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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: In the basic version of this Windows-based game, the player faces a gray landscape of 64 blank squares in an eight-by-eight grid. The object is to locate 10 randomly placed "land mines" hidden among the playing field's squares, working as quickly as possible without detonating any of them. The first few moves require one or more wild, potentially fatal guesses. Given that uncertainty, is it better to start in a corner, on the side, or in the middle?... Mathematicians are using the game to introduce students to formal mathematical proofs.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Games, Articles
Math Topics: Logic/Foundations, Game Theory

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