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NMF Weekly: Ask Your Math Friend James

NMF Weekly Puzzle Newsletter
Issues #21 & #22, May 2021  ·

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In NMF Weekly Issue #21, Ana Jean wants to know how we know that the square root of 2 is irrational. James is ready to tackle this (while making a sandwich, no less!) as he demonstrates first, what exactly is a square root, and then how to visualize what an irrational number is using a piece of paper. Try this one at home!
In NMF Weekly Issue #22, Kaden asks what "proportional reasoning" means. As keen readers will remember, James loves to tie a good math question back to his native country of Australia, this time with emu eggs and.. cats?! Can you invent your own proportional reasoning puzzles after this issue?
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Direct Links: NMF Weekly Issue #21 (PDF) and Issue #21 Solutions (PDF)
Direct Links: NMF Weekly Issue #22 (PDF) and Issue #22 Solutions (PDF)
The NMF Weekly is written by Dr. James Tanton, and brought to you by The Young People's Project, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), the National Math Festival, and the Global Math Project.
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