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|Cut the Knot!, Alexander Bogomolny|
|A discussion of evolution, inheritance, genes and mutation, the Prisoners' Dilemma, and how these and other biological themes relate to mathematics, with an applet that applies a genetic algorithm to solving the Toads and Frogs puzzle. An interactive column for MAA Online that uses a Java applet to simulate a puzzle or mathematical problem, one not stated directly since the applet is intended to be such that the right answer to an as yet unstated problem should be easy to surmise. Also at http://www.cut-the-knot.org/SimpleGames/evolutions.html.|
|Levels:||Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Resource Types:||Problems/Puzzles, Articles, Web Interactive/Java|
|Math Topics:||Basic Operations|
|Math Ed Topics:||Problem-Solving, Manipulatives, Constructivism, NCTM Standards|
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