, what amounts of postage can be purchased?
- Measures of center: how they can help you and how they can get you into trouble? Why it's important to look at the entire distribution.

For further information, contact CwM at
cwm@edc.org

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