Lecture (Level 1) – The magic of Fibonacci numbers

by Arthur Benjamin

professor of math at Harvey Mudd College and entertainer using the title “Mathemagician,”  where he performs mental calculations, memorizations and other math magic.

First preview the vocabulary below.  Then do the exercise by first reading a single question and then listening for the answer.  When you hear the answer, pause the video and answer the question.  Then read the next question and do the same thing.  If you get the answer wrong, then go back to where the answer is given and listen again.

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essentially:  basically
calculation:  adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
application:  making use of math in the real world
inspiration:  getting surprising answers
patterns:  numbers that repeat
motivated:  making students want to learn
and so on:  and it continues
square:  multiply a number by the same number
consecutive:  one followed by the next
rectangle:  a long square
sum:  the result of adding things together
generate:  make
ratio:  the relationship between 2 numbers


More info on Leonardo Fibonacci:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci

Arthur Benjamin’s website:  https://www.math.hmc.edu/~benjamin/

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