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1,190 reviewed resources for History of Mathematics

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The Mathematical Secrets of Pascal’s Triangle

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
This modern animation and discussion of the ancient secrets of Pascal's triangle manages to be topical, engaging, and mathematically deep all at the same time. A great introduction to the power of number theory across multiple math...
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The Medieval Islamicate World: Crash Course History of Science #7

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The Medieval Islamicate World was truly a world of wonders! Clocks with gears, armillary spheres ... and robots that played music? Journey to ancient Baghdad, the center of science and math with the seventh video in a History of Science...
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Navigation in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Ancient texts, like Homer's Odyssey, mentions navigating ships by observing constellations. Pupils learn about the link between history and astronomy as they relate to navigation in the Bronze Age. Scholars complete two hands-on...
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The Map of Mathematics

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
How does all this math fit together? The resource creates a graphical view of the extent of mathematics. The map shows the pure and applied sides of studying mathematics and breaks them down into their many disciplines.
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The Motion of the Moon, Sun, and Stars—Motivating Mathematics

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
What does math have to do with the behavior of the earth and sun? Learn how the movement of celestial bodies has influenced the development of trigonometry. Scholars connects the details in mathematics to their real-world meaning.
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Mayan Mathematics and Architecture

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Take young scholars on a trip through history with this unit on the mathematics and architecture of the Mayan civilization. Starting with a introduction to their base twenty number system and the symbols they used, this eight-lesson unit...
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The Mathematics of History

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is there a relationship between mathematics and history? In this video, Jean-Baptiste Michel explains how our technological advancements will afford many opportunities for mathematics to play an integral role in revealing key trends in...
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A Brief History of Banned Numbers

For Students 6th - 12th
What numbers should not be shared? Numbers thoughout history have been banned for one reason or another. The resource provides details of illegal numbers and compares them to the written and spoken word. Discussion brings the idea of...
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The History of Mathematics

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Research the interrelationship between math and science. Search the Internet to discover the history of several branches of mathematics and make text-to-world connections between the concepts covered in each branch with related...
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India: Crash Course History of Science #4

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Ever wonder where the ideas of land management and forestry came from? Welcome to ancient India! Travel back in time using a video, the fourth in the History of Science series. The narrator describes the relationship between science and...
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A Pi-ece of Florida History

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's often said that you can find any number in pi. Individuals first find several important years in Florida history within the digits of pi. They then estimate volumes of people by modeling them as cylinders.
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Land Purchases in US History

For Teachers 8th Standards
Scientific notation is a valuable tool for scientists and historians! Provided with information about the major land purchases in US history, learners compare the value of each acquisition. The lesson plan requires unit conversions using...
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Measuring Shadows Using an Ancient Method

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
How did ancient peoples determine the height of really tall objects? Young scientists and mathematicians explore the concept of using shadows to measure height in a hands-on experiment. Paired pupils measure shadows, then calculate the...
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Ancient India Contributed Architectural Designs to the World

For Teachers 4th - 5th
  Students view a PowerPoint presentation with pictures about ancient India to discuss the impact India had on the world’s architecture.  In this history instructional activity, students use discussion questions to guide their...
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The Mathematics of Sidewalk Illusions

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
How do they create those 3-D views on a 2-D surface? The video presents the history of the art of using anamorphic perspective. A review of perspective drawing provides background knowledge to the class. Pupils see different methods...
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A Brief History of Numerical Systems

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
As people and civilizations have become more complex, numbers have evolved into what they are today. Watch a video that walks viewers through the history of the development of symbols into numbers and positional notations.
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How the Königsberg Bridge Problem Changed Mathematics

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
There is one bridge too many. A video presents the history of the Konigsberg Bridge problem. To solve the problem, Euler invented a new branch of mathematics—and graph theory was born. Using this new branch of mathematics, mathematicians...
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The Mighty Mathematics of the Lever

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Exactly what did Archimedes mean when he said, "Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth"? Watch this video and find out as it explains the mathematics behind levers, and explores a few fun hypothetical situations involving...
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Electricity: Crash Course History of Science #27

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
It's almost impossible to imagine living without electricity, but it isn't that long ago that was the norm. An informative video lesson briefly discusses each important discovery related to electricity. The narrator highlights each...
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Introduction to Mathematical Modeling

For Students Higher Ed
For this mathematical modeling worksheet, students answer two essay questions. They describe Newton's Law of Cooling by describing and constructing a model and answering seven essay questions about the process.
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Greek Contributions: Review Tool

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Review six major contributions made by the Ancient Greeks. Greek drama, poetry, history, sculpture, science, and mathematics are all very briefly covered. Activities to complete with the class are included.
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World History and Geography: The Mayan Civilization

For Teachers 7th Standards
Do you want to implement technological skills along with social studies concepts but don't know how? Then this plan was made for you! Sixth graders storyboard and present a multimedia presentation to their class while also learning...
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Exploring the History of Mathematics

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students research six different mathematicians using Internet resources. They examine the contributions of different cultures, women, and one that made a significant to geometry. They present their research to the class.
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Egyptian Hieroglyphs

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Humans have been developing number systems for thousands of years, and while they can be very different from one another, they can also share surprising similarities. Take your young mathematicians on a journey through the history of...

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