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Diagram It: Solving Puzzles Like a Mathematician
Students will learn how to solve puzzles by making simple diagrams, taken from a branch of mathematics called graph theory.
Christopher Olston, PhD
41 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 26 learners
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Once per week
over 4 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
How does a "Multi-Day" course work?
Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries
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We will study about a dozen puzzles (examples: pass a message at a party; coordinate animals crossing a river), and solve them together using diagrammatic representations. The diagrams we'll learn and practice together are from a branch of mathematics called graph theory. They are quite simple -- just some dots connected by lines -- yet powerful for finding solutions to puzzles. We'll learn some cool properties of graph diagrams, such as when is it possible to trace a pencil from a starting...
Students will learn the methodology of solving puzzles by converting them into abstract diagrams, and analyzing the diagrams.
The teacher is a PhD computer scientist (former Google programmer) with 2 years experience teaching kids the math and algorithms used in programming, in a fun and engaging way.
Homework between class meetings will consist of one or more puzzles to work on.
The homework between the first and second meetings will be to play the phone game 1LINE. Links: - Apple iPhone: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/1line-one-stroke-puzzle-game/id1179975506 - Android phones: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamestart.oneline&hl=en_US
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Christopher Olston, PhDFormer Google Computer Scientist; Stanford PhD
41 total reviews
22 completed classes
I'm a former Google software engineer with a PhD in computer science from Stanford and 5 years of teaching experience. I teach kids how to approach and analyze problems like a computer scientist, along with the math skills to do so. The math I...