# Questions tagged [math-puzzle]

Questions related to small scale mathematical questions that are often pursued for recreation purposes and require novel (to the participant) and compelling problem solving approaches.

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### How to explain Monty Hall problem when they just don't get it

Talking to some friends, I was asked to explain the answer to the Monty Hall problem (see also here;) .... they were having some trouble because whoever explained it to them didn't do a very good job. ...
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There are quite a lot of tricks/shortcuts enabling doing calculations efficiently in your head. (One of them that came to me today is the "squaring a number ending with a 5" trick I wrote about in ...
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This is a question I originally posted on Math Stackexchange. I've just seen a very good discussion of Monty Hall problem, and someone mentioned the "siblings" paradox. I've had some success ...
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### Challenge questions for extremely bright kids

I suppose this is the place for my questions as much as any place is: I'm a math student coming on my 3rd year of undergrad, and I am working as a counselor at a Summer math camp. The camp is for 12-...
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### Playful problems in mathematics

This answer describes an analogy between finite state machines and mazes. This allows for some playful exercises, like Draw a representation of a word accepted by the following automaton... which ...
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### Examples of Good Mathematical Games for a Mathematical Olympic

As a crazy idea in a coffee break after a boring lecture I suggested my students and colleges that we can have some fun in our department by participating in a "Mathematical Olympic Games". They ...
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### Are puzzles a good way to interest pre-college students?

Nothing more quickly disspitates the myth that most people aren't interested in math than hitting them with a good puzzle and watching the instinctive human urge to solve it get to work. To be fair, ...
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### Puzzles for Logic Courses featuring propositional logic and set theory?

Puzzles are interesting form of exercises. They help students to learn the teaching material in a funny way. Particularly in logic, puzzles could be very useful to show the complexity of the subject. ...
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### Game project using linear algebra

Throughout this year, I have been in charge of a linear algebra course aimed at engineering school. In this course, I asked my students to work on a final project involving finding a winning strategy ...
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### Easy and good book on combinatorial problems

I am searching for a book on combinatorics and/or mathematical puzzles for very beginners in easy English. The book should not contain detail mathematical expressions, will contain easy understanding ...
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### How to convince parents that Mathematical puzzles/games help students in their academics too

I write content and conduct workshops for an education firm and also in schools where I try to make them realise how beautifully mathematics and rational thinking complement each other (on elementary ...
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### Logic/Mathematics problems for training

Where I live, there is this competition called the "Känguru Wettbewerb" (german), in English, that would be "Kangaroo Competition". This is a mathematics competition where the goal is to solve ...
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In my country the education system is very expensive, so I’m considering starting an organization to teach lower-income students for free. In particular, to motivate them into the science fields. So, ...
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### What age group is this puzzle appropriate for?

I have created the following simple tiling puzzle for children. The puzzle consists of 9 tiles shown below (4 pieces of type A, 4 pieces of type B and 1 piece of type C): The goal of the puzzle is to ...
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### Does solving crosswords help with recall of definitions?

I have an idea to help with self-study and recall of definitions. It is to create a crossword where the clues are the definitions and the words to solve are the concepts being defined. I haven't ...
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### What's the age recomendation for my app?

I've developed an android math game called MathLab that has started to gain popularity. It's a simple fill-in-the-grid puzzle with variable cell sizes and locking cells. My daughter's math teacher got ...
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