# Math and Multimedia Carnival #7

February 1, 2011 6 Comments

Welcome to the 7^{th} edition of Mathematics and Multimedia blog carnival.

Before we begin Carnival 7, let’s look at some of the trivias about the number seven:

- The Millennium Prize Problems are seven problems in mathematics that were stated by the Clay Mathematics Institute in 2000. Currently, six of the problems remain unsolved.
- Seven, the fourth prime number, is not only a Mersenne prime (since 2
^{3}− 1 = 7) but also a double Mersenne prime since it is itself the exponent for another Mersenne prime (127). - A seven-sided shape is a heptagon. The regular
*n*-gons for*n*≤ 6 can be constructed by compass and straightedge alone, but the regular heptagon cannot.

Now, lets start with posts that involve mathematics sans technology.

Guillermo P. Bautista Jr., the organizer of Mathematics and Multimedia Carnival, presents Generating Pythagorean Triples posted at Mathematics and Multimedia, saying, “A simple strategy in generating Pythagorean Triples.”

Mike Dimond presents Squares ending in 5 – Two Digit Numbers posted at Education For All, saying, “Learn how to quickly calculate the square for two digit numbers ending in five. The post goes over how to quickly calculate 75 * 75.”

I also grab the post Numbers and Variables, the first in the series of post on teaching algebra to students in their first year of High School from the blog Learning and Teaching Math.

John Golden presents Math Hombre: Variable and a Problem posted at Math Hombre, saying, “This post tries to give a couple of contexts for middle school or Algebra I development of the concept of variable.”

Let me include on this list my latest post titled Counting Smileys which shows several solutions to counting problems that are used to introduce variables and algebraic expressions.

Now, for mathematics with technology:

David Wees presents Is Interactivity in Mathematics Important posted at Professional blog | 21st Century Educator, saying, “This blog post is a discussion of the importance of using interactive tools when teaching mathematics.” This is one way indeed to involve students in the learning.

Alexander Bogomolny presents Fascination with Tessellations posted at CTK Insights. The post presents several Java applets that illustrate various hinged tessellations and ways of inserting hinges into an existing tessellation.

Terrance Banks presents Treasure Hunt Activity posted at So I Teach Math and Coach?, saying, “Review Activity – Treasure Hunt for Algebra”

Gianluigi Filippelli presents Gravity vs height posted at Science Backstage, saying, “The dependance of gravity by height plotted with Scilab”

Tamarah Buckley presents Instant Feedback posted at Infinitely Many Solutions, saying, “My blog focuses on using iPads in a secondary math classroom.”

Pat Ballew presents Microsoft Mathematics is FREE! posted at Pat’sBlog, saying, “Software for every kid, at just the right price…”

Finally, let me share my post on Squares and Square Roots which presents a series of activities for teaching these concepts meaningfully using the free software, GeoGebra.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of mathematics and multimedia blog carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page

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