A terrific probability problem for kids shared by Alexander Bogomolny

Saw this tweet from Alexander Bogomolny yesterday and knew immediately what today’s project was going to be 🙂 The problem is, I think, accessible to kids without much need for additional explanation, so I just dove right in this morning to see how things would go. My first question to them was to come up … Continue reading A terrific probability problem for kids shared by Alexander Bogomolny

Sharing a great Alexander Bogomolny probability problem with kids

[note: I’m trying up this post at my son’s karate class. It is loud and unfortunately I forgot my headphones. I’m left having to describe the videos without being able to listen to them . . . . ] I saw a really great problem today from Alexander Bogomolny: By coincidence I heard the recent … Continue reading Sharing a great Alexander Bogomolny probability problem with kids

Alexander Bogomolny shared one of my all time favorite problems this morning

This tweet brought a big smile to my face this morning: This is an absolute treasure of a 3d geometry problem, so if you’ve not seen it before definitely take some time to ponder it. I asked my younger son to play around with the problem using our Zometool set. Here’s what he found: I … Continue reading Alexander Bogomolny shared one of my all time favorite problems this morning

An instructive counting / probability question from Alexander Bogomolny

I saw this question from Alexander Bogomolny today through a tweet from Nassim Taleb: It reminded me a bit of a fun question I saw from Christopher Long a few years ago: A great introductory probability and stats problem I saw from Christopher Long The first solution that came to mind for the dice question … Continue reading An instructive counting / probability question from Alexander Bogomolny

Extending our Alexander Bogomolny / Nassim Taleb project from 3 to 4 dimensions

Last week I saw really neat tweet from Alexander Bogomolny: The discussion about that problem on Twitter led to a really fun project with the boys: A project for kids inspired by Nassim Taleb and Alexander Bogomolny That project reminded the boys about a project we did at the beginning of the summer that was … Continue reading Extending our Alexander Bogomolny / Nassim Taleb project from 3 to 4 dimensions

A project for kids inspired by Nassim Taleb and Alexander Bogomolny

I woke up yesterday morning to see this problem posted on twitter by Alexander Bogomolny: About a two months ago we did a fun project inspired by a different problem Bogomolny posted: Working through an Alexander Bogomolny probability problem with kids It seemed as though this one could be just as fun. I started by … Continue reading A project for kids inspired by Nassim Taleb and Alexander Bogomolny

Some beautiful geometry in a challenge problem from Alexander Bogomolny

I did the project below with the boys on Sunday before they went off to camp for a week. The idea wasn’t to get into heavy math, but rather just a relaxed walk through some fun shapes. We got one detail wrong in the 4th video which I was sort of kicking myself for, but … Continue reading Some beautiful geometry in a challenge problem from Alexander Bogomolny

A terrific example for calculus students from Nassim Taleb and Alexander Bogomolny

I saw a wonderful exchange on twitter yesterday on a problem posted by Alexander Bogomolny: At first this problem didn’t really jump off the page as a good first year calculus example, but then I as the solution that Nassim Taleb posted: I’m a tiny bit time constrained this morning and can’t get the Taleb … Continue reading A terrific example for calculus students from Nassim Taleb and Alexander Bogomolny

Working through an Alexander Bogomolny probability problem with kids

Earlier in the week I saw Alexander Bogomolny post a neat probability problem: There are many ways to solve this problem, but when I saw the 3d shapes associated with it I thought it would make for a fun geometry problem with the boys. So, I printed the shapes overnight and we used them to … Continue reading Working through an Alexander Bogomolny probability problem with kids

A challenging but worthwhile probability problem for kids

Alexander Bogomolny shared a great problem from the 1982 AHSME yesterday: I remember this problem from way back when I was studying for the AHSME back in the mid 1980s. I thought it would be fun to talk through this problem with my older son – it has some great lessons. One lesson in particular … Continue reading A challenging but worthwhile probability problem for kids