Why would anyone want to teach calculus to a 7-year-old!?!?!

The professor yelled when he asked this question.  I’m used to people being boggled at the thought of young people learning calculus.  I’m used to the blank stares, buggy eyes and puzzled looks, but this was a first.

I was at a math technology conference in Fall 2008, attended by professors, teachers, school administrators and tech coordinators.  Everyone was interested in what new software and hardware could be useful in their classrooms.  I was in a small slice of math geek paradise! more »

mathheadinc: the blog

Welcome! It’s finally here! This is the first post of MathHead Inc, the more casual side of MathHead Tutoring.  We get a kick bragging about our students and sharing all things related to math.  We’ll try to make it fun and interesting, two words not usually associated with math, algebra, geometry and least of all calculus.  You may not love math after reading this blog but hopefully you won’t cringe everytime someone mentions the word.  Maybe you’ll start to see the world differently, as a mathematical place full of beautiful patterns.  There should be just enough information that we lead you to the thrill of discovering things on your own.

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Here’s something to think about to get you started.  Have you ever thought about flowers being mathematical?  Have you noticed the clockwise and counter-clockwise spirals at the center of many of them?  Try counting the spirals in each direction.  Keep a notebook.  What patterns do you see? Count several of the same kind of flowers, like sunflowers and daisies.  Feel free to use the photo in this post until you grow your own.  The numbers you see will be related to this series of numbers:  1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987…  Send us your discoveries.

Now, just have fun!