Math in the Middle Institute Partnership


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In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching with a Specialization in the Teaching of Middle Level Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics. Jim Lewis and David Fowler, Advisors July 2006


One of the ongoing themes through the Math in the Middle coursework has been the idea of identifying patterns. From our first course, Math as a Second Language, patterns have been useful to explain phenomena and determine future values. Some patterns are numerical but can be described using algebra. Some are visual or geometric and also can be described using numbers and symbols. Many of these patterns have resurfaced in different forms and at different times in new and interesting ways. It has been a humbling experience to see the interconnectedness of seemingly unconnected ideas. Pick’s Theorem, Farey Sequences and Ford Circles are concepts quite different on the surface but linked in interesting ways.