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Which Way Did the Bicycle Go?

Which Way Did the Bicycle Go?
And Other Intriguing Mathematical Mysteries

$58.00 (Z)

Part of Dolciani Mathematical Expositions

  • Date Published: No date available
  • availability: Refer to RE Math Assn, Refer to, Mathematical Assn of America, PO BOX 91112, WASHINGTON DC, 20090-112
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780883853252

$58.00 (Z)

Refer to RE Math Assn, Refer to, Mathematical Assn of America, PO BOX 91112, WASHINGTON DC, 20090-112
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  • This book contains the best problems selected from over 25 years of the Problem of the Week at Macalester College. This collection will give students, teachers, and university professors a chance to experience the pleasure of wrestling with some beautiful problems of elementary mathematics. Readers can compare their sleuthing talents with those of Sherlock Holmes, who made a bad mistake regarding the first problem in the collection: Determine the direction of travel of a bicycle that has left its tracks in a patch of mud. The collection contains a variety of other unusual and interesting problems in geometry, algebra, combinatorics, and number theory. For example, if a pizza is sliced into eight 45-degree wedges meeting at a point other than the center of the pizza, and two people eat alternating wedges, will they get equal amounts of pizza? Or: Is an advertiser's claim that a certain unusual combination lock allows thousands of combinations justified? Complete solutions to the 191 problems are included with problem variations and topics for investigation.

    • Full solutions are included
    • Problems selected to be appealing and challenging, but not intimidating
    • Particularly useful for teachers looking for ways to stimulate interest in mathematics
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    Product details

    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780883853252
    • length: 253 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.372kg
    • availability: Refer to RE Math Assn, Refer to, Mathematical Assn of America, PO BOX 91112, WASHINGTON DC, 20090-112
  • Table of Contents

    1. Plane geometry
    2. Number theory
    3. Algebra
    4. Combinatorics and graph theory
    5. Three-dimensional geometry
    6. Miscellaneous

  • Authors

    Joseph D. E. Konhauser, MacAlester College, Minnesota

    Dan Velleman, Amherst College, Massachusetts

    Stan Wagon, MacAlester College, Minnesota

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