Exercise Your Brain with Amusing Mathematical Problems

Amusing mathematics stimulates logical and creative thinking in order to find solutions of particular problems and discover the beauty of mathematics. During the classes, the students will work independently and in small groups with the support of the teacher on solving a variety of recreational mathematical problems. Some of these problems are known for century first introduced by Leonardo of Pisa known as Fibonacci in his book Liber Abaci (1202). Others was invented by a logician Lewis Carroll and other practising mathematicians. Solving a problem of amusing mathematics brings genuine creative joy of finding the truth and beauty of science.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

SUGGESTED READING

  • L.E. Sigler. Fibonacci's Liber Abaci. Springer-Verlag, 2002.
  • Lewis Carroll: The Mathematical Recreations of Lewis Carroll: Pillow Problems and a Tangled Tale. Dover: Courier, 1958.
  • M. Gardner. Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions. London: Bell and Sons, 1961.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to recreational mathematics. “Brain stretching” by solving simple though not-evident problems and paradoxes. Working in pairs and small groups to find solutions of 12 recreational mathematical problems.
  • Discussion of found solutions with the class. Appearance of these problems in mathematical textbooks of different times, when relevant. More problems on the same mathematical methods to work on independently.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Be acquainted with some classical number of problems of recreational mathematics starting with those introduced by Leonardo of Pisa known as Fibonacci.
  2. Practice amusing mathematical problem solving.
  3. Become familiar with different mathematical methods.
$153 Limited / $138

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08 Apr

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