Dates and historical places as motivators for studying historical aspects of mathematical ideas: The end of the world and Maya mathematics

Tibor Marcinek, Donna B Ericksen

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Abstract

Twenty honors students were enrolled in a class at Central Michigan University titled “Math and the End of the World.” About ¾ of the students were majors or minors in mathematics with the other ¼ coming from other disciplines. The authors were interested in noting whether or not studying mathematics in the context of a certain history-related date (the 2012 Maya “Prophecy”) and place (Maya historical sites) would motivate the students to learn mathematics which they might not otherwise be exposed to and also whether or not the students would have an increased appreciation for the mathematics that they were learning.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherInternational Commission on Mathematical Instruction
Number of pages7560
StatePublished - 2012

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