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K-12 Python and Math

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:57 pm
by danpeirce
I started googling Python Math K-12 to see what would come up. It looks like a number of schools have combined Math and programming in python.

http://pyvideo.org/video/437/pycon-2011 ... eaching-it
http://cs.gettysburg.edu/~tneller/resou ... index.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbeHdg8mtdc
http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/p ... thon/33832

Re: K-12 Python and Math

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:52 pm
by danpeirce
The exploratory type of math that the school is trying to teach unfortunately can be extremely time consuming and off-putting. The result is that I keep hearing "I hate math".
On more than one occasion when one of my kids asked for help with math it occurred to me that we could gain insight into the problem using a computer. On those occasions I typically turned to a spreadsheet for the power it can give in quickly generating numerical results from simple expressions that could take a long time to produce with pencil an paper. This can make discerning patterns far less laborious.
The question that has been nagging me is why are the schools not taking advantage of computers to teach math?
Now that the Raspberry Pi has come along it has occurred to me that python is more powerful than a spreadsheet and that it could be an excellent resource for teaching math.