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How to Free Your Inner MathematicianNotes on Mathematics and Life$
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Susan D'Agostino

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843597.001.0001

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Mix up your routine, as cicadas with prime number cycles

Mix up your routine, as cicadas with prime number cycles

(p.11) 1 Mix up your routine, as cicadas with prime number cycles
How to Free Your Inner Mathematician

Susan D'Agostino

Oxford University Press

“Mix up your routine, as cicadas with prime number cycles” explains in non-technical terms how cicadas’ prime number life cycles—either thirteen or seventeen years, depending on the brood—serve as an evolutionary advantage that helps them minimize predator encounters. Mathematics students and enthusiasts are encouraged to learn a lesson from cicadas’ prime number life cycles in their mathematical and life pursuits by mixing up their routines and surfacing at unusual intervals in order to thrive. At the chapter’s end, readers may check their understanding by working on a problem. A solution is provided.

Keywords:   cicada, prime number, life cycle, predator, math, students, thrive

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