This paper presents the way Microsoft Excel is used as a tool to explore properties of the sikidy divination system used in Madagascar. This is an example of how topics of ethnomathematics can be investigated using a technological tool. We simulated the construction of the mother-sikidy and used tools from Excel to present its properties graphically. We considered a generalization of the sikidy divination system and realized that some properties still hold. Using the technology provides opportunities to persevere in solving mathematical problems.
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Gomez, Cristina; Oppenheim, Hannah; and Yurekli, Osman
Divination: Using Excel to explore ethnomathematics,
Spreadsheets in Education (eJSiE):
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/ejsie/vol8/iss1/6