An Engaging Puzzle to Explore Algebraic Generalizations

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In this article, we discuss a popular puzzle we have used numerous times with our preservice elementary and secondary mathematics teachers. Students find the puzzle engaging; its primary appeal to us lies in the mathematics behind it.

Contributor Notes

Tod Shockey, shockey@math.umaine.edu, is an assistant professor in the department of mathematics and statistics at the University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. He is interested in ethnomathematics.

David Bradley, bradley@math.umaine.edu, is an associate professor in the department of mathematics and statistics at the University of Maine. He is a research mathematician working in number theory and special functions.

(Corresponding author is Shockey shockey@math.umaine.edu)(Corresponding author is Bradley bradley@math.umaine.edu)
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