by the numbers 1 to 6. Also, it has the honour being a unitary

perfect number, ie it can be interpreted as being the overall sum

of its unitary divisors (excluding itself). Give this a try to convince

yourself: 1 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 12 + 15 + 20 indeed equals 60.

Students of science (in particular chemistry) would almost

definitely be acquainted with the 'Buckyball', which is also known

as Buckminster Fullerene- an allotrope of carbon possessing 60

carbon atoms in each molecule. It was named after the genius who

had earlier designed a geodesic dome bearing an uncanny

resemblance to the C

_{60 }structure. Here's a little visual feast for the eyes:

Did you know besides the widely used decimal, binary and

hexadecimal systems, a sexagesimal system (employing 60

as its base of computation) also exists? Previously used in

Babylonian Mathematics, it is now responsible for time and

angular measurements (think seconds, minutes, arc seconds

etc). How about a counting sample from the ancient times to

appreciate things a wee bit more?

Without further ado, let the 60th MTAP carnival begin. Welcome.

Over at

**Math Mamma writes**, Sue Vanhattum shares her little

mulling session over the unproven

**Collatz Conjecture.**In her

personal opinion, she feels this is definitely something worth

investigating and also serves as a puzzle kids can enjoy, at the

same time practice multiplying by 3/ dividing by 2.

At

**Random Walks**, John Chase reviews a presentation (by

Alison Bank) on

**Math Is Not Linear**and extrapolates things

with his own set of experiences.

**Fractals: A Different Kind of Geometry**written by Guillermo Bautista at

**Mathematics And Multimedia**aims to reveal the intuitive notion of fractals.

Coming right up, a celebration of pedagogy.

**Three Acts: Basketbola Preview**at

**Prime Factors**gives

readers an extensive sneak peak of Tom Ward's blockbuster

lesson plan. In his own words:

**"Basketbola is an algebra II lesson in which students use graphing software to model the flight of a basketball. They use their mathematical models to predict whether or not the ball will go in - the student who is the best predictor gets to add their basketball shot to next year's contest!"**

The kitchen is a great place for young kids to learn about

geometry, measurements, fractions and other math related

stuff as Jacquie Fisher explains in her post

**Great Cookbooks for Kids and Math Fun In The Kitchen**at

**KC EDventures.**

Who says charity and math don't go hand in hand? Susan

Carpenter has rallied her young charges in a service project

to feed hungry families in

**100 Cans of Food by the 100th Day of School**, and

**therein you will discover mathematics learning is very much alive in this initiative.**

**If your students are extremely frustrated when dealing with**

fractions, Jennifer Smith's downloadable fractions flippable

templates made available in her post

**Fractions are Fun!**

could possibly make understanding a whole lot easier.

At Denise Gaskin's

**Lets Play Math!**blog,

**Math That Is Beautiful**has posted a lovely video (by CristÃ³bal Vila of

**Inspirations From Maths**)

**encouraging parents to sit down**

alongside their children to make beautiful math together.

I reckon this is still space for one more entry, so allow me to share

a guest post written for my site earlier this year by Dr Diana S.

Perdue titled:

**A Math Class That Requires a Party Playlist For Your iPod? Yes, Please!**

That's all folks

**for this current edition of Math Teachers At Play.**

**Math Hombre**is the destination for the upcoming April 2013

carnival, so be sure to head over there next month for more math bites.

Peace.

(PS: I would like to accord a sincere thank-you to

**for giving me the opportunity to contribute to this blossoming math blogging community. )**

__Denise Gaskins__**13 March 2013**