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Discrete Math

Discrete mathematics is a content area usually considered to be a middle or high school topic. The groundwork can be laid throughout the grades with simple problems that explore permutations and combinations (How many outfits can you put together? How many ways are there to organize a line of 6 people?).
A few discrete math problems for elementary students are listed below.
 Related Resources

Interactive resources from our Math Tools project:
Math 7: Counting Principles
The closest match in our Ask Dr. Math archives:
Elementary Archive
NCTM Standards:
Data Analysis & Probability Standard for Grades 35
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Campfire Camaraderie
 Jessica Philips from Western Oregon University

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 1. How did the animals place themselves around the campfire?
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Choosy Chooser's Choices
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Find out how many outfits Charlene can put together for a sunny day.
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Emmy's Action Figures
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. In how many different ways can Emmy arrange her Famous Mathematician
action figures?
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Flipping Coins
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Determine whether this coin flipping game is a fair one.
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How Does Your Garden Grow?
 Team 7 Red Math Students  Highland Middle School

Elementary, difficulty level 4. Help the HMS students find out how many ways they can arrange their schoolyard garden.
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Olympic Rings Repair
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Help answer Jellybean's question about the Olympic rings.
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Pondering Palindromes
 Mary DeYoung & class

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 1. Explore 4digit palindromes and find something else they have in common.
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Video Trading
 Joyce Hoellein & Class

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Determine the number of trades necessary for each of the 4H members to see each of the video tapes.
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Wooden Legs
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How many different ways can Wendy use 31 legs to build wooden
dollhouse furniture?
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