Task
Where did math come from?
Who invented math?
What do famous Mathematicians have to do with the math we learn today?
This webquest is going to help answer questions like these. By researching and learning about a famous mathematician you will have a better understanding of the beginnings of math and how it affects the math you learn today.
You need to select a mathematician from the following list:
Sir Isaac Newton
 Archimedes
 Leonhard Euler
 Hypatia
 Johm Nash
 Pythagoras
 Leonardo Pisanot Fibonacci
 Galileo Galilei
 Euclid ofAlexandria
 Aristotle
 Leonhard Euler
 Blaise Pascal
 Carl Friedrich Gauss
 Grace Hopper
 Ptolemy
 Rene Descartes
 Charles Babbage
 Albert Einstein
 Florence Nightingale
 Mary Lucy Cartwright
 Eratosthenes
 Ada Lovelace
 Pierre De Fermat
2. You must research your famous mathematician.
3. You must make a power point presentation. Include pictures to improve your power point presentation. The Power point presentation must have 6 slides divided into these 6 parts:
Process
Part 1 – Title Page
1. Title
2. Mathematician’s name
3. Your name
4. My name
5. Dates of birth and death
Part 2 – Childhood
1. Where and when your mathematician was born
2. Information about your mathematician as a child and about her/his family
3. Her/his early education (Before college)
4. How her/his childhood may have affected her/his math career
Part 3  Education
1. Where did your mathematician get her/his education as a young adult and also into adulthood
2. What was her/his education like
3. How did her/his education affect her/his math career
Part 4 – Adult Life
1. How did your mathematician’s adult life include math
2. What were some of her/his accomplishments in math
3. Was your mathematician famous for anything outside of the world of math
Part 5 – How The World Has Been Affected
1. How did your mathematician’s accomplishments affect other mathematicians
2. Did she/he have any famous inventions or math formulas
3. How did her/his work in math affect us today
Part 6 – Cited Works
1. Links to the different websites that you used in this project
Follow the process below to complete this assignment.
1. Use the internet to research your mathematician. Once you find a mathematician to research, make sure you can find enough information to complete this assignment.
Important information to look for
 Dates of birth and death
 Place of birth and where your mathematician was raised
 Education
 Accomplishments that make this mathematician famous
 How this mathematician’s work affected other mathematicians
 How this mathematician’s work affects things today
 Did your mathematician have any famous inventions
 Famous quotes by your mathematician
 Anything else you find relevant, interesting, or important about your mathematician
These are some good sites to use, but feel free to explore more sites on your own.
Evaluation
Your evaluation will be based on your power point presentation. See attached rubric.
Rubric

Beginning 1 
Developing 2 
Accomplished 3 
Exemplary 4 
Score 
Title Page 
Had very little information 
Had some information 
Had most of the information 
Had all of the information 

Childhood 
An attempt was made, but only some information was given 
A fair amount of information was given and accurate 
Most of the information was accurate and was given 
Accurate information was given 

Education 
An attempt was made, but only some information was given 
A fair amount of information was given and accurate 
Most of the information was accurate and was given 
Accurate information was given 

Adult Life 
An attempt was made, but only some information was given 
A fair amount of information was given and accurate 
Most of the information was accurate and was given 
Accurate information was given 

How the world was affected 
An attempt was made, but only some information was given 
A fair amount of information was given and accurate 
Most of the information was accurate and was given 
Accurate information was given 

Works Cited 
Had very little properly cited works 
Had some properly cited works 
Had most of the properly cited works 
Had all of the properly cited works 

Use of pictures and animation 
Some pictures and animation were used and the look of the power point presentation was poor 
Some pictures and animation were used and the look of the power point presentation was fair 
Pictures and animation were used and the look of the power point presentation was good 
Pictures and animation were used and the look of the power point presentation was excellent 

Conclusion
Conclusion
Now that you have researched a mathematician you should not only have a better understanding of your mathematician, but you should also have a better understanding of where the math that we learn today came from. You will get to hear about many more mathematicians when we view your classmates presentations. Remember the skills you used in this webquest for future research projects and as you get older and take different math classes think about how they are influenced by the mathematicians you learned about in this project.