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# Interactive Activities and Games

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These are some simple games you can play against the computer. But the
mathematics behind the games is not simple at all!
You can play these games just for fun, or you can test your wits by
trying to figure out the mathematics behind them, discover winning
strategies, and find convincing proofs of why they work.

A collection of false proofs: arguments that seem convincing, but end
up proving ridiculous things like 1=2! Can you spot the flaws? Try
your hand at it; tell the computer which step you think is wrong. The
computer will tell you if you are right or not, and will give you more
information about why that step is or isn't legitimate. There's also
a lot of information about such topics as complex numbers and mathematical
induction.
See if you can figure
out the mathematics needed to minimize the time cars need to spend
waiting at red lights, based on some assumptions about how the cars
behave. You can also run a computer simulation:
program the lights on a computer here on our web site, and watch the
effect of your light timings on the traffic. *See if you can beat
the high scores for the three competition scenarios!*

This page last updated: September 27, 1999

Original Web Site Creator / Mathematical Content Developer:
Philip Spencer

Current Network Coordinator and Contact Person:
Any Wilk - mathnet@math.toronto.edu

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