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Mathematical Explorations:
Advanced Math Problem Posing

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Instructor: Lisa Fontaine-Rainen
3-10 students
Recommended skills: Facility with variables, having completed an algebra curriculum. 
Mondays, 11:00 - Noon; 15 weeks, starts Jan. 25th.


Mathematics is too often only about finding the right answer.  Is that really what mathematicians do all day?  Of course not.  One cannot discover new mathematics by simply finding the “right” answer. 

In this class we’ll deep dive down all our rabbit holes.  Each week we will choose one problem (probably a problem of the week from somewhere, so that if you so choose you can submit your work to them).   Yes, we’ll solve it, but that’s only the beginning.  Then we’ll explore it, interrogate it, consider where it can lead us, how we can deepen it, what else we might do with it.  The whole point will be to problem pose, to think like mathematicians, to learn math from our own explorations and ideas, and to discover how to challenge ourselves. 

Students in this class should have facility with variables, ideally having completed an algebra curriculum. 

Come ready to have opinions (in math!), to wish to explore, and ready to discover!


A week by week syllabus can be provided by request after the class, as student input on the problems each week will determine the topics.

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