You Can Ken-Ken
Ken-Ken is a puzzle invented in 2004 by Japanese mathematics teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto as a fun way for students (and others) to think about numbers, arithmetic, factoring, and logic. Like Sudoku, it involves filling a square array with digits so that each row and column has no repeated digits. We'll learn the rules and little bit of strategy for Ken-Ken.
An exploration of the various procedures used to create mazes – and the "fingerprints" they leave behind. Along the way, we'll learn a "mind-reading" trick to a-maze your friends.
Population Growth, Rabbits vs. Foxes, Epidemics, and the Zombie Apocalypse: Modeling
with Compartmental Analysis
In the compartmental analysis approach to modeling, we imagine that we have one or more compartments—a tank full of water, a pond full of fish, a barrel of monkeys, a bag of cats, a box of squirrels. For each compartment, we specify a starting size, and the "flow rates" by which things can enter and leave that compartment. Then we explore what happens as time goes by: If clean water is flowing into a previously-polluted pond, how long will it take until the pollution has dropped to insignificant levels? How does the flu spread through an unvaccinated population?
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