Games is a hands-on, activity-based exploration of the structure and mathematics underlying all the different types of games that have been developed throughout history. Students will explore the broad spectrum of game types, from board games, to card and dice games, logic puzzles and even touch briefly on sports and computer games. Using mathematical analysis, students will develop classifications of game types and work to define the best strategy for each game type. Each activity is designed to help students hone their problem solving skills while mastering specific math skills.
Each game will be approached by students with a specific math or strategy question in mind to engage their game play on a new level. Each game will be accompanied by an extension focusing on strengthening a specific skill ranging from statistics and fractions to geometry.
General Format - Students will engage in a math activity targeting a specific game strategy concept complemented by an extension activity focusing on a specific math skill. Each class will follow the general outline:
a. game exploration
b. math extension
c. reflection and discussion
Schedule - Games is a 20-hour workshop with a 2-hour meeting time.
Student Responsibilities - Students will be given instruction in different games and will be expected to use class materials responsibly and adhere to class guidelines.
In between each meeting, we ask that students continue to work on their math and game analysis skills through problem sets we will provide. Students are expected to work independently and in small groups. Students are expected to record their activities and problem solving methods.