Machines That Eat Your Words (MegaMath)
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Nancy Casey; Los Alamos National Laboratory  
An introduction to the concept of finite state machines, and how they are used to design computer systems that will recognize patterns. A finite state machine is an imaginary (or abstract) machine that is used to study and design systems that recognize and identify patterns. The idea of a finite state machine is a powerful one that has many applications in computer science. Mathematics as Problem Solving, Mathematics as Communication, Mathematics as Reasoning, and Mathematical Connections are critical items throughout the NCTM Standards. They appear at every level because they form the core of what it means to do mathematics.  


Levels:  Elementary, Middle School (68), High School (912) 
Languages:  English 
Resource Types:  Lesson Plans and Activities 
Math Topics:  Patterns/Relationships, Computer Systems 
Math Ed Topics:  Curriculum/Materials Development 
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