Yesterday we did a neat project on problem #1 from Frederick Mosteller’s probability challenge book:
Today my older son is off mountain biking so the follow up project is with my younger son who is in 8th grade. I thought it would be fun to look at additional solutions to yesterday’s puzzle and show him how we could write down a formula for those solutions.
We started by look at some of the small solutions to yesterday’s problem and looking for patters. My son noticed a connection to that made me really happy!
Next I showed him the Internet Sequence Database. I wanted to show him that sometimes when you are looking at a sequence of integers, it is something that other people have studied before:
Now we returned to the whiteboard to study the sequence more carefully. Our starting point was the recurrence relation that we learned about in the last video:
Finally, and this is one of my favorite high school algebra examples, we took a first step at solving the recurrence relation. This step is a nice application of factoring and using the quadratic formula: