## Mathematician Reports

You are going to be researching a famous mathematician. You may choose one of the people on the list below or visit one of the suggested websites to look for another person. Please have three choices and then we will decide whom you will research. We are hoping we will have many different mathematicians to learn about. Be careful! You will display your research/report on a cube/box. You must include the following facts.

1. Where and when was this person born?

2. What was this person’s contribution to the math world?

3. How did he/she become involved with the math concept he/she created, discovered, or invented?

4. How is this person’s contribution used today or is it the foundation of a math concept we use today?

5. Struggles that she or he may have had to overcome.

6. Be sure to include a picture of the person.

Your box is your “report”. Be sure your “report” is typed. Please use the space on your box to create a visually pleasing display. For example, if you have a large box, don’t use a small font when typing which would result in a lot of empty space on your box. NEATNESS counts!!! CUBES ARE DUE: Monday, November 1, 2010

WARNING! Be careful as you gather information on your mathematician. Use your OWN WORDS when writing your report. Lifting text (plagiarism) is a no no!

You will also orally present your information. You will need to present the information on your box and any other interesting facts about your mathematician. You will have 3 minutes to give your oral report. Memorize your report. Try to bring a little personality into your presentation. Be prepared with some type of prop and costume to help establish the time period in which this person lived. A SCHEDULE WILL COME OUT SOON BUT PRESENTATIONS WILL BE November 1, 3, and 4, 2010.

TRY THESE WEBSITES for research: (You can access these from my website: http://manorwoodsgt.weebly.com)

http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/women.htm

http://dir.yahoo.com/Science/Mathematics/Mathematicians/

http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Indexes/Full_Alph.html

POSSIBLE MATHEMATICIANS

Lovelace Descartes Newton John Venn

Banneker Abu Al-Battani Euclid Bernoulli

Archimedes Pascal Rene Baire Hypatia

Babbage Pythagoras George Boole Einstein

John Nash Maria Agnesi Janos Bolyai Euler

Sophie Germain Loo-Keng Hua Fibonacci