Off-the-shelf Primary Mathematics Masterclass about the golden ratio in nature.
What is the Golden Ratio and why is it interesting? Why does it crop up in nature so often? Here we explore these questions and discover the mathematics of nature.
Mathematics can be used to describe many aspects of the world around us, and interesting mathematical concepts underlie many natural structures. Starting from the idea of limits of sequences, we look at the Golden Ratio, a number which has many links in nature, but is also misunderstood. We discuss why this number is interesting, and explore some examples of places it can be seen.
Note that this session overlaps to a certain extent with ‘Rabbits and Sequences’, which also covers the idea of sequences and introduces the Fibonacci sequence. However, both sessions could be covered by the same group, as this session focuses more on limits and covers the Golden Ratio.
Length: 2 hours (see the session leader notes for ideas on how to shorten the Masterclass).
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