In the beginning of the year, I gave my class a small mathematics project that involved the prime numbers and order of operations. The goal is to produce the first 100 prime numbers from the digits 1997. This is fun and interesting way to engage the students with the content and at the same time give them a review of the order of operations
Here is a photo of the completed Prime Number Poster. Each prime number had to have a unique look to reflect how each of the prime numbers is unique. Each student was assigned between 5 and 7 primes to compute. Some were very difficult to get. I had to introduce factorial so some could be completed. They could use any integer exponent. Here is an example using 1997 to get the prime number 167.
The students really enjoyed this mini project. We could have gone with the year 1998, but I thought the final 8 would make it a bit easier so I chose the 1997 instead to make it more challenging.
Prime number 491 was the most difficult and last to get. There was a big competition among a few of the students as to who would get it.
Half way into my Physics class, someone came running in yelling “I got it, I got it”. It was a great day.
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