After reading *The Manga Guide to Calculus*

and *Logicomix*

I wondered if any and all mathematical concepts could be explained in graphic novel form.

With my classes I have experimented with having them make a comic book page on concepts where they had only a surface understanding (implementing a rule mechanically). I wanted to see if making a comic might make them look deeper.

In one case I was trying to teach how statements with “all” and “none” affect a Venn Diagram. Here’s a student example (the student gave permission for me to post but desires to remain anonymous):

[Full-size version.]

If you want to try this with your class emphasize drawing skill is unnecessary. Characters and/or plot are also optional; a succession of panels showing the math is enough, although it helps to utilize the dynamism of the comic format:

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Denise, on April 21, 2010 at 9:06 am said:Dan Greene did comics with his algebra students:

Language and Retention of Math Concepts

I should try this with my daughter and see what she comes up with. Sounds like fun!

Jason Dyer, on April 21, 2010 at 10:40 am said:Not sure how I missed those, since he’s in my Reader, but thank you!