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RIVER CROSSING: Missionaries and Cannibals, Polya

(May 19, 2015) Only R and J were there;  the rest of the kids were out sick.  We didn’t want to continue with the Dark Bridge/Unicorn problem without the others, so we tackled the famed river crossing problem Missionaries and Cannibals:  In the missionaries and cannibals problem, three missionaries and three cannibals must cross a river using a boat which…

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Folklore – River Crossing – Collatz – the Elephant – Siri – Cannibals

(April 28, May 5, and May 12, 2015)  We’ve had 3 sessions so far, and I see 3 big themes developing in this 5-session course for 9-11 year olds: Everyone thinks that “Everyone Else in the Room is Better at Math than Me.” Not everyone realizes what math is really about. There’s culture/folklore in mathematics that the kids are starting…

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The Ants Go Marching

(May 6, 2014)  Today I have a quickie report and lots of photos. We started with Smuyllan’s Inspector Craig puzzle #72.  Today our variables A, B, and C represented Able, Beatrice, and Cable.  I asked the kids if they realized that these are different people from the A, B, and C last week.  “Of course,” came the reply.  Then the…

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