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Wanko, Jeffrey J. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017
Working with language-independent logic structures can help students develop both inductive and deductive reasoning skills. The Japanese publisher Nikoli (with resources available both in print and online) produces a treasure trove of language-independent logic puzzles. The Nikoli print resources are mostly in Japanese, creating the extra…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Puzzles, Logical Thinking
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Case, Catherine; Whitaker, Douglas – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
In the criminal justice system, defendants accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Statistical inference in any context is built on an analogous principle: The null hypothesis--often a hypothesis of "no difference" or "no effect"--is presumed true unless there is sufficient evidence against it. In this…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Statistical Inference
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Hooley, Donald E. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014
The dice game Farkle provides an excellent basis for four activities that reinforce probability and expected value concepts for students in an introductory statistics class. These concepts appear in the increasingly popular AP statistics course (Peck 2011) and are used in analyzing ethical issues from insurance and gambling (COMAP 2009; Woodward…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Educational Games, Probability, Mathematical Concepts
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Flores, Alfinio – Mathematics Teacher, 2014
Tossing a fair coin 1000 times can have an unexpected result. In the activities presented here, players keep track of the accumulated total for heads and tails after each toss, noting which player is in the lead or whether the players are tied. The winner is the player who was in the lead for the higher number of turns over the course of the game.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learning Activities, Numbers, Mathematical Concepts
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Frahm, Bruce – Mathematics Teacher, 2013
Educational games provide a fun introduction to new material and a review of mathematical algorithms. Specifically, games can be designed to assist students in developing mathematical skills as an incidental consequence of the game-playing process. The programs presented in this article are adaptations of board games or television shows that…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Graphing Calculators, Mathematics Activities, Class Activities
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Carlton, Matthew A.; Mortlock, Mary V. – Mathematics Teacher, 2005
An activity using a game-related setting is presented for students to investigate probability and statistics.
Descriptors: Probability, Statistics, Teaching Methods, Educational Games
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Dugdale, Sharon – Mathematics Teacher, 1982
The development and use of an activity that uses the computer's unique capabilities to provide students with a relevant and highly motivating experience with the graphing of equations is outlined. The activity, called "Green Globs," illustrates the potential of developing new environments for learning on computers. (MP)
Descriptors: Computer Programs, Educational Games, Graphs, Learning Activities