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An Introduction to Recreational Math: Fun, Games, and Puzzles

Explore and enjoy 'recreational' math, while boosting your creative and deductive thinking skills.

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An Introduction to Recreational Math: Fun, Games, and Puzzles

22,972 enrolled on this course

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Get an introduction to the fun, games and puzzles of recreational math

Math doesn’t have to be boring or difficult. In fact learning about recreational math can not only enhance your creative thinking but it can be exciting and useful in daily life.

During this course you will challenge your brain and have fun while learning about the math of various entertaining subjects such as magic squares, puzzles and games. You will also learn about famous recreational mathematicians.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds A mathematician is an adventurer, an explorer in an imaginary world full of secrets, equipped only with an inquisitive mind and a twinkle in his eye. Hello, I’m Dr. Yossi Elran and I’m here to help you find out that math is really, really cool! I mean, really cool! This course is an introduction to recreational math. Recreational math is in my mind the absolutely ideal way to enjoy math. First of all, you don’t need much prerequisites. Anyone with only the most basic math skills can do it! Second, you can get into it really fast! and third, it’s real fun.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 seconds If you want to find out about Lewis Carol and the math in Alice in Wonderland, learn about magic squares, challenge yourself with puzzles galore, play some wacky tic-tac-toe games, or discover the dark mathematical secrets behind some of the world’s best magic tricks, we’re in for a real treat. Click on Join to join!

What topics will you cover?

  • Math and magic
  • Mathematical puzzles
  • Mathematical games
  • Famous recreational mathematicians

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By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Improve your problem solving and out-of-the-box thinking skills
  • Collect tools, materials and ideas for fun recreational math activities
  • Collaborate with other learners, puzzlists and math enthusiasts on fun math activities

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for anyone who enjoys popular science, recreational maths and solving maths puzzles and crosswords. There are no particular requirements. It will be especially useful for parents or teachers looking to inspire a love of math and do fun math activities with young people.

Who will you learn with?

I'm a recreational mathematician and metagrobologist and head our institute's technology in education unit. I have a Ph.D. in theoretical quantum chemistry, and think math and science are really cool!

Who developed the course?

Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science

The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary basic research institutions in the natural and exact sciences. The Davidson Institute of Science Education is the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute.

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  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Tests to boost your learning
  • Digital certificate when you're eligible

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  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
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