Solve a Simpler Problem
Problem Solving Strategies Series
A ten-thousand-day countdown clock starts ticking on a Wednesday. On which day of the week will the alarm ring?
Some problems are challenging because they use numbers that feel intimidating or overwhelming. In situations like this, it can often be helpful to make up a new problem that is similar to the original, but which uses easier numbers. Solving the simpler problem may reveal a pattern or connection that we can use to tackle the original problem.
This is the third of four workshops in the Problem Solving Strategies Series. Each workshop in the series introduces a helpful strategy for tackling unfamiliar problems, and offers participants the opportunity to explore mathematical puzzles that have been curated to highlight the theme strategy. Participants can experiment with using the theme strategy, discuss different approaches, and gain confidence with technique.
This workshop meets for four 60-minute remote (Zoom) sessions.
Please choose either the July session or the August session:
We are happy to offer discounted pricing to families who enroll in multiple activities during Summer 2021. Please reach out using the contact form on this page for information.
Please also reach out if price is a barrier to your family's participation. Our hope is to make these experiences available to as many students as possible!
About Mathematics Workshops
Mathematics workshops focus on the joy of exploration and discovery. No specific mathematical experience is required.
Workshop content will generally target middle- and high-school mathematics concepts, though the puzzles and problem we explore can scale up or down to meet a variety of challenge levels.
You are welcome to use the contact form on this page to reach out with questions about whether a certain math workshop is right for your student.