For toddler Renée’s Christmas gift, Alex and Leon crafted a puzzle set of wooden blocks.
First, they made a sturdy box with circle, square, and triangle shapes cut in the lid.
To make the blocks large and baby-safe, Alex and Leon bought a 4-foot 2×2 board. Then they asked Uncle Will to help them create a set of special blocks to fit through the holes.
Each block was round and square and triangular, so it could fit exactly through any of the three holes.
How can that be?
To Be Continued…
Read all the posts from the December 2000/January 2001 issue of my Mathematical Adventures of Alexandria Jones newsletter.
CREDITS: “Christmas Tree Closeup” photo by Zechariah Judy via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).
Once again, a few of my favorite bloggers have come through with math calendars for our students to puzzle over. Check them out:
Things to Do with a Math Calendar
Post the calendar on your refrigerator. Use each math puzzle as a daily review “mini-quiz” for your children (or yourself).
In the classroom:
Post today’s calculation on the board as a warm-up puzzle. Encourage your students to make up “Today is…” puzzles of their own.
As a puzzle:
Cut the calendar squares apart and trim off the dates. Then challenge your students to arrange them in ascending (or descending) order.
Make up problems to fill a new calendar for next month.
And if you do, please share!
Tova Brown concludes her exploration of the Hilbert’s Hotel Paradox with a look at the cardinality of the real numbers.
You run a hotel with an infinite number of rooms. You pride yourself on accommodating everyone, even guests arriving in infinitely large groups — but some infinities are more infinite than others, as it turns out.
Hotel Infinity: Part Five
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Tova Brown dives deeper into Hilbert’s Hotel Paradox, considering the difference between rational numbers and reals.
You run an infinitely large hotel, and are happy to realize that you can accommodate an infinite number of infinite groups of guests.
However, a delicate diplomatic situation arises when a portal to another universe opens, introducing a different kind of guest, in a different kind of group.
Can you make room for them all?
Hotel Infinity: Part Four
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Tova Brown continues to examine Hilbert’s Hotel Paradox, pondering infinite sets of infinite sets.
As the proprietor of an infinitely large hotel, you pride yourself on welcoming everyone, even when the rooms are full. Your hotel becomes very popular among infinite sports teams, as a result.
Recruitment season presents a challenge, however, when many infinite teams arrive at once. How many infinite teams can stay in a single infinite hotel?
Hotel Infinity: Part Three
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Tova Brown explores the second part of Hilbert’s Hotel Paradox. What’s infinity plus infinity?
Running an infinite hotel has its perks. Even when the rooms are full you can always find space for new guests, so you proudly welcome everyone who appears at your door.
When two guests arrive at once, you make room. When ten guests arrive, you accommodate them easily. When a crowd of hundreds appears, you welcome them all.
Is there no limit to your hospitality?
Hotel Infinity: Part Two
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