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  1. If she's pondering Canadian schools, I'm wondering if she might be interested any of these? -University of Guelph -University of Saskatchewan -University of Lethbridge -University of Alberta All have well-regarded biology and agriculture programmes. All will be cold! Lethbridge will be the warmest, with Chinook winds periodically through the winter.
  2. That's great! I haven't read Walcott myself, but had Omeros on a long list of Homer-related works (the Penelopiad and so on) that I thought we might do at one point . We wound up doing a whole bunch of Central European lit in translation instead! (One never knows which way the wind will blow one...) But I'm glad something from one of my endless lists wound up being indirectly useful to someone else!!
  3. How about Derek Walcott's Omeros? Should be just the ticket for a former classical homeschooler....
  4. Humour might be good? The Murderous Maths series is a bit of a hoot.
  5. I'm trying to remember...all of the Mitsumasa Anno books were wonderful (Anno's Magic Seeds, Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar, Anno's Math Games). Kathryn Lasky, The Librarian Who Measured the Earth. Denise Schmandt-Besserat, The History of Counting. Glory St. John, How to Count Like a Martian. Demi, One Grain of Rice. Marilyn Burns, The I Hate Mathematics Book (which I kept in a plain brown wrapper so he couldn't see the title!!). Hans Magnus Enzensberger, The Number Devil. Theoni Pappas, the Penrose books. Puzzlegrams by Pentagram Press. David Schwartz, G is for Googol. The Thomas Y Crowell Young Math series (there are about twenty-odd of them, I think--mostly out of print). Catherine Sheldrick Ross, Circles, Squares, and Triangles (three separate books). Charles Townsend, Merlin's Big Book of Puzzles, Games and Magic. There were more, but I can't remember any more, sadly. The Nuffield books were fun (though not picture books): The Living Math website always had a lot of good suggestions, too: Hope you'll find something you'll like! ETA: Ivar Ekeland, The Cat in Numberland!! Awesome book.
  6. Yes, I liked that book a lot--really good explanations, and some very challenging problems. I hope you're enjoying your trip!
  7. Oh, age 6 is the best! I loved it. So many things to explore, so much fun to try to figure out how little brains work! I kept big baskets of math picture books around--and we'd also just get out pencils and paper and make up puzzles for each other. It was so joyous! What I found so interesting was the sophistication of the concepts that we could try--little kids don't know things are supposed to be hard, I think! So we talked a lot about number bases (we had fun books called The History of Counting and How to Count Like a Martian, I remember) and other fun things--lots of geometry-type things, too. I wish I could remember more, or had kept a journal. I do remember his favourite math thing when he was five--taking out a square piece of graph paper and colouring half of it, then colouring half of the remaining half in a different colour, and so on and so on, until he was left with the tiniest little bit in the middle--that was good for hours of contemplation and adding up fractions...Also he made lots of graphs of data about his books when he was six or so (especially the Hardy Boys since there are so many of them): frequency of repeated words in the titles or scenes in the illustrations...lots and lots of graphs. Oh, and also lots of fun--we'd go out to the driveway and I'd set up equations with pinecones and seashells in place of variables...or we'd make tower of Hanoi puzzles with different sizes of leaves from around the yard. It was so so so fun. I'm glad you're hanging out on this board!
  8. Thanks, Kathy! It has indeed been such a lovely adventure--I have been feeling very nostalgic lately about all of the fun stuff we used to do--Miquon, and the Anno books, and Malba Tahan, and the Thos. Crowell Young Math Books, lots of picture books about math, and the Nuffield green/red/purple books, Don Cohen's calculus for six-year-olds (or whatever that cute little spiral-bound book was called), lots of recreational problem-solving books--math was glorious fun! It still is for him, which makes me really glad (not so fun for me now that I feel so out of my depth, but every now and then I still get a few glimmers and feel very happy!). You have been a big help along the way, too--I carefully noted your recommendations for things as my kids grew--lovely Jacobs for algebra and the Shanks/Brumfiel/Fleenor/Eicholz precalc book were big hits with him, and I found them in your posts first! The Stein calculus book is published by Dover, so nice and cheap! And there are some instructor's materials free on Dover's website (not that you would need them!). We have found some gems on their site--we got some books Kiana recommended that my son loved (about topology and graph theory and game theory), and years ago I got him the huge Averbach/Chein recreational math book--that was perfect when he was about eight or so--he'd finished the AoPS number theory book at that point and was hungry for more mathy fun.
  9. Thanks, square_25! There are indeed some interesting problems in this book. We used his geometry and alg2/trig books, too--(those were both co-written by Chakerian and Crabill)--so we picked this calculus book based on warm feelings for the first two! And also because there is a whole chapter about applications of calculus to traffic (this is my child who's fascinated with urban planning)! I'm just hanging on by my fingernails, though, now that we've gotten to calculus, which I never studied myself--good thing The Kid loves math, and can usually explain it to me! And thank goodness for the hive when he can't....thanks again to you both.
  10. Thank you so much, Kathy! That makes excellent sense. (You should have seen the smile on his face when he read your post--he's run off to prove the converse now!) Thank you for your generous help--we appreciate it.
  11. The Kid (who is much better at math than I am) is working on a chapter about the mean-value theorem (which is otherwise going pretty well so far), but is stuck on the problem below; we spent most of yesterday afternoon trying to wrestle with it without much luck. It sort of "feels" as though the proof should be simple and interesting, but so far it's just a head-scratcher! (It's from Sherman Stein's Calculus in the First Three Dimensions.) Using the inequality ex > 1 + x for x > zero, prove this theorem: If u1, u2, u3,…is a sequence of positive numbers such that the sequence of sums u, u1 + u2, u1 +u2 + u3, … converges, then the sequence of products (1 + u1), (1 + u1)(1 + u2), (1 + u1)(1+u2)(1+u3),… also converges. Then prove the converse. Would any of you very kind math people be able to give us a push in the right direction? We'd be so very, very appreciative!
  12. My eldest used that one--it's a really good book, I think.
  13. What about something like audio recording? Being the sound tech guy for shows, or the recording engineer for people making albums? Or...your mention of 3D printing reminded me of a tour I once took of a prosthetics lab--some young people were 3D printing arms and hands for amputees in the third world--very cool, and very inspiring--so life-changing for the recipients. I wonder if anything like that would be interesting? Or...I know someone working in industrial instrumentation--installing and maintaining the controls for huge factories (hydro plants, that kind of thing)--it pays very well (at least here), and is tech-y but not super math-y. There's some programming involved, I think. My acquaintance is patient, detail-oriented, likes working independently. Or...when my dad was receiving cancer treatments, he was really fascinated talking to the guy that maintained the radiation machines--he thought that sounded like a cool job! Or..a weird one...being an assayer? I remember your thread from a couple of years back--your son sounds like a neat guy. I'm sure he'll blossom beautifully when he finds the right niche!
  14. "What if I'd totally messed up her entire future and no university would take her because she's homeschooled?!? " Oh, I hear you! Lots of waking up at 3 am with this exact thought..... Congratulations on all of her acceptances! I'm sure she'll make a wonderful success of university and have a grand time exploring her new community. Enjoy your summer together--it will be a special time.
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