Looking Ahead with Alexandria Jones

We have now finished three back issues of my old Mathematical Adventures newsletter. Our next story will be from the November/December 1998 issue: Alexandria Jones and the Christmas Present Quandary. I plan to take a couple of months off to find my rhythm with co-op and homeschooling classes, and we will pick up Alex’s adventures (and meet her mother, Maria Jones) in November.

In case you missed any of them, here are all the Alexandria Jones stories so far…


Introducing Alexandria Jones

The story behind Alex’s story, how it all started with a few homeschooling friends who played around with math.

Introducing Alexandria Jones


May/June 1998 issue:
Alexandria Jones and the Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure

In this issue, we played the Pharaoh’s Pyramid game (a 2-D version of Nim), learned a little about surveying, and met four mathematicians from history — Diophantus, Pappus of Alexandria, Leonardo Fibonacci, and Srinavasa Ayengar Ramanujan.

The Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure, Part 1

The Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure, Part 2

The Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure, Part 3

Historical Tidbits: The Pharaoh’s Treasure

Historical Tidbits: Alexandria Jones

Historical Tidbits: Alexandria Jones Answers


July/August 1998 issue:
Alexandria Jones and the Mysterious Temporal Freeze

Time stopped for Alex and friends, and we calculated how long it would take a cat to eat a lasagna the size of Illinois.

The Mysterious Temporal Freeze

Solution: The Cat’s Lasagna


September/October 1998 issue:
Alexandria Jones and the Thief in the Night

We learned to translate Egyptian hieroglyphs, discovered how the Egyptian scribes multiplied numbers, and played around with function machines. Then we tried our hands at story problems and geometry challenges from the Rhind and Moscow mathematical papyri.

Alexandria Jones and the Thief in the Night

Egyptian Math in Hieroglyphs

Alex’s Puzzling Papyrus

Egyptian Math Puzzles

Another Egyptian Math Puzzle

Egyptian Geometry and Other Challenges

Egyptian Math: The Answers


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