The Snail-in-Well Problem Humanistic Mathematics Education
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Association for the Development of the Information Society
Proceedings of the National Conference on "Education and Research in the Information Society", Plovdiv, May, 2016, 171p-178p
Although well-known, the math problem about the snail which crawls up during the
day in order to get out of a well, but slips down during the night is still full of surprises in terms of mathematical ideas. In particular problem posing an unexpected necessity of using astronomical calendar is justified. This widens the educational potential of the problem and makes it attractive for both students and teachers. Graphical representations prepared in
GeoGebra dynamic mathematics environment aid inquiry-based learning.
Report published in the Proceedings of the National Conference on "Education and Research in the Information Society", Plovdiv, May, 2016