Why Is the Year 2000 a Leap Year?

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  • 1 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Keeping track of time has intrigued people throughout history. The constant urge to harness time has resulted in many attempts to perfect the calendar. The study of calendars offers students many opportunities to investigate measurement issues associated with time, the revolution of the earth around the sun, and the historical development of the calendar as civilization became more dependent on keeping accurate time.


Jesse (Jay) Wilkins areas of research include educational opportunity and quantitative literacy.

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Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School


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