Philly Summer Math Institute 2016

Thanks to all who attended the keynote presentation at the School District of Philadelphia’s Summer Math Institute. #mathcounts

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A PDF of the slides used during the presentation are available at the following link:

All the Things Kids Learn When We’re Trying to Teach Them Math (PDF)

During the presentation, we only briefly looked at this math problem:

  • Write 20 as a sum of smaller, positive numbers.
  • What’s the product of your numbers?
  • Can you get a greater product?

Hat tip to Matthew Lightfoot who pointed out that linear actually has two anagrams: nailer and renail. I foolishly trusted the results of the Internet Anagram Server, which said it has none. (See what happens when you blindly follow algorithms?)


We briefly looked at this problem:

  • Write 20 as a sum of smaller, positive numbers.
  • What’s the product of those numbers?
  • Can you get a greater product?

We didn’t have time to dig into an Excel spreadsheet to explore this problem deeply; but now you do, so have at it…


I also referenced the following websites, which have a variety of great tasks:


Finally, I shared one quote from this article, but the whole thing is worth a read:


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