Dalhousie Math Circles #3
Logic and puzzles go together like bread and butter. On Wednesday, November 20th, Sarah Meng Li, an undergraduate Mathematics student at Dalhousie University, challenged all of the participants at the Math Circles event to think like mathematicians. The focus was on solving puzzles and the challenge was to see how many of the problems presented could be solved. Through a series of puzzles and problems, students were introduced to Set Theory and initially used Venn Diagrams to solve puzzles. This led to a few puzzles from the game of Set. Participants were challenged to find six sets of three cards where the individual features of colour, shape, number and shading were either all the same or all different in the card patterns provided. It’s a great game! In the second part of the workshop, the emphasis was on logic. Students were encouraged to parse the meanings of sentences and to deduce new information from old information. There were some tricky problems presented, and our students had fun using logic to distinguish between Truth Tellers and Liars and other twisted word puzzles. I was impressed by the focus and the success our students had as they worked in small groups. What a great opportunity for them to challenge their math abilities while enjoying the company of friends and the free pizza provided. I commend Vincent Armstrong, David Akinboro, Eric He, Jennifer Liang, Lucas Martin, Stanislav Matkovskyi, Aden O’Callaghan, River Qi, Eric Qian, Phil Xia and Bruce Zhang on their interest and contributions.
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