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Pythagoras and the Ratios: A Math Adventure (Pythagoras Math Adventure)

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Pythagoras and the Ratios
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2010)
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Laurie Gray
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pythagoras and the Ratios by Julie Ellis carries young mathematicians and musicians back to Ancient Greece where an ever-curious Pythagoras enjoys solving problems so much that he often forgets to finish his chores. Young Pythagoras helps his cousin Octavius tune his new pipes by comparing them to his own and realizing that because they are twice as wide, they also need to be twice as long. Using the same ratios, he ties rocks of varying weight to the lyres of Reyna and Amara so that all of the ...more
Pythagoras is a curious boy who forgets to do his chores because he is too busy solving math problems. His latest puzzle is that of his cousins' musical instruments. Using his mathematical logic, Pythagoras figures out how to fix the pipes and lyres' out-of-tune sounds, just in time for the big town concert. Although this book is not completely historically accurate, it does a good job at explaining the mathematical ratios that Pythagoras came up with. I think that kids would really be able to u ...more
Best for kids ages 8 and up
Early Literacy Skills: Print Motivation, Vocabulary

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Pythagoras's cousin Octavius wants to win the music contest. The only problem is that his pipes are out of tune. Pythagoras compare the faulty pipes to his own perfect set. Together the cousins find a relationship between the longest and shortest of Pythagoras's pipes, which gives them an idea for how to fix Octavius's set. The answer's not so easy when cousins Reyna and Amara ask Pythagoras to fix their lyr
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mathematics
Cute book about ratios and the connection between math and music. Shows simplifying fractions using greatest common factor. Could be used around the time Social Studies is studying Ancient Greece.

6th Grade Common Core Standards:
Ratios and Proportional Relationships

The Number System

*Available at Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries*
Sep 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Copyright: 2010
Genre: realistic fiction
Thoughts: The illustrations looked promising, but the story and the math didn't quite go together. It was like the math came first and the story came second. The best thing about it was the historical note in the back about what Pythagoras really did in relation to musical tuning.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature, science
nicely done for kids.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary/Middle School
Reading level: AD680L
Genre: Poetry
Main Characters: Pythagoras, Octavious, Reyna, and Amara
Setting: Ancient Greece
POV: Pythatgoras
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