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Resources to Teach Complex Numbers

This weekend after my presentation at the DACTM Fall Conference, someone asked me for a game about Complex Numbers.  This was intriguing to me since I’m going to be teaching Complex Numbers in my Algebra classes in about two weeks.  After a quick search of the Internet, here are a few of the resources that I have found:

1.  Complex Numbers Bingo  Although I am normally against Bingo in the classroom, this version actually seemed pretty challenging, and so I’m OK with it.

2.  Complex Hearts  I thought that this is a great game, but that’s probably only because I like the card game ‘Hearts’ to begin with.

3.  Complex Number Game  This is a great demonstration (as always) from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project.

4.  Complex Numbers:  Real and Imaginary!  Game   This is actually not a game at all, but I ended up liking it because of the trivia-esque feel of some of the questions.

5.  Introduction to Complex Numbers  This is a link to a collection of web videos about Complex Numbers (may or may not be useful).

Out of all these, the Complex Numbers Bingo is probably the most likely candidate to use with my students.
By Jon Oaks

College Math Instructor. Tech Enthusiast. Visionary. Creative Genius. But above all, I enjoy what I do. That is why I am a teacher. Because I like to teach.

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