Extraordinary Math Teaching by Dan Finkel

Dan Finkel suggested principles of extraordinary math teaching:

Math can the best of time or the worst of time.



1) Start with a question.

2) Thinking happens only when you have time to struggle.

3) (Teacher), you are not the answer key.

4) Say yes to your students’ ideas.

5) Play!

A marvelous quotation is attributed to the most brilliant scientist of the modern age, Albert Einstein: “Play is the highest form of research.”





Betting Math

Leslie Green’s Casino Problem

A bunch of Physicists, fresh from College, go to their local casino with plans to profit with their advanced gaming strategiesCasino Roulette - 3d render for Roulette. They have chosen a Roulette game where there are 36 numbers from 1 to 36, alternately colored black and red. There is only one green slot, which is usual in Europe but unusual in the USA. When the ball lands in the green slot, 0, all bets are lost to the House.

All participants place 223 bets. Each bet pays out at 1/1 odds, meaning you get your bet back plus an equal amount of winnings.

John bets only on RED, and only immediately after a run of 3 reds.

Sally bets only on EVEN, but only after the sequence ODD, ODD, EVEN, ODD.

Peter looks for a run of 8 events, either all ODD, all EVEN, all RED or all BLACK. He then bets against this run continuing.

At the end of the 223 bets, who is the most likely to have won?

Leslie Green’s Sports Betting Problem

736The all-male under-10 football team, the Hunky Heroes, are playing the all-girl under-12 football team, the Girly Girls. I am facilitating the betting, although this may not be strictly legal in all jurisdictions.

Buddy and his friends have put a total of $200 on the favorites, the Hunky Heroes, to win. If they win I have to pay out a total of $3 for every $2 placed.

Samantha and her friends have put a total of $50 on the Girly Girls to win. If they win I will pay out a total of $6 for each dollar placed. (Some people would call this 5/1 odds, where you win $5 for each dollar placed AND you get your $1 bet back).

Some of the parents have individually placed a total of $100 on a draw. In this case I pay out a total of $3 for each dollar placed.

Who has the greatest chance of winning?

Casino Statistics

In a casino on a Sunday,  90% of the visitors lost $200 each, # 9% of the visitors lost $1,000 each, and # the rest won $10,000 each. # If the profit of the casino is $340,000, how many people visited the casino?

The answer

Bankrupt Business

Jane and Gerry visit a casino. In one game, they have a 1/5 probability of winning $100 and 1/2 probability of losing $50. They have also a chance of no win / no loss. What is the most likely amount of money they will win (or lose) at the end of 100 games?

The answer

Gambling is bad for your health and budget!

Really Practical Math

Math can be really practical and useful!Image

For students.


For lock breakers.

For car racers.

For pool managers.

For family folks.


Math Magic: To Predict Unknown


One of the math magic is to predict unknown facts. Please find below several situations where math gives unexpected and useful answers.

1. Code Testers

John detected 2 errors and Mary – 3 errors in a code. There is one error in common. How many errors are still undetected?

It looks like a joke. However there is a mathematical solution of the problem that shows that the number of undetected errors is N. I am sure that you can easily to find the number N.

99.9% fail or refuse to solve it.


2. Lake Width


How estimate the width of a lake without crossing it? You just walk and make some measures at a lakeside.


ImageFor example in the situation shown at the picture the width of the lake is 200 meters.


3. How many fish are there in the lake?

Yesterday, I caught 30 fish of a certain size in the lake.
I marked and released them without any harm.
Today I also caught and released 80 fish of the same size and noticed that there were 6 marked fish in the second catch.

How many fish of the same size are there in the lake?

4.  Seller’s decision

ImageI sell my car. People come to my garage one at a time and make bids to buy it. I make an immediate decision whether to accept or reject an offer after receiving it. I decide to reject the first N offers, mark the highest price P, and accept the first offer that is greater than P.

What number N do you recommend me if I expect that 100 people can make a bid?

If N is small, I can accept a small amount of money.
If N is large, I can reject the best offer.

This is the famous problem of the optimal stopping theory (Secretary Problem).

5. Winning Strategy

In a game, Anna and Bill take 1, 2, or 3 coins on each turn. The player to take the last coin from the pile wins. If Anna goes first and there are 40 coins on the table, how many coins should she take to guarantee that she would win?

The truth is “She always loses if Bill knows the winning strategy.” Do you know Bill’s strategy?



Dan Hurley: Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

Dan Hurley:

You get better as you practice.

Working memory exercise 20 minutes a day 5 days per week
gives perfect results.

Funny Logic : Serious Math

Math is fun. Ten sample problems prove that math and logic can be interesting. It provides a link to collection of challenging math and logic puzzles.

Can be Math Funny? Try to solve 10 problems from A+Click.

You Are A Math Genius!

Everybody was born a genius! You too!Young and Successful

Unleash the genius that sleeps within.

How? Make your brain work!

One of the possibilities is a small everyday dose of brainwork.

Look at the puzzle below.


At the beginning, it can drive you crazy.

Don’t give up!

Take an easier challenge and GROW!

Aplusclick provides you with an enormous opportunity for everyday training!


You start with unpractical number puzzles and finish by solving practical optimisation problems such as finding the shortest underground route …

… or packing the maximum possible number of boxes in a room.


Remember: You are a genius! Don’t miss an opportunity to grow!

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