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Vi Hart, Doodling in Math: Sick Number Games

Mathemusician Vi Hart gives us a glance over her shoulder as she doodles, walking us through Ulam Spiral and Pascal’s Triangle.

We like these number games or puzzles because they’re fun – they reveal non-obvious patterns while integrating math and art. Vi is full of wonder and curiosity as she explores numbers.

Questions for discussion:
• How does Ulam Spiral help you find prime numbers?
• In addition to the pattern that Vi discusses in the video, what other patterns do you see in Pascal’s triangle?
• How do patterns help you extend your thinking about number properties?

What other questions did you and your family discuss after watching Vi’s video? Please share in the comments below!

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