February 9, 2021 | Sam Choi
One of the many beauties of math to me is that it teaches our students to think. As they advance further into math, it becomes less of memorizing algorithms and more about synthesizing information. And this is why I enjoy giving out I ❤️ Math Day problems. Up to this year, I had only enjoyed these problems as a participant but this year, as the one doing the research and discovering the problems, I gained a new level of appreciation. I have also learned that, like in all things, trust is the first thing that needs to be established. Students have to trust that I have presented to them a problem that is both difficult enough to challenge them but not so difficult that they have no chance of finding a viable solution. Another aspect of I ❤️ math day problems is that it should in some way highlight a different facet of mathematical thinking. So below are two problems that highlight these principles.