Homeschooling Perks

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[Photo by jonathansloan.]

One of the best perks of homeschooling is that we can take our snow days when the rest of the world is back in school. Niner and Princess Kitten have the sledding hill to themselves. Meanwhile, I’m brewing up a batch of JD’s Winter Soup while I prepare for co-op classes tomorrow…


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One Day Only: Number Stories of Long Ago

For all those who missed it last time, now is your chance: Number Stories of Long Ago will be available Tuesday, January 20, from Homeschool Freebie of the Day.

David Eugene Smith tells stories set in different historical eras, showing how different mathematical concepts were developed and became a part of civilization. Wonderful!

For Those Who Missed It

If you missed the Homeschool Freebies edition, Number Stories of Long Ago is also available as a real book or (at least in the U.S.) as a scanned library book from Google Books.

Or try downloading a copy for your Kindle (or Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, etc.):


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MathNotations Contest for Middle-High School

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[Photo by ccarlstead.]

Can you can put together a team of 2-6 middle or high school students for an afternoon of mathematical play? If so, then Dave at MathNotations is running a math competition you just have to check out.

Teachers register by email on or before Thursday, January 29, and will receive the six thought-provoking contest problems and official answer form by return email. Hold the contest at your convenience on Tuesday, February 3, allowing your team up to 90 minutes to complete and electronically submit their answers.

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Free Online Math for Middle School and Up

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The Art of Problem Solving people recently announced their new Alcumus program, which provides online lessons on assorted math topics, including probability and combinatorics, which most math textbooks do not cover well, if at all.

Update October 2011:

Alcumus currently complements our Introduction to Algebra, Introduction to Counting & Probability, Introduction to Number Theory, and Prealgebra textbooks, as well as our Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Introduction to Counting & Probability, Introduction to Number Theory, and Prealgebra 1 online courses. We expect to continue to expand topics in Alcumus.

AoPS Alcumus information page

I am signing up all my MathCounts students. If you’re a homeschooler, we would love to have you join us!

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2009 Mathematics Game

new-year
[Photo by Amanda M Hatfield.]

Have you made a resolution to exercise your mental muscles this year? Then please join us for the 2009 Mathematics Game. Here are the rules:

Use the digits in the year 2009 and the operations +, -, x, ÷, sqrt (square root), ^ (raise to a power), and ! (factorial) — along with parentheses, brackets, or other grouping symbols — to write expressions for the counting numbers 1 through 100.

  • All four digits must be used in each expression.
  • Only the digits 2, 0, 0, 9 may be used.
  • The decimal point may be used, as in .9, .02, etc.
  • Multi-digit numbers such as 29 or 902 may be used, but preference is given to solutions that avoid them.

By definition: 0! = 1 .
[See Dr. Math’s Why does 0 factorial equal 1?]

For this game we will accept: {0}^{0} = 1 .
[See the Dr. Math FAQ 0 to the 0 power.]

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