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Nice Guys Finish First (Sometimes) (MatheMUSEments!)

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Author:Ivars Peterson (Math Muse for Kids)
Description: There's trouble in the schoolyard. A kid has accused you and your pals of doing something you shouldn't have. You have to decide whether to stick with the gang or go your own way. You're not completely sure you can trust your friends, so you face a tough choice. Mathematicians and economists call this type of problem the prisoner's dilemma: it forces you decide whether you cooperate with others or take advantage of them... [Produced 10 times a year by the publishers of Cricket magazine (in association with Smithsonian magazine), Muse features articles and activities for children 8 years old and up.]

Levels: Late Elem. (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Game Theory, Optimization

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