Math Fun with Fibonacci Numbers in Nature

Hello Everyone,

Since 1986 April has been celebrated as a mathematics and statistics awareness month to increase understanding and appreciation of math and statistics. Have a look at the collection of resources and activities shared on social media using #mathstatsmonth.

A warm congratulations to Mike and Labros for passing their entrance test, and to Eli for his achievements, we’re so proud to see your successes!

Science class for trade learners continues to be held every Saturday. They are now almost at the end of the modules. The next class will be starting soon. Please contact Erum, the Math Coordinator for the registration.

Don’t forget to join us at the annual general meeting and PALS conference activities.

Math learners are encouraged to stay consistent and keep on practicing their math skills at home whenever they have time to use PALS math modules.

 

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The Fibonacci Sequence and Nature

As April promises renewal and growth, what better way to merge the season with math than through the concept of Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Ratio? These mathematical wonders are not only fun but also deeply connected to nature, art, and beauty, making them perfect for springtime exploration.

The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers where each number is the sum of the two preceding ones, usually starting with 0 and 1. That is, the sequence goes 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so on. What makes this sequence fascinating is its appearance in nature especially during the spring.

You can notice this sequence in flower petals: lilies have 3 petals, buttercups have 5, marigolds have 13, and some asters have 21. Similarly, if we follow the spirals on pinecones and pineapples in one direction and then in the other, we can find two consecutive Fibonacci numbers. Branching patterns on the trees also follow this sequence.

So, this April go for a walk in a garden, park, or your backyard and start looking for these patterns. Take photos or sketches and share them with us and your friends!

Math Literacy Coordinator

Erum Zeb
Call: 780-424-5514, press 3

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