My Honors Problem Solving Seminar is an elective that is new for me and my school this year, and although I definitely brought many topics to the course, I must admit that my plans often get thrown out the window thanks to the MTBoS. One blog post or one tweet that I read before school could completely change my plan for class that day. There are so many things that I wanted to teach in my regular math classes, but never had the time. Now I can share with interested students all of the cool topics that are not part of the traditional curriculum. So I say, everyone, let's all teach a flexible #MTBoS course to our kids! Now is the time to get your elective out there to be approved by your department chairs or administration. My students all double up with this course and another math class. The prerequisite is Pre-Calculus or any honors math course.

Below is a list of many of the topics I covered first semester.

### Things that I brought to the class (i.e., used before #MTBoS) but have mostly blogged about so are now out there:

Problem Sets These will last two semesters.Figurate Numbers

Tower of Hanoi (I still need to blog about this.)

Art Benjamin's Mathemagic

The Monty Hall Problem

The Radioactive Cube Problem

The Art of Problem Solving

Die Hard 3 The Jug Problem

Florida Mu Alpha Theta Test Bank

### Amazing things that I've built entire classes around using #MTBoS

Rubik's Cube (This was a long unit)Sam Shah's Fistbump problem

Mr. Orr's Pumpkin Time Bomb Activity

Alex Overwijk's great little card problem

This tweet, below, which was a response to how to make a Sierpinski Triangle, which one of my students made (see above) as her final project.

### Videos I've shown or problems I've given from #MTBoS

The Bridge ProblemThe Fold and Cut Theorem

The Math in Pixar Movies

Cannibals and Missionaries Problem

Einstein's Riddle

Anything from Jo Morgan's Resourceaholic

Any puzzles from Emma Bell

Corbett Maths 5-a-day

The 3 Hats Problem or 4 Men in Hats Problem

Another Prisoner Hat Problem

Math major talks about fear

These Challenges

I know there's more that I've forgotten. I'm looking forward to Part II next semester!

## 4 comments:

Thanks for sharing Lisa. Truly inspiring.

Thank you, Amy!

Look forward to 2016 Eat Play Math posts

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