Take and Make: Trammel

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These are really fun!  This design could possibly be improved but it does work pretty well. The newest version  files are here in AI, SVG and Corel formats.  It’s a pretty simple design. Here are the parts.  Basically a larger square overhangs the smaller creating a channel with partial cover that the little “cars” can slide in, but not pop

Take and Make: Puzzle A Day

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This puzzle is available to buy various places, but you can also just make your own.  We colored the wood with Bingo daubers! MH Intern Quan Nguyen worked out a number of solutions and made the CAD file for this one.  Our files are in this folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10eLBgD1HvO-bEXeYqTU9bYFZzJi8Wpm1?usp=sharing in AI, SVG and Corel Formats Also you can find solutions for

Take and Make: Area Trick Puzzle

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This one is easy fun and somehow a little bit magical.    Makes a great little math gift. The challenge is to make rectangles with pieces #1-5, #1-6, #1-7, and #1-8 (as below) Details, Instructions and Template Here. Here are the “versions” in a short video.   These pieces are made in relation to eachother so there are many versions

Crafting Conic Sections with MTCA – Dec. 2 Math Teacher’s Circle of Austin

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Teachers enjoy models and making and they take that enthusiasm and activity back to their students.  Hosted by Professor Jennifer Austin of University of Texas at Austin, this was a particularly fun meeting.  We discussed how we make these models – see MAA Horizon Do the Math Article , tried using paper templates and slicing into playdoh.  See Take and

Holiday Art (and Math) on the Lawn at Neil-Cochran House Museum

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We love to come out to this museum!  Its side garden is home to one of our first outdoor installations, the Pythagorean Tables.  Together they represent the 3-4 -5 triangle classic, but also each table tells a math story of its own.  The 3 x 3 is a Penrose Stair, the 4 x 4 is subdivided to 8 x 8

Take and Make: Conic Sections Model update

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Turns out you can use CorelDraw to  reverse engineer the parts to a conic section model.  Read all about it in the November 2021 MAA Math Horizons page called Do The Math (p. 29). Editor Tom Edgar was fun to work with, and made the graphic images. The files are here, please help yourself.  We cut ours out of 1/8″

2021 Guest Talk at UTeach Perspectives Class! on Oct 13

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We had a few slides to introduce MathHappens to the group and then dove right in to a hot topic,  redistricting or Gerrymandering.  We just had the proposed new Texas map released, but none of the negotiated changes that came the next day on the 14th, so there were real examples of all 4 types of Gerrymandering which are cracking,