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Math Masters: Aerobics of the Mind - Session 1, Week 3

June 28, 2013

Weekly Updates

This week in Math Masters, students have explored complex and impressive math concepts!
  • They learned about the Rhombicosidodecahedron, with 240 triangular faces and 122 edges.
  • They learned about Euler's formula that can calculate vertices (v), sides (s), and edges (e): v + s = e + 2
  • They learned about Probability from our group game "Skunk": they learned that there is a 1/6 chance of rolling a 1 on one dice, and a 1/36 chance of rolling two 1's --> (1/6 x 1/6 = 1/36).
  • They discussed "independent events" with probability - rolling a 1 on the dice once does not impact the next roll, there is still a 1/6 chance of getting any number 1-6.
  • They worked on patterns and logic puzzles
  • They explored chance and choice through the game "Skunk"
  • They have used variables to solve equations
  • They explored prime factors, divisibility rules, and fact families in the game "PrimePak"

We will have read the following math books by the end of Math Masters:
  • "How Much is a Million" by David M. Schwartz
  • "Ready, Set, Hop!" by Stuart J. Murphy
  • "Betcha!" by Stuart J. Murphy
  • "Divide and Ride" by Stuart J. Murphy
  • "Sir Cumference and the First Round Table" by Cindy Neuschwander
  • "On Beyond a Million" by David M. Schwartz
  • "Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland" by Cindy Neuschwander
  • "Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi" by Cindy Neuschwander
  • "Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone" by Cindy Neuschwander
  • "G is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book" by David M. Schwartz

Students have been enjoying themselves at the game stations as well, and we have introduced new games this week! We have played/will play the following new games this week:

  • Skunk (a game of probability/chance)
  • Colorku (Sudoku with colors)
  • PrimePak
  • Fraction Battleship
  • Magnetic Pattern Blocks

I have greatly enjoyed working with the Math Masters students this summer! They have worked very hard and have challenged themselves mathematically! I have been very impressed with their mathematical capabilities and work ethic! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

For a full list of games we have played and books we have read, and to see an electronic copy of this newsletter, see my Summer U website:


  • Summer U classes END on Tuesday, July 2.

Thanks! - Ms. Wegley

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