Mathematics for Teaching Category: What is mathematics

## Category: What is mathematics

### Love and Tensor Algebra

Come, let us hasten to a higher plane Where dyads tread the fairy fields of Venn, Their indices bedecked from one to n Commingled in an endless Markov chain! Come, every frustrum longs to be a cone And every vector dreams of matrices. Hark to the gentle gradient of the breeze: It whispers of a…

### “New Math” curriculum

In the video below, Tom Lehrer ‘explains’ and ‘criticizes’ the New Math curriculum in a funny way. I think the New Math curriculum was not that bad really. It helped the teachers to structure their math knowledge in a “mathematical” way. This is a good thing. The trouble was they taught mathematics in the mathematical way….

### What is mathematical modeling?

While there is no consensus yet as to a precise definition of this term, mathematical modeling is generally understood as the process of applying mathematics to a real world problem with a view of understanding the latter. One can argue that mathematical modeling is the same as applying mathematics where we also  start with a…

### History of Numbers

Like all other forms of languages, mathematics developed  because of the necessity to communicate ideas. In the case of numbers, it was to express and record ‘countables’. Below is a little video that can explain this to pupils in the primary grades. Its title is History of Mathematics but I believe it should be titled…

### Art and Mathematics

This post is actually one of the comments in my Mathematics is an Art post. I thought it would be a waste to just leave it in the comments section. It’s very informative and well written so I’m sharing it here. That way more people will have a chance to read it. It’s from the…