What can a chair teach us about integral calculus? Quite a bit, if you have right chair. British designer Julian Mayor made just such a chair: Mr. Mayor reckons the chair is much more comfortable than it looks; Igor (pictured sitting) certainly seems happy. Regardless of Igor’s comfort, the chair is a great illustration of what we mean…

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# Category: Math Club

## Archimedes’ Earring

To be perfectly honest, I have no idea whether Archimedes wore earrings. However, I couldn’t help but think of him when I saw the posts on Kumiko’s earrings: If you look closely, you will see that the post is a cuboctahedron, which is one of the Archimedean solids. A cuboctahedron is roughly what you get…

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## 3 common classroom challenges and suggestions for handling them

If you are going to coach a math club, it is likely that you will come across at least some of the following challenges: A classroom full of students at different levels, despite the fact that most students in the math club self-selected to be there Creating an atmosphere where students feel emotionally safe enough to participate…

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## STEAM powered Math Club

I found out first hand how important art instruction is for teaching math from some of our math competitions. When there were problems involving cubes, such as counting their surface area or volume, the students’ ability to make a sketch in the high pressured environment of the competition came into play. It didn’t have to be a…

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