Fibonacci

Recently in math class, we seventh-graders have been studying some number patterns that are repeated throughout the universe. We learned about a young boy named Leonardo Fibonacci, who grew up in medieval Italy.  He loved numbers and spent his life studying them. He discovered that many things in nature follow a certain pattern. He is famous for his word problem about multiplying rabbits, that you may have heard about.  But we learned that you can see the Fibonacci sequence of numbers in so many things: the spirals in pineapples, pine cones, sunflowers, tree leaf growth. And ram’s horns, waves and nautilus shells also all follow the pattern!

 

To get the special sequence you start with 1 and 1. Then you add to get the next number: 2, then keep adding the last two numbers: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,  21, 34, 55, 89, 144, and so on.

To go along with our math, we did artwork based on Fibonacci spirals, which we made using the Fibonacci sequence. We also discovered Fibonacci poems: Poems that use the number sequence to guide the number of syllables for each line. In English Language Arts we wrote poems to accompany our artwork.  These will soon be displayed on the walls at school. Come on in to see them.

Maggie Gill is a seventh-grade student at the St. George School.

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