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MARTIN GARDNER #2: SWITCHING AND FOLDING

BRONX vs. BROOKLYN (UPTOWN VS. DOWNTOWN SUBWAYS) (9/30/2014)  We talked briefly about this problem from last week.  It turns out that everyone did remember and agree on its solution.  I told the kids what I had been thinking about during the week – that if there was confusion about the solution, that maybe we could draw or symbolize the passage…

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MARTIN GARDNER #1: Mutilated Chessboard and Bronx vs. Brooklyn

In our first Math Circle of the year, we ushered in Gardner’s centennial with a look at some problems from his classic book My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles.   The problems seem almost whimsical because of how compelling they are.  They are, in fact, quite serious;  they touch on deep mathematical issues.  I had 5 problems prepared to look at…

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