How Connected are Gears, Ratios and Fractions?

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Lipson, Debora (2008) How Connected are Gears, Ratios and Fractions? In: Connected Maths. Vincent, Jill, Dowsey, John and Pierce, Robyn, eds. The Mathematical Assocation of Victoria, Brunswick, Victoria, pp. 222-231.


The recent introduction of robotics in schools has allowed students and teachers access to a range of educational potential embedded in this medium. However, it has been observed that often there is not a considered inclusion of gears in most constructions. This appears to be attributed to either the lack of appreciation for the maths associated with gears, or the lack of understanding of fractions and ratios. This presentation will cover the results from a recent research project and allow an opportunity for experiential learning through some hands-on play, examining ratios and fractions while building a compound gear configuration.

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Paper presented at the Mathematical Association of Victoria's Forty-Fifth Annual Conference, 4 &​ 5 December 2008, Bundoora, Victoria. Theme was 'Connected maths'

Item type Book Section
ISBN 9781876949990 1876949996
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 9302 Teaching and Instruction
Keywords ResPubID14914, compound gears, fractions, ratios, gears
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