[Edu-sig] Pythonic Math must include...

michel paul mpaul213 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 19 04:06:35 CET 2009

On Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 6:11 PM, Gregor Lingl <gregor.lingl at aon.at> wrote:

> This exposes in my opinion an unsurmountable dilemma, namely
> that usually you cannot meet even those few criteria mentioned
> in the beginning in a single solution.

I think it's OK that there's not a 'single' solution.  If I saw math
students interested in coming up with their own ways to generate primes,
even if not optimized, wow, I'd be thrilled.

I gave my math students the opportunity to do end of semester projects using
either Python or GeoGebra <http://www.geogebra.org/cms/>.  One kid emailed
me saying he had figured out a way to generate any number of rows of
Pascal's triangle using Python, and he wanted to know if this would be an OK
kind of project.  I found that really interesting given the topics in this
thread occurring simultaneously.  I replied to him "Absolutely!"  I haven't
seen his code yet, but I'm really glad that this is what he wanted to
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