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Math Made Visual : Creating Images for Understanding Mathematics

Author: Claudi Alsina; Roger Nelsen
Publisher: Washington, DC : Mathematical Association of America, 2011.
Series: Classroom resource materials
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Is it possible to make mathematical drawings that help to understand mathematical ideas, proofs and arguments? The authors of this book are convinced that the answer is yes and the objective of this book is to show how some visualization techniques may be employed to produce pictures that have both mathematical and pedagogical interest. Mathematical drawings related to proofs have been produced since antiquity in  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Math Made Visual
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Claudi Alsina; Roger Nelsen
ISBN: 9781614441007 1614441006
OCLC Number: 940066804
Notes: Title from publishers bibliographic system (viewed on 06 Mar 2013).
Description: online resource (xv, 173 s.) : illustrations.
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Contents: Visualizing mathematics by creating pictures --
Representing numbers by graphical elements --
Representing numbers by lengths of segments --
Representing numbers by areas of plane figures --
Representing numbers by volumes of objects --
Identifying key elements --
Employing isometry --
Employing similarity --
Area-preserving transformations --
Escaping from the plane --
Overlaying tiles --
Playing with several copies --
Sequential frames --
Geometric dissections --
Moving frames --
Iterative procedures --
Introducing colors --
Visualization by inclusion --
Ingenuity in 3 D --
Using 3D models --
Combining techniques --
Visualization in the classroom --
Hints and solutions to the challenges.
Series Title: Classroom resource materials
Responsibility: Claudi Alsina, Roger Nelsen.
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Is it possible to make mathematical drawings that help to understand mathematical ideas, proofs and arguments? The authors of this book are convinced that the answer is yes and the objective of this book is to show how some visualization techniques may be employed to produce pictures that have both mathematical and pedagogical interest. Mathematical drawings related to proofs have been produced since antiquity in China, Arabia, Greece and India but only in the last thirty years has there been a growing interest in so-called "proofs without words". Hundreds of these have been published in Mathematics Magazine and The College Mathematics Journal, as well as in other journals, books, and on the Internet. Often times, a person encountering a "proof without words" may have the feeling that the pictures involved are the result of a serendipitous discovery or the consequence of an exceptional ingenuity on the part of the picture's creator. In this book the authors show that behind most of the pictures "proving" mathematical relations are some well-understood methods. As the reader shall see, a given mathematical idea or relation may have many different images that justify it, so that depending on the teaching level or the objectives for producing the pictures, one can choose the best alternative.

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