Dear Math Lovers,
It's that time of month again - the Bard Math
Circle will meet on Saturday, November 10th, 1-3pm in the Kingston Library (upstairs
in the Community Room). Middle school-aged students will engage in our
math puzzles and logic games, work on a sheet of challenging problems,
and build a math artifact to take home.
The problems this month are
sample problems from the AMC-8 contest. In part, this is preparation for
those students who will visit us at Bard College next Tuesday, November
13th to face the AMC-8 contest. But the real reason that we focus on a
few challenging problems each month is as an entry point into beautiful
mathematics, and seeing unusual and creative ways in which the
mathematics we already know can be used to solve problems in ways we
don't expect. We still have room, so if you're interested, please visit our AMC-8 Page for instructions on how
The hands-on project this month is constructing a
challenging puzzle known affectionately as Instant Insanity. It's a
simple-looking puzzle built of three wooden cubes and colored stickers,
but as the name suggests, it's insanely difficult. As a bonus, we'll see
a different way of considering the problem that makes the solution
quite simple. And then you get to take the puzzle home to your family...
See you in Kingston this Saturday!
Bard Math Circle