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answer to math forum 97 POW
Posted:
Jul 17, 1997 10:54 AM


The answer varies according to whether there is an even or odd number of guests sitting at the table. If there were an even number of guests you would want to sit one seat to the kings right. If there were an odd number of guests you would to sit one seat to the left of the king. There was agreement to this solution among our group. A similiar problem depends on the focus of the question. We interpret the focus point to be the comprehension of odd and even numbers.A similiar problem would be to stand children in boys and girls line. Give objects to every other student until every student has an object but one. Determine if there is a pattern why that particular student was left without an object. This problem has several uses: 1. understanding odd and even numbers; 2. diagraming as a method to solve a mathematics problem. 3 critical thinking skills. An adaptation to this problem would be to select a different skip number for the king. For example if the king were to dump oats on the head of every third person would a pattern be formed to determine where to sit, Would that pattern depend on the number of guests (odd or even eg.)



