## Trying to find math inside everything else

### A potential lesson…

I saw this on a recent trip to San Francisco and it got me thinking. Take a look at the picture and the movie…any questions?

### How to Order the Topics

Not much posting recently, but hey, it’s summer. I’ve mostly done vacationing, now, and am really thinking about the new year.

I just finished reading through the first half of Merzbach’s and Boyer’s A History of Mathematics, up until the Renaissance. I took a list of topics associated with different cultures as I read through, as they may lead to some interesting lessons in the upcoming school year. I’m not really sure of the best way to integrate with the Global curriculum, but the 9th Grade Team is meeting tomorrow and I’m hoping I can talk with the history teacher about it. Obviously an ordering by mathematical sense won’t match a chronological historical ordering, or even a topical historical ordering, but I’m sure something will come out of it.

At least, I feel that, if one had to come first, it is better to have the historical context before the math, than vice versa. Here’s the list I made, though there’s not much to it.

 Algebra Tiles Ancient China Counting Rods Trigonometry Ancient India Number Systems Ancient India Lattice Multiplication Ancient India Radicals Ancient India Fractions Egypt Unit Fractions Adding Like Terms Greece As opposed to the Babylonians Geometric Algebra Greece Ratios Greece Euxodus, in Plato’s Academy Trigonometric Ratios Greece Ptolomy, using circles Longitude and Latitude Greece Completing the Square Islamic Empire Number Systems Maya Bases Systems of Equations Medieval China Pascal’s Triangle Medieval China From the Jade Mirror Number Systems Mesopotamia Bases Context Clues Mesopotamia Place Value Exponents Mesopotamia Place Value Fibonnacci Middle Ages Slope Middle Ages Sine and inclined planes Proportions Pythagoreans Music Radicals Pythagoreans The expulsion of Hippasus Types of Numbers Pythagoreans Numerology