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Number Games and Number Rhymes: Number Games Bordering on Arithmetic and Algebra


by David Eugene Smith & Frances B. Selkin - 1912

Mathematical puzzles, tricks, and curious cases have always appealed to the interest of young and old. The psychologists find that this interest starts at about the age of nine and increases until it reaches its height during the period from fourteen to seventeen, the age of high-school students. Such material provides a good opportunity for drill, but it is particularly valuable as a stimulus to interest. This delightful phase of mathematics has been almost entirely neglected by English and American writers, in spite of the fact that there is a large literature on the subject in French, German, and Italian. Although this literature abounds in puzzles and tricks well suited to students of elementary and secondary schools, it contains no work written from the teacher's point of view with the class room in mind. We find, therefore, many puzzles introduced which, although interesting historically, are of little value for young students. Furthermore, a great deal of the valuable material is not presented in usable form.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 13 Number 5, 1912, p. 68-111
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10182, Date Accessed: 10/24/2019 1:40:27 AM

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