A representation for whole numbers and their factors

Reza Sarhangi (Editor), Ana Lucia braz Dias

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In this paper I will describe models for whole numbers and their divisors using an adaptation of Hasse diagrams. The model gives us a unique visual representation for each whole number, because they are constructed based on the prime factorization of the numbers. Since every number has a unique prime factorization, the model for each number will be unique. The models are easy to make in the classroom and yield beautiful constructions. But most importantly, since they are a visual representation of important relations between a number and its factors, many theorems can be ``rediscovered'' by students when they investigate their constructions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBridges Coimbra: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture. 2011 Conference Proceedings.
PublisherTessellations Publishing
ISBN (Print)978-0-9846042-6-5
StatePublished - 2011


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