Math Roots: Serving Up Sierpinski!

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The sierpinski triangle, created in 1916, has some very interesting characteristics. It is an impressive and valuable topic for mathematical exploration, since it combines Euclidean geometry (triangles and measurement) with fractal geometry. The Sierpinski triangle, also known as the Sierpinski gasket, is a fractal formed from an equilateral triangle. It is one of the most popular fractals to construct and analyze in middle school mathematics lessons. Since the 1960s, it has been possible to design fractals using a computer program, especially the complex examples that are often difficult to construct by hand. However, students can easily duplicate the Sierpinski triangle.

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THOMASENIA LOTT ADAMS is interested in multicultural mathematics and teachers' mathematics subject matter knowledge.

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Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School

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