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New Mathomat Template Versions
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New investigations for the illustrated Mathomat V2 template student book 

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MATHOBLOCKS

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Rectangular protractors

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New Mathomat Template Versions

New versions of the Mathomat template will be released in term 1, 2021. The first called Mathomat V3 will complement the existing and very popular Mathomat V2 design. The larger polygons in the Mathomat V2 become even larger in the Mathomat V3. This allows for greater creativity with 2D and 3D pattern drawing, including construction of larger nets for polyhedra. Additional Mathomat versions that offer further creative options for pattern design will be released soon after the V3 template becomes available in December this year. Of course, the current Mathomat V2 template will continue as a core part of our product range.

New investigations for the illustrated Mathomat Explorer Manual

The illustrated Mathomat Explorer manual will continue to be available for the Mathomat V2 template, but will also be available in a larger format to suit the new V3, V4, V5 and V6 templates.

I both cases, the new Explorer manuals will have new activities, that include:

  • A new section devoted to 3-D model construction. We create step by step, illustrated instructions for building each of the Platonic and Archimedean solids.
  • Time travel interviews by the Mathomat kids with ancient mathematicians, including:
    • An interview with Euclid, in which he explains his innovative ideas about the structure of rectilinear angles. This is an interesting way of explaining the normally very dry and abstract notion that the angles represented in text-books are made up of two sides and a vertex.
    • We interview Proculus about his frequently cited argument that angles are really three separate ideas that need to be understood all at once. The Mathomat kids are challenged during this interview to understand exactly what it is that is being measured when working with angles. We take this opportunity to challenge the commonly held idea by students that the side lengths for angles determine their magnitude.
    • In an interview with three mathematicians from the Renaissance, the Mathomat kids are challenged to consider that not all angles are right angles. In this activity the idea that angles can be 0°, 180° and 360° is introduced.
    • During these activities the Mathomat kids are asked to develop their own ideas of what an angle is by comparing different real-world examples. This aims to engage students with the rich history of the complex concept of angle
  • New 2-D activities that complement the 3-D construction section. This includes tangram activities and tessellation work.
  • The existing activities in the Mathomat manual are being revised, so as to include improved instructions and activity sheets for skills practice for topics such as protractor use, tessellations and symmetry operations.