# Visually stunning math concepts which are easy to explain

Beautiful Mathematical GIFs Will Mesmerize You Digital artist and physics PhD student Dave Whyte is dazzling our computer screens with his mesmerizing GIFs that are the perfect marriage of mathematics and art. And we can’t stop watching them. Whyte shares his brilliant, procrastination-fueling creations on an almost daily basis on his Tumblr account, Bees & Bombs. Whyte studies the physics of foam and told Colossal that his first geometric GIFs riffed on computational modules that he was exploring as an undergraduate student. To create his eye catching animations, Whyte uses a programming language called Processing. Check some of them out here (caution: may induce serious time wasting): [Via Colossal, io9 and Bees & Bombs]

Bar modelling- a powerful visual approach for introducing number topics Building on my recent post about a taxonomy for deep learning in maths, I have been trying to think a bit deeper myself about what each type of ‘deep learning link’ might look like. In particular, I have been researching and putting a lot of thought into what effective ‘visual models’ look like for the ‘key nodes’ I have previously identified as the most important foundation maths knowledge for students to master before starting their GCSE maths course. These are principally number topics. Last year I became aware of the Singapore Maths Bar Modelling approached have recently found the time to research it further. Maths No Problem In short, I really like the approach and am convinced it could enhance my own practice significantly by giving students powerful, but simple visual models they can draw upon and use to solve problems. In primary education in Singapore, maths teachers follow a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) sequence when teaching maths topics. Next up, equivalent fractions:

Singapore maths books Description and Lesson plan for the Base 10 Blocks Program It is believed that the Base 10 Blocks were developed by the Hungarian Mathematician Dr. Zoltan Paul Dienes. If you want to know more about himself, you can visit his web site. This page is specifically for teachers and describes a complete lesson plan on how to teach base 10 place value as well as basic arithmetic operations using this online version of the base 10 blocks manipulatives. The topics covered in this lesson include: Description of the Base 10 Blocks Program Check the detailed base 10 blocks program instructions to learn about rotate, break, glue, and place value mats! The blocks available in the program are the standard base 10 blocks used in many classrooms today and they are: This program is very simple to use. Two advantages that this program has over real physical blocks are, first, the ability to break the 10- and 100-blocks into the next smaller size and glue them back together. Uses of the Base 10 Blocks Program Finally, the students can also practice at home. Addition

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