Category Archives: games

Greedy coins game update

I plan to write a longer post soon, but for the moment I just wanted to provide a quick update about the greedy coins game (previous posts here and here). It turns out that the game is a lot more … Continue reading

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Ties in the greedy coins game

In my previous post I described the “greedy coins game” and conjectured that the first player always has a strategy to win or at least tie. I had been unable to prove it, but suspected there must be some nice … Continue reading

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The greedy coins game

Here’s an interesting game I’ve been thinking about.1 There is a row of coins on the table; each coin can have any positive integer value. Two players alternate turns. On a player’s turn she must take one of the two … Continue reading

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Games with factorization diagram cards

Since I published a deck of factorization diagram cards last September, a few teachers have picked up copies of the cards and started using them with their students. I’ve started collecting ideas for games you can play using the cards, … Continue reading

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Tiny Polka Dot

I’m really excited about Tiny Polka Dot, a Kickstarter project producing a deck of colorful, mathy cards especially for young children—along with a list of games to play with the cards. I have a four-year-old and I’m sure he is … Continue reading

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The chocolate bar game: variants

Remember the chocolate bar game? Today I want to talk about some variants. Recall that the losing positions for the chocolate bar game can be visualized like this: What if we specify that you win if you end with a … Continue reading

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The chocolate bar game: losing positions proved

In my last post I claimed that the losing positions for the chocolate bar game are precisely those of the form (or the reverse), that is, in binary, positions where one coordinate is the same as the other with any … Continue reading

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