Beyond the Classroom – Math Magic is a free virtual self-paced course in which you can learn real magic tricks inspired by mathematics! The course is open for enrollment on an ongoing basis.
In this course, students can learn nine different magic tricks which involve mathematics. These are real magic tricks, that incorporate objects such as cards, dice, and rope. The course is self-paced, which means users can adapt it to their schedule, and work on it as fast or as slow as desired. To make sure students can properly learn the tricks, each is broken down into several tasks. The course includes a demonstration video for each trick, plus some additional explanatory videos.
In addition, students earn virtual stickers for each trick they complete and a certificate of completion is issued after a minimum number of tricks is finished.
The course was designed for students ages 11 to 18, but is open to anyone.
Math Magic is hosted on ScarletCanvas, Ohio State’s web-based Learning Management System, with support of the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Distance Education.