(02/05/96)
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MathMagic Cycle 20: Level 4-6 Regular
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Sliding Ends Star
A
o Join the "o"s with a thin marker line to form a five
point star: AC,AD,BE,BD and EC. Use the cutouts from
a hole puncher and select FOUR bright ones (use some
left over construction paper). Your job is to come
Eo oB up with modified step-by-step instructions to help
anyone solve this challenge:
"Put the first dot on any point of the star, and
o o then slide it along one of the (straight) marker
D C lines to another star point, and leave it there.
Put a second dot on another star point that is
empty, and slide it along the marker line to another empty corner. Simple!
Do the same with the third dot and TRY to do the same with the fourth, so
that you will end up with four dots that have been slid into four empty
corners". Not that easy, once you try it.
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MathMagic Cycle 20: Level 4-6 Advanced
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Primitive* Pythagorean Triplets
a b c Based on the Pythagorean theorem (a^2+b^2=c^2) the
----- ----- ----- table at the left has been developed.
3 4 5
5 12 13 Working with your team and NTPs, try to come up
7 24 25 with at least EIGHT questions, observations or
8 15 17 hypothesis based on the data, that perhaps would
9 40 41 be valid if more elements were added to the table.
12 35 37 Example: All c's seem to fit a 4n+1 pattern.
(*) When a, b and c are relatively prime (they have no factor in common
other than 1) the Pythagorean Triplets are said to be Primitive
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Good luck
MrH