This site consists of a Java applet for coloring multiples in Pascals Triangle through the first 16 rows of the triangle. In addition, there are a number of related teacher and student resources.
Type of Material:
Classroom demonstration; student exploration. Good collection of materials for student projects.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Demonstrate the surprising occurrences of the Fibonacci numbers in seemingly unrelated settings and invite students to explore the underlying reasons for these occurrences. Classroom enrichment for instructors and students.
Target Student Population:
High school and entry-level college students who want to investigate the surprising appearances of the Fibonacci numbers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
This site contains approximately twenty puzzles, each of which has Fibonacci numbers as answers. The challenge to the reader is to explore and discover the underlying reasons for these occurrences. Questions to the reader are presented and suggestions made for further exploration.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The material on this site provides an effective resource for classroom demonstration with regard to showing students some of the many occurrences of Fibonacci numbers. The materials are also suitable for student exploration and discovery. The challenge to the reader is to explore and discover the underlying reasons for these occurrences. Questions to the reader are presented and suggestions made for further exploration.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is primarily text and graphics. No technical difficulties were encountered in the use of this site.
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