May 14, 2009 Math: The Language of Science and the Intrigue of Humanity. Eighth grade math students participated in a videoconference using Skype with math professor, Dr. Diana Thomas of Montclair State University.http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~thomasd/
Dr. Thomas spoke about why we study math, conjectures and proofs. She said that with math we prove what we believe is true and until that moment it is simply a conjecture. Her examples focused on prime numbers with a quick sketch of the proof that there are an infinite number of prime numbers. Students learned about proving the countability of rational and real numbers. She also emphasized the math can be applied to help solve problems faced by humanity. Thank you Dr. Thomas!
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