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Divination: using Excel to explore ethnomathematics. (English)
Spreadsheets Educ. 8, No. 1, 10 p., electronic only (2014).
Summary: This paper presents the way Microsoft Excel is used as a tool to explore properties of the Sikidy divination system used in Madagascar. This is an example of how topics of ethnomathematics can be investigated using a technological tool. We simulated the construction of the mother-Sikidy and used tools from Excel to present its properties graphically. We considered a generalization of the Sikidy divination system and realized that some properties still hold. Using the technology provides opportunities to persevere in solving mathematical problems.
Classification: M90 E30 U70
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