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Can You Make an Elephant out of Polyhedra?

Our Math Circle is about playing with, conversing about, and collaborating on math. “We got those for Christmas,” announced G as she arrived and saw the Polydrons scattered across the table. “They were the only educational thing we got.”  A brief flash of worry entered my mind as our new Math Circle (with mostly new students) seemed to be labeled…

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There is a Unicorn Dying at the End of a Bridge

“There is a unicorn dying at the end of a bridge. He has 17 minutes left to live, unless 4 people can join hands around him and recite a magical spell. There are 4 people on the other side of the bridge, but it is very dark, they have one flashlight, and the bridge can only hold 2 people at a time. Ginny can cross in 1 minute, Ron in 2, Fred in 5, and Percy in 10. Can they save the unicorn?”

So began our younger Math Circle today…