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Discovering Pascal's triangle

This project is a series of lesson plans designed to teach first-level properties of Pascal's triangle using the discovery teaching method. The teacher is supplied with all of the materials, references and instructions necessary to successfully teach the unit. The project was originally designed for general mathematics students but has since been expanded to include materials for junior and senior high school students. The major premise which permeates this project: is that learning mathematics is much more than mastering the fundamental skills of the subject. Mathematics education should be an effort to get students to think, analyze, see patterns and draw conclusions from data around them. Students who are exposed to mathematics teaching which is based upon this underlying philosophy enjoy this part of their education more and are better prepared to make good decisions in their adult lives.

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