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**Part 1: Purposes and Organization of a Math Trail**

Introduction 6

Background and History 6

Characteristics of Math Trails 8

Blazing a Trail 10

Organizing a Math Trail Project 14**Part 2: Examples of Math Trails**

Recreational Mathematics in the Park 16

Recreational Mathematics Around Town 34

Recreational Mathematics at the Zoo 47

Recreational Mathematics in a Mall 57**Part 3: Mathematics of Several Kinds of Trail Situations**

Parking 70

Supermarkets 78

Buildings 82

A Hike in the Country 85

Tilings 88

American Flags 99

Moving Vans 106

Estimation 108**References 112Appendix: “A Mathematics Trail Around the City of Melbourne”**

A mathematics trail is a walk to discover mathematics. A math trail can be almost anywhere—a neighborhood, a business district or shopping mall, a park, a zoo, a library, even a government building. The math trail map or guide points to places where walkers formulate, discuss, and solve interesting mathematical problems. Anyone can walk a math trail alone, with the family, or with another group. Walkers cooperate along the trail as they talk about the problems. There’s no competition or grading. At the end of the math trail they have the pleasure of having walked the trail and of having done some interesting mathematics. Everyone, no matter what age, gets an “I Walked the Math Trail” button to wear.

This book is a guide to blazing a math trail. We’ll review the history of math trails and discuss their attributes. We’ll also discuss practical issues of organization and logistics in setting up and maintaining a math trail. We’ll discuss mathematical issues in choosing and describing problems and tasks along a trail. And we’ll also describe a variety of specific examples of trails and of problems.

After a rather pure education in mathematics,

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Math Trails

136 Pages

- Various, Informal Math Education, Communicating Math, Math Connections, Reasoning, Problem Solving

- Modeling Resource, Various

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