Checked and updated annually, ideas and resources for Valentine’s Day …
(Whilst some of these resources were created some time ago, they are still ideal for Valentine’s Day.)
From Desmos, send one of their great math-o-grams to your mathematical friends!
For an alternative source of Valentine’s cards, we can turn to NASA!
Here is another, a variation on the above Valentine’s puzzle using the first 12 prime numbers.
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 (embedded further down this page); 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.
From Clarissa Grandi on Artful Maths, a selection of creative Valentine’s Day maths activities, including an origami neat little paper heart, drawing cardioids and plotting parametric hearts, and a slotted paper heart globe
From Plus Magazine, see their review of Strange Attractors: Poems of love and mathematics which includes the poem, “Where the Kissing Never Stops” by Ann Calandro which the reviewer points out very effectively use mathematical imagery, for tangential curves (“kissing curves”).
A song which has always made me smile from The Klein 4…
Remaining with the loving theme you can express your feelings for WolframAlpha!
and from the WolframAlpha archives, Computing Valentine’s Day.
Sending Valentine’s good wishes to mathematicians everywhere!