My sister said my nephew's teachers claim he could be one of the most mathematically precocious children in the country. He learned quadratic equations at 7 and now at 10 proved the pythagreon therom. I personally think they are pulling my sister's leg, but I wanted to hear what other people think since I...

He's definitely precocious and needs to be in special math programs. He seems to be way past grade school math and into high school level stuff. He'll soon be well beyond that, I would guess. Whether he is a genius or not is irrelevant, and not the important thing. Get him into programs suitable for his level of talent and knowledge, so that he can progress at a pace that is suitable. That's not something a regular school can provide. See if there is a Math and Science Academy for gifted students that would be available to him. Little Man Tate is a more appropriate movie than Good Will Hunting in understanding your nephew. Remember that he's just a 10-year-old physically and emotionally, even if he's almost an adult as far as math goes.

Genius may be a bit strong but depending on how autonomous he is, it sounds like a rare talent. BTW, in the days before the internet it took me until I was about 23 to develop a purely geometric proof of Pythagoras theorem, which I felt I had to do because I knew they didn't have algebra in ancient Greece.

Proof of the Pythagorean theorem is relatively simple and has been published in virtually every junior high math book printed in the last few centuries.

So your 10 year old nephew read the math book that's meant for students a few years older, he understood the concept well enough to repeat it to a teacher. That makes him a really smart math student, but not some sort of one-in-a-billion math prodigy. He'll probably take advanced placement calculus in high school and go on to get a masters in Engineering and have a pretty good career and an upper middle class lifestyle if he maintains this pace - which is great, but its not going to get his name in the history books.

post his proof!

I bet if you tried you could learn quadratic equations and remember how to prove the pythagreon therom in 1 day if you're not thick and know real basic math.

He is probably way above is pairs because he likes math and has access to the internet but he isn't some 150 IQ "genius".

"Genius" is not a very useful term. If your nephew continues to work at his math, he could achieve some success in mathematical or computational research, or possibly in physical science research. Good luck. The risk is that he will become bored with it before he gets into the big leagues.

If you don't know much about math, ask the kid. And watch Good Will Hunting. It's relevant to your question.

A lot of that is an exaggeration, but it sounds like he has some attitude in math.

Sure it's possible. Assuming your sister's not lying, I highly doubt the teachers would be lying. Also in case you care, it's spelled theorem. :)

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