An annual update, ideas and resources for Valentine’s Day …
From Desmos, send one of their great math-o-grams to your mathematical friends!
The excellent Maths Careers site is managed and maintained by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. If your students wonder where Mathematics is used they will find plenty of answers here. See for example Who employs mathematicians?
Also from Maths Careers, see this post with instructions on how to make this wonderful pair of linked Möbius hearts.
If you wish to get creative and try this I advise watching the Numberphile video carefully; following the instructions worked as you can see from my creation here! I can verify that unless you follow the instruction to make sure the twist in each strip is in a different direction you will end up with a mess! Quite an interesting mess but certainly not two hearts!….
Note the Desmos graphs on my strips. I created a file in Word valentine-mobius-hearts (or pdf: valentine-mobius-hearts) with Desmos images in a table. Adding dotted borders to the table gives guidelines for cutting. I began each cut by using the end of a paperclip to pierce the paper.
To create my strips I printed the document and then printed again on the reverse. I then cut out and trimmed the strips so there was no white space at the end – the picture here has been made using strips 10 cells long.
This Valentine Relay from Chris Smith is excellent as are all the other relays in this excellent set of resources. You can find more excellent resources from Chris on TES and follow him on Twitter here.
You can find a whole collection of Treasure Hunts from Maths4Everyone here.
Remaining with the loving theme you can express your feelings for WolframAlpha!
and from the WolframAlpha archives, Computing Valentine’s Day.
Sending Valentine good wishes to mathematicians everywhere!