Grades 4-6: Meet Famous Mathematicians

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Grades 4-6: Meet Famous Mathematicians


"This Internet scavenger hunt provides information about the lives and work of some mathematicians and allows practice in the use of the Internet," says Ann McCoy, a teacher at Henry Elementary in Clinton, Missouri. "It could be used as a whole class activity to provide practice in using the Internet. It could also be used as an enrichment activity for students needing `extras.'"

Math Scavenger Hunt

Use the following Web sites to match the mathematicians with the fact about his/her life: Hall of Great Mathematicians, http://www.siue.edu/~dcollin/mathfame.html, and Biographies of Women Mathematicians, http://www.scottlan.edu/lriddle/women/WOMEN.HTML. Write the letter of the mathematician in the space in front of the fact about his/her life. Good luck!

Match the mathematician with the fact

-- used mathematical concepts in his art -- died at age 20 in a duel -- was famous for his work The Elements -- came to the United States to escape Hitler during World War II -- was an Indian mathematician who taught himself much of the math he learned -- traveled with his father as a child and learned about mathematical systems in other countries -- was strongly encouraged by family to study math; killed by angry mob -- took her greatest interest in computers -- many applications of his triangle are used -- parents hid her clothes to discourage her interest and study of math -- had a secret society of mathematicians -- was considered by many to be the world's greatest mathematician

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