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Mathematical Roots/Math Roots
Adding à La Gauss

Armando Martinez-Cruz, Ellen Barger 

October 2004, Volume 10, Issue 3, Page 152

Abstract:

An activity about finding the sum of consecutive multiples. One of those ways was devised by Carl F. Gauss when he was nine years old.

Mathematical Roots are hands-on, open-ended activities that encourage problem solving, reasoning, communication, and mathematical connections. Mathematical Roots is a regular feature of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School and highlights activities that develop conceptual understanding of mathematics topics.

 

Keywords:
Article
Cross-Content (Math Only) Connections
Algebraic Patterns
Addition and Subtraction
Communication
Conceptual Development
Grades 6-8
Math Coordinator / Coach
Open-ended assessments
Complex Numbers
Teacher
Lesson Plans
Problems
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Reasoning and Proof
Multiplication and Division
Number Theory