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Nick's Mathematical Puzzles
Welcome to my selection of mathematical puzzles. What's new? See puzzle 160. The math puzzles presented here are selected for the deceptive simplicity of their statement, or the elegance of their solution. Explaining how an answer is arrived at is more important than the answer itself. Each puzzle is assigned a level of difficulty of between one and four stars, with four being the most difficult. The source for each problem is given at the bottom of the solution page. I welcome feedback of any kind. Some brief biographical information. Nick Back to top

No 'him' or 'her'; preschool fights gender bias
STOCKHOLM (AP) — At the "Egalia" preschool, staff avoid using words like "him" or "her" and address the 33 kids as "friends" rather than girls and boys. From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don't fall into gender stereotypes. "Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing," says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher. "Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be." The taxpayer-funded preschool which opened last year in the liberal Sodermalm district of Stockholm for kids aged 1 to 6 is among the most radical examples of Sweden's efforts to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood onward. Breaking down gender roles is a core mission in the national curriculum for preschools, underpinned by the theory that even in highly egalitarian-minded Sweden, society gives boys an unfair edge. View gallery

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I Love Math and Young Math
►The "I Love Math" series by TimeLife covers virtually every elementary math concept. These books can be used to explore math concepts within the stated themes, and are possibly the most-read math readers in our home library among all our kids. They are out of print, but many can be found at used booksellers at reasonable prices. To print, click on the printer icon at the bottom of the list Play Ball: Sports Math (I Love Math) - Sports theme math, many concepts explored in one book. Pterodactyl Tunnel: Amusement Park Math (I Love Math) Math puzzles, activities and stories with a dinosaur theme. The Case of the Missing Zebra Stripes Zoo Math (I Love Math) Math thru a trip to the zoo The Mystery of the Sunken Treasure: Sea Math (I Love Math) Math activities with a sea theme Alice in Numberland: Fantasy Math (I Love Math) From Head to Toe, Body Math (I Love Math) multi-math concepts explored with anatomy Look Both Ways: City Math (I Love Math) Math in Life – multi-concept stories and activities

Politics and the Classroom: One More Try - Stanley Fish Blog
Readers who responded to my column lampooning the University of Colorado’s plan to raise $9 million for a chair in conservative thought aggressively reopened a question I took up in several columns written in 2006. The question, provoked by the fact that according to a survey only 2 or 3 percent of the C.U. faculty identifies as Republican, is, what is the relationship between the political affiliations of a faculty member and his or her classroom performance? And the answer I gave, and would still give, is none, necessarily. The objections raised to this argument in 2006 have all surfaced again, and although I have replied to them often, I obviously have not vanquished them; and since the issue is an important one, I’m going to give it another try, as Milton might say, “yet once more.” But before taking up the substantive points made by those who disagree with me, I want to correct some mistaken assertions of fact. You don’t have to take my word for it.

Flags of the World Coloring Pages, Printables, Jigsaws and Crafts!
Use our acrostic poem printables for patriotic holidays, brightening up a geography lesson, or for... Our little flag booklets are fun to print, fold and fill out, and the kids can build up quite a... For each of the countries we cover, we've got 4 different sets of bookmarks - two to colour, and... Below you will find our collection of high quality printable flag colouring pages for over 100... A collection of flag crafts that you can enjoy with the kids, either in a classroom or group... We have two very different flag games for you here. Print, cut out and reassemble these flag jigsaws for children - they are a fun way to learn the... Useful notebooking pages (two variations) for many different countries all over the world,... For each of the countries below, we have a 3-page pdf with flag printables of different sizes. Help kids to learn the flags of the world with these fun flag fuse bead patterns designs.

Patterns are math we love to look at
Why do humans love to look at patterns? I can only guess, but I’ve written a whole book about new mathematical ways to make them. In Creating Symmetry, The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, I include a comprehensive set of recipes for turning photographs into patterns. Here’s a pattern I made, using the logo of The Conversation, along with some strawberries and a lemon: Mathematicians call this a frieze pattern because it repeats over and over again left and right. When we can do something to a pattern that leaves it unchanged, we call that a symmetry of the pattern. You can make frieze patterns from rows of letters, as long as you can imagine that the row continues indefinitely left and right. What other symmetries does it have? Now here’s where some interesting mathematics comes in: did you notice the reflection axis between the As? Suppose a pattern stays the same when you flip it about a mirror axis. That proves it! What do I mean by horizontal stuff?