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# How to invent mathematical puzzles

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Solving mathematical puzzles is a fun way to improve your problem solving skills. Inventing puzzles takes you even deeper into mathematical thinking. In this presentation you'll learn how to create your own Sudoku puzzles. And the lessons you learn will help you create other mathematical puzzles as well. It's fun, it's creative, and. both kids and adults can do it.

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### How to invent mathematical puzzles

1. 1. Scott Kim Nueva School March 11, 2011 INVENTING MATHEMATICAL PUZZLES
2. 2. Puzzles
3. 3. Solving
4. 4. Inventing
5. 5. Demo Demo
6. 6. Why?
7. 7. Why? What’s missing from math education?
8. 8. Language Reading Writing What’s missing from math education?
9. 9. Language Reading Writing What’s missing from math education? CREATIVE
10. 10. Language Reading Writing Problem solving Math What’s missing from math education?
11. 11. Language Reading Writing Problem solving Math What’s missing from math education? ?
12. 12. Language Reading Writing Problem solving Problem posing Math What’s missing from math education? Problem posing
13. 13. Language Reading Writing Problem solving Problem posing Math What’s missing from math education? Problem posing PUZZLES
14. 14. How? INVENTING MATHEMATICAL PUZZLES is a great way to explore the CREATIVE SIDE OF MATHEMATICS
15. 15. How?
16. 16. Sudoku
17. 17. Sudoku
18. 18. Sudoku
19. 19. 1. Fill in the blanks
20. 20. 1. Fill in the blanks <ul><li>One solution </li></ul><ul><li>Many solutions </li></ul><ul><li>No solutions </li></ul>
21. 21. 2. Add a theme Put inside a larger story
22. 22. 2. Add a theme Change appearance
23. 23. 2. Add a theme Add extra meaning
24. 24. 3. Easy to Hard
25. 25. 3. Easy to Hard
26. 26. 3. Easy to Hard Levels = secret of videogames Requires testing
27. 27. Putting it all together
28. 28. Putting it all together mathfair.com
29. 29. Putting it all together Kids present puzzles they made
30. 30. Putting it all together With added themes and levels of difficulty
31. 31. 4. Change the rules
32. 32. 4. Change the rules Change the size
33. 33. 4. Change the rules Change the region shapes
34. 34. 4. Change the rules Change the goal
35. 35. Conclusions
36. 36. How to invent mathematical puzzles 1. Fill in the blanks 2. Add a theme 3. Easy to hard 4. Change the rules
37. 37. Mathematics Art COMMUNICATION
38. 38. INVENTING MATHEMATICAL PUZZLES is a great way to explore the CREATIVE SIDE OF MATHEMATICS
39. 39. INVENTING MATHEMATICAL PUZZLES is a great way to explore the CREATIVE SIDE OF MATHEMATICS Interested in family puzzle gatherings? Email me: scott@scottkim.com