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Thursday, March 7 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Exploring TRIGONOMETRY with Deep Understanding and Deep Joy POPULAR!

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The name of this subject is unfortunate! The historical beginning of this topic – and the natural beginning for the young student mind – is the study of the stars and their (presumed) circular motion. Indian scholars of the fifth century C.E. developed a theory of “circle-ometry” in order to attempt to compute the vertical height of orbiting objects. Through a curious sequence of translations and mistranslations, the name “sine” (Latin: sinus for harbor or cove) became attached to this vertical height. In this workshop we start the story of trigonometry from its beginnings – its historical beginnings, also the beginnings appropriate for the young mind. The idea of focusing on right triangles for students (and hence the name “trigonometry”) came late in the history of the subject and offers little initial context for young scholars. We will then review the standard material of a curriculum from a place of ease, ownership of understanding and of joy.

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James Tanton

Mathematician in Residence, Mathematical Association of America
James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) is an author, a consultant, and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., currently serving as their Mathematician-at-Large. He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 74/75 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

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