The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure
As a follow up to the class novel study on The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure each student created a book demonstrating the mathematics that they found in each of the nights (chapters). Some of the mathematics was quite complex, but students did well working in groups at discovering the math behind each concept. They demonstrated this novel by doing a picture book for each night. Their creations were laminated and bound yielding a memoir of the mathematics found in their novel experience.
Some of the math concepts that students are introduced to in this novel include negative numbers, power of numbers, imaginary numbers, irrational numbers, composite and prime numbers, natural numbers, square roots, triangular numbers, Fibonacci numbers(sequence), Pascal’s triangle, permutations, factorials, and combinations.
Sample pages for each of the chapters are below:
Overall I found this novel to be very successful! Students were very involved while working through the chapters and this literature tie-in was well received.
Some follow up links I came across on this novel are listed below:
Novel Study Link:
Teacher Designed Questions:
Personal Reflections on The Number Devil-Math Horizons- This article is a reflection by Angie Thuy-Anh Mai and contains some interesting connections between the names in the novel and real -life mathematicians along with vocabulary analysis and dream analysis.
Copyright for students’ work remains with the authors.