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Maths is good for you!

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Created on 24 November 2006 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 31 August 2007 by ncetm_administrator

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The prevailing modern view of mathematical ability is one which entails creativity and transcends the more limited concept of technical ability. There is, however, little widely available material which, in a simple and accessible way, introduces the secondary school age children to the world of 'creative' mathematics. This web site aims to do just that - to contribute to developing the base of knowledge and resources by concentrating particularly on introducing the historical context into the study of mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4.

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10 December 2006 23:36
Thanks for that - I will go and look at your paper.
By HeatherNorth
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05 December 2006 11:31
There are many ways one can use the timeline from the history of mathematics in mathematics classroom. The most obvious would be to use the timeline whenever you start a new topic: look at how different cultures developed same/similar concepts at different times and what new they contributed or how they approached the topic. This way you will help your pupils not only remember the topic better (association with names, places, and events) but they will also realise that there is no linear way of the development of concepts in mathematics, and that they, themselves, may one day be able to contribute something to the subject.

I have written a short paper on how I used the history of maths in the maths classroom – you can download the paper here

By snezana
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24 November 2006 18:07
I like the timeline on the web site - has anyone used this to support teaching and learning in their classroom? I would be interested to hear how I might use it to help pupils understand the development of mathematics over time
By HeatherNorth
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