Ultimate Toothpick Pattern

Meeting Summary

We met to talk about a very simple, but really interesting, new pattern that can be created in the following way.

  1. Start with a single toothpick
  2. Add another toothpick at a right angle to each of the pointy-ends of the pattern
  3. If two toothpicks, meet at  their pointy-ends, don’t add toothpicks to the place they meet.

We started with actual toothpicks, and eventually started to see a neat pattern emerging. And then, things got all mathematical! Continue reading Ultimate Toothpick Pattern

The BMC is now recruiting for 2015–16

The Boise Math Circle is excited to announce we’ll be continuing our program throughout the 2015–16 school year! The BMC is open to middle and high school students with some experience in algebra. If you like solving problems and want to learn more about the creative side of math, please consider applying. If you have a friend that does, invite them to apply too!

BMC Brochure - Fall 2015

Printable Fall 2015 Flyer

 

We will begin on Saturday morning, September 19, and meet approximately every two weeks. See our schedule of meeting dates.

Teachers

Please help us recruit participants by letting your students know about the program. If you’d like attendance reports for your students (e.g., for extra credit) , please send us an email. You’re of course welcome to join the sessions.

Boise Math Teacher Circle Summer Workshop

Agenda

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

  • 8:00 – 9:30         Problem Solving Part 1 (Strategies, 10 Problems, 2 Problems)
  • 9:30 – 10:00      Break
  • 10:00 – 11:30   Launch + Arithmetic Fun (Overview, Slides)
  • 11:30 – 1:00      Lunch (bored?)
  • 1:00 – 2:30         Polygons on a Sphere (handout)
  • 2:30 – 3:00         Break
  • 3:00 – 4:00         Who is a Mathematician?

Thursday,  July 30, 2015

  • 8:00 – 9:00        Prep for Field Trip (Arches, Bubbles, Waves, Calculator)
  • 9:00 – 9:15        Break
  • 9:15 – 11:30     Field trip to the Discovery Center
  • 11:30 – 1:00     Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:30        Iteration (handout)
  • 2:30 – 3:00        Break
  • 3:00 – 4:00        Sona Drawings (handout)

Friday,  July 31, 2015

  • 8:00 – 9:30          Problem Solving Part 2
  • 9:30 – 10:00       Break
  • 10:00 – 11:30    Dimensions (handout)
  • 11:30 – 1:00       Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:30          Sharing Resources
  • 2:30 – 3:00          Break
  • 3:00 – 4:00          Math Games (handout)

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