This site contains a basic exposition of the Fibonacci sequence and special number Phi. It includes historical aspects, formulas, applications, and activities all involving Phi and the Fibonacci sequence.
Type of Material:
This site can be used for individual or group exploration and learning.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To learn about the Fibonacci sequence and the number Phi.
Target Student Population:
Students in a general education math class or math history class.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
This site gently introduces a user to the Fibonacci Sequence. The exposition begins with everyday life examples and then progresses to pattern recognition. The significance of the Fibonacci Sequence is illustrated by presenting pictures and photos of natural objects that follow the FS pattern. After that the Fibonacci Sequence is used to explain the golden ratio and the special number Phi it represents. The connections between the Fibonacci Sequence and the number Phi as well as mathematical problems related to the subject are explored.
Several graphic elements including formulas do not open and just show up as an empty boxes. This affects the content quality of the material.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site is an excellent tool for encouraging students to explore the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio. The selection of resources (a video, external links, practice exercises) that the author has put together provides the students with both entertaining and mathematical approach to this important topic. A student who goes through the activities and explores the links will learn to appreciate the Fibonacci Sequence and the number Phi.
Even though it the description on the parent site says that the site is designed for middle school students, it can easily be used for an introductory college level general education mathematics course. The related quadratic equations resource link is a broken link.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is a single page that contains text, links, a video and activities that are all clearly presented. A student can easily just read through the material and can also work with a partner or group.
Broken graphic elements of the site can result in frustration for a student who has already had difficulty understanding the concepts.
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