Developing Mathematical Reasoning Using Attribute Games

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  • 1 Teach mathematics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA 16444

The game of Set has proved to be a very popular game at our college mathematics club meetings. Since we started playing, the membership has grown every month. In fact, one of our members brought her sixyear- old son to a meeting, and he now looks forward to playing Set with us. As a result of playing the game in our club and thinking about the results, we created and solved a variety of mathematical questions. For example, we wondered about possible strategies for winning and conjectured about phenomena that happened when playing. These questions involve a wide variety of traditional mathematical topics, including the multiplication principle, combinations and permutations, divisibility, modular arithmetic, and mathematical proof.


Anne Quinn,, Bob Koca, and Fred Weening,, teach mathematics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA 16444. Quinn is interested in discrete mathematics and the use of technology in teaching; Quinn also advises the mathematics club. Koca was living in Kenya at the time this article was prepared. Fred Weening is interested in complex analysis and discrete mathematics; Fred advises the chess club and the juggling club.

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