# Numberphile’s “Pebbling the Chessboard” game and Mr. Honner’s square

Yesterday I saw an amazing math post on Twitter by Dan Anderson: Just finished the @ProcessingOrg version of the Pebbling the Checkerboard game @numberphile http://t.co/pIxTvy2cDe https://t.co/LkvweRQPgX — Dan Anderson (@dandersod) December 20, 2013 I love seeing math games with surprising outcomes that are simple to explain.  NumberPhile’s video on the problem is a masterpiece: Solving … Continue reading Numberphile’s “Pebbling the Chessboard” game and Mr. Honner’s square

# Playing with Pascal’s triangle and angles hidden in cubes

In April 2018 I saw a great Numberphile video with Federico Ardila: The project that we did after seeing that video is here: Federico Ardila’s Combinatorics aand Higher Dimensions video is incredible This week my younger son was learning about coordinates in 3 dimensions in his precalculus book and I though it would be fun … Continue reading Playing with Pascal’s triangle and angles hidden in cubes

# 16 ideas I’ve learned from math, physics, and science researchers that are really fun to share with kids

I’ve had this blog post kicking around in my mind for a month or so. During that month it has morphed from not quite started to not quite finished. But I’m leaving on a work trip next week and decided to push publish today. There are so many great math and science ideas that researchers … Continue reading 16 ideas I’ve learned from math, physics, and science researchers that are really fun to share with kids

# Having kids play with Holly Krieger’s Dollar Game

Yesterday I saw a fun video from Holly Krieger and Numberphile about a “new to me” game called the Dollar Game. It looked like a great game to play and discuss with the boys this morning, so I had them explore the game a bit before watching the video. Here’s how I introduced the game … Continue reading Having kids play with Holly Krieger’s Dollar Game

# My talk at the 2018 Williams College math camp

[had to write this in a hurry before the family headed off for a vacation – sorry that this post is likely a little sloppy] Yesterday I gave a talk at a math camp for high school students at Williams College. The camp is run by Williams College math professor Allison Pacelli and has about … Continue reading My talk at the 2018 Williams College math camp

# Federico Ardila’s “Combinatorics and Higher Dimensions” video is incredible

Yesterday Numberphile published an absolutely amazing new video with Federico Ardila: The video blew me away – it felt like such a great way to share ideas about higher dimensions with kids. This morning I shared the video with my older son (my younger son had some school homework that he forgot to do . … Continue reading Federico Ardila’s “Combinatorics and Higher Dimensions” video is incredible

# One more trip through Goldbach’s comet with the kids

We’ve now down a couple of projects on the latest Numberphile video on the Goldbach Conjecture: Sharing Numberphile’s Goldbach Conjecture video with kids Exploring the Goldbach Comet with kids Following those projects I thought it would be neat to let the computer run and find the numbers that could be written as a sum of … Continue reading One more trip through Goldbach’s comet with the kids

# An unexpected surprise for me in the Goldbach Comet

I learned about the Goldbach Comet in this Numerphile video: We did two projects for kids based on that video: Sharing Numberphile’s Goldbach Conjecture video with kids Exploring the Goldbach Comet with kids My wife and kids were hiking up in New Hampshire for the weekend and I just let a simple Goldbach Comet program … Continue reading An unexpected surprise for me in the Goldbach Comet

# Exploring the Goldbach Comet

My wife and kids are going hiking today and I was looking for any fairly light project to do with the boys before they left. This morning I thought playing around with the Goldbach Comet would be a fun idea. We learned about it last week in Numberphile’s Goldbach Conjecture video: Our first project from … Continue reading Exploring the Goldbach Comet