Games With Algebraic Numbers

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Many different types of games are great for working with algebraic numbers. Learn about games with algebraic numbers with help from an experienced educator in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name's Marija. I'm a mathematician, and today I'm going to talk to you about games with algebraic numbers. So, a game that I would like to play with my students is to pair them up and have one of them think of an algebraic function. So, you start with something simple like Y equals X plus two. And, what you want to do is have one student who doesn't know the function, give the other student a number. So, let's say he says three and the student who knows the function that he made up will give him the output of five. And you would try to keep track of how many yeses it takes for the other student to figure out what the function rule is. So, he might not get it off of the first one and you might try again and say, the input is five, and the student who made up the function will say, seven. So, at that point, if the student has already guessed, he's gotten it in two tries and then they could switch up. And, you should start with one operation and, then once they've mastered that, add two, make them multiply by something first and then add a number. So, that's one nice game that you can play with algebraic numbers to do some function practice as well. My name's Marija, and I just talked to you about games with algebraic numbers.


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