Grade 6 and 7 MYP Exploratory students have been tackling with the following questions for the last several weeks:
- What makes a good mathematics problem?
- How can a mathematics problem transcend time, culture and regional boundaries?
- What does solving an interesting mathematics problem tell us about ourselves?
Here is an example of such a problem:
“A colony is to be built for three dangerous criminals who are not allowed to have any contact with each other. Each criminal needs to have a direct route (a road) to three facilities, a library, grocery store and hospital. How is the colony to be built?”
Think about the following questions:
- How can you design the colony?
- What limitations are set, and how are they linked to YOU as a learner?
- What is the history behind this problem and where is the “mathematics” behind it?
- Is it even possible, and how can you know?
Those of you interested in tackling this problem are invited to do so and share their answers with their child’s Math teacher.