Tag Archives: squares

Sigmas and sums of squares

Commenter Rachel recently asked, How would you find the sum of ? See here for an explanation of sigma notation—in this case it denotes the sum Of course, for any particular value of we can just plug in values and … Continue reading

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Chessboard counting: solutions and further challenges

And now for some solutions to the chessboard counting challenges. The first challenge was to count the number of squares of any size on an 8×8 chessboard. The key here (as with many counting problems) is to break the problem … Continue reading

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Chessboard counting

I am currently doing a unit on combinatorics (the mathematical study of counting) with my precalculus students, and I was inspired to post a few counting-themed challenge problems for your enjoyment. (Also, it’s my spring break!) As you probably know, … Continue reading

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