Ideal for grades 3 - 7
Duration: 40 minutes
©1991 Children’s Television Workshop
the most popular feature of Square One TV’s
daily television program, is a parody of a well-known detective serial — with a twist. On MATHNET, the detectives are
mathematicians who use their skills to unravel mysteries. The five-part MATHNET mysteries, produced by Children’s Television
Workshop, are now available for classroom use.
The mission of Mathnet is problem solving. Mathnetters Kate Monday and George Frankly use a
variety of strategies and skills as they investigate crimes. As in real life, they must discard extraneous clues, follow up
on the promising ones, estimate, look for patterns, and use a wide variety of resources such as maps, compasses, rulers,
computers, and data bases.
The Mathnetters’ motto is, “to cogitate and to solve.” Together they review the facts,
try not to overlook the obvious, and if they're stumped, look at the problem from another angle. Sometimes they use mental
arithmetic. Frequently they approximate. And occasionally, the Mathnetters will even use the calculators they carry in their
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b) public performance, c) campus or building closed circuit and digital/video-on-demand transmission.