Problems Of The Week

Check This Space for a new POTW at the beginning of every week.

POTW #11 (Assigned Monday April 26, Due Monday May 4)

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POTW #10 (Assigned Monday April 5, Due Monday April 19 – two weeks)

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POTW #9 (Assigned Monday March 8, Due Monday, March 29)

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POTW #8 (This is optional – finish by Feb. 19 if you want me to grade it).

Here are some links to help you with the riddles below:

Factorial Numbers

Triangle Numbers


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Finish the puzzle above, then try this one as well:

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Finish both puzzles above.  Then, create your own “6 consecutive integer” puzzle like the ones above.  Make it unique.  Use the Number Gossip website to find some interesting categories for your numbers.


Assigned Tuesday January 19, due Monday, Feb 1 (Feb 2 for Blue)

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Assigned November 30 (Dec 1 for Blue Period), Due Dec 7 (Dec 8 for Blue Period)

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Assigned Nov 16 (Nov 17 for Blue Period), Due Nov 23 (Nov 24 for Blue Period)

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Assigned Oct 26 (Oct 27 for Blue).  Due:  Nov. 9 (Nov 10 for Blue).  Note that this is a two-week POTW

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Assigned Oct.5 (Oct. 6 for Blue). Due:  Oct. 12 (Oct. 13 for Blue)

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Assigned:  Sept 21/22 Due: Sept 28/29 (Check grade book for specifics for your class)

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Assigned:  Sept 8/9 Due:  Sept 21/22 (Check grade book for specifics) — This is a two-week POTW

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POTW #0:

(We will do this one together in class!)

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POTW Writeup Instructions:

We are going to set up a single Google Doc for all POTW (same as we did for Badges).  Title this Google Doc LAST NAME, FIRST NAME P-A POTW 2018/19 and share it with Mr. Bezaire via email.

Every POTW will be turned in using the same format, with 6 parts. The 6 parts are described below:

A) Understand the Problem: Show me that you understand what the problem is asking. This may involve re-writing the problem in your own words, explaining what the question is asking, describing the various parts of the question, or something else. You must, however, show that you understand the question.

B)  Devise a Plan or Strategy: Come up with a plan to solve the problem. Some possible strategies include: Guess and check, looking for a pattern, making a table, drawing a picture, sketching a graph, doing a simpler problem, using a formula, writing an equation, using inductive/deductive reasoning, examining similar problems, making a diagram, working backwards, some combination of those strategies, or something else entirely. In this section, you should explain which strategy (strategies) you are using, and why they are appropriate for the problem.  If you would like help about when certain strategies are more helpful than others, click here to see a guidelines sheet. 

C)  Solve the Problem: Using whatever strategy you chose in B), solve the problem.

D) Answer the Question: Just because you correctly solve something doesn’t necessarily mean that you answer a given question! Make sure you answer the question from the problem.

E) Check your Work: More than just “plugging back in”, you should explain why your answer seems reasonable for the given problem and why you are confident in your answer.

F)  Reflection: Briefly write about the problem solving process. Did you make any false steps? Was it harder/easier than you initially thought? Were there any other strategies you feel could have worked better now that you have solved the problem? In this section, you should also explain any help that you received on the problem.

Each POTW has three “levels”, arranged by increasing difficulty level.  Higher levels do not increase your grade, but rather give you the opportunity for growth and challenge.

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