Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, November 24
Making the concepts of mathematics more comprehensible for the students, Pushpa Gujral Science City today opened a new mathematics gallery to explain various concepts and theorems.
Various exhibits have been put up in this gallery to explain the concept of Pythagoras theorem, binary numbers, origin of zero, place value, square roots etc. An exhibit on shapes and projections aims at explaining the concept of finding proper orientation and insert objects in the correct holes. A screen has been put up to explain the various linear and quadratic functions.
A simplified version of mythological Brahma Tower of Banaras, too, has been erected at the Science City to explain the concept of probability using various disks. A section has been put up to explain Fractal Tree Index. Roller coasters have been installed to explain various geometrical concepts and angles. A huge hyperbola structure too has been put up for explaining axis, cones, cuts, coordinates, ellipses etc. While the Science City already had a solar clock, its mathematics gallery now also has a water clock in which the time is calculated on the basis of drops falling.
Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Minister for Science and Technology, formally inaugurated the ‘Mathematics Gallery’. Kotli said: “I feel that such facilities in the form of science centres should be set up in every district of the state to supplement formal education. To begin with, one more science centre should be set up at Mohali, for which I will take up the matter with the Chief Minister for requisite support. I will also ask the Chief Minister to include mandatory visit to Science City as a compulsory part of curriculum of secondary, higher and technical education in Punjab”
He said though the Punjab government organises visit of government school students to Science City under Mukh Mantri Vigyan Yatra every year, however, a large number of students still remain deprived of this facility. Dilip Kumar, Principal Secretary, Punjab, Science, Technology and Environment, Punjab, was also present on the occasion.
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