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Author:David C. Miller
Description: Four questions that explore the problem of creating a pyramid from a set of dominoes, dealing with the concepts of arithmetic series; derivation of square roots including a graphical method; scientific notation; exponential notation; quadratic equations; and imaginary numbers. The author believes that we try to teach all sorts of answers before a student has the desire to ask the questions, so he begins with a question from his grandson, Ian, and tries to show how to use mathematics to find the answer.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Problems/Puzzles
Math Topics: Equations, Exponents/Roots, Patterns/Relationships

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