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Notes on Representation – Tally Marks
I’m assuming you are quite familiar with tally marks: As a system of representation of quantity, tally marks play a very interesting role. You can view it as a number system, yet as a number system it does not compete … Continue reading
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A CollatzInspired Puzzle
This is a puzzle. In prior posts, I used the Collatz Problem, restated here: Each counting number n past 1 is assigned a successor number, as follows: The number “1″ is considered home, and when you’re home, you stop. If … Continue reading
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Notes on Lookup – Another Sieve for the Collatz Problem
This post is a followup on an earlier post in which I introduced the Collatz Problem and designed a sieve that systematically builds solutions and is very efficient in the work it does. In this post, I’ll give a version … Continue reading
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Notes on Lookup – Histograms as Sieves
I think I overlooked one interesting example of something like a sieve being used in the typical K12 math curriculum, and this post is intended to remedy that. It is possible and instructive to look at a histogram as a … Continue reading
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Math in the Comics – part 6
Today, there is a followup on yesterday’s Non Sequitur comic – in which Danae’s new math system is revealed: henceforth, she will start with the answer and work back to get an equation that fits the problem. This way, she … Continue reading
Math in the Comics – part 5
In today’s comics, there is this Non Sequitur one: Comics, to me, are interesting regardless of whether a particular one is funny, since they reveal a lot about the community and the society in which they appear. Usually, comics make … Continue reading
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Notes on Lookup – A Sieve for the Collatz Problem
This post is meant as a followup on this one on lookup and sieves, not on my more recent one pondering the diminished status of lookup in K12 math. I’ve been playing with different ways to use a sieve to … Continue reading
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