Saturday, March 12, 2011

Richmond Math Salon Next Saturday - Math Magic

The next math salon will be on Saturday, March 19 (2 to 5, as usual). Participants will learn a few mathematically-based magic tricks, and why they work. We'll also see if we can make up variations on these tricks.
  • We'll play Guess My Number, and each child will get a set of the 5 cards used. We'll explore base 2 counting to see why this works. [To do this, the 'magician' needs to be able to add numbers up to 31.]
  • Anyone who really likes this game can make a more advanced version which uses base 3.
  • We'll play a Card Flip game which uses any deck of cards. (Please bring your favorite deck.) [To do this one, the 'magician' needs to be able to recognize odd and even.]
  • We'll play number games you can always win (if you know the secret)!
Sound fun? Let me know if you can join us by emailing me at suevanhattum on that not-cold-mail system. (Am I outsmarting the spambots?)  ;^)



[Here's a great video of the math salon about this time last year.]

4 comments:

  1. Oscar was just asking when the next one would be; he enjoyed it so much. Unfortunately, we have a church event in the morning and a family event in the evening, so the kids need to rest in the afternoon. Have a great time, and we'll see you next month!

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  2. Hi Laura, good to hear from you! Sorry you'll have to miss it. I'm skipping April (traveling over Spring Break), so it'll be May unless we get together some other time.

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  3. Can you send me more specific directions for these games? (I might want to incorporate them into a Julia Robinson activity if you're willing.)

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  4. Sent in email. I can post here after Saturday for others...

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