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.
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.
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.
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.