When high school senior Matt Forsythe discovers a weird computer and a secret door at school, a series of events unfolds where he and his friends solve one mathematical puzzle after another. After finding a teleportal, they travel to a strange world where numbers are actually alive! There they meet the mad scientist Maglio and the ghostly Fifty-Seven and discover that some of the numbers are mysteriously disappearing.
Charles Fischer has taught in public and private schools in a variety of settings, from rural Maine to inner city Atlanta. In the past 20 years, he has worked with a wide range of students from 4th grade to AP English and has been nominated for Teacher of the Year four times. He has his Master’s degree in Teaching & Learning from the University of Southern Maine, and received his B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. His latest book, The Power of the Socratic Classroom, has won four awards, including the NIEA Best Education Book. His first novel, Beyond Infinity, won a 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award bronze medal (YA fiction). His areas of expertise are Socratic Seminar, Active Listening, Inquiry, Teaching & Learning, and Critical & Creative Thinking. He is currently working on a book of poetry, a short story collection, and several novels.
These are fun numbers to discover and play around with. Multiples of 7 create other interesting patterns for students to discover!
One of the crazy properties of seven is that numbers (except zero and multiples of seven) divided by seven form the same repeating six digits: 142857. Take the number one and divide it by seven. Answer: .142857142857 ... Now try 2 divided by seven. It’s the same six digits, but in a different order: .285714285714 ... The same is true with dividing three, four, five, six, eight or nine. They are the same six digits in different order. These are called cyclical numbers because they repeat themselves in a cycle—in this case six digits repeating. Notice that the cycles are the same for 1 & 8 and 2 & 9, which leads to another pattern ...