Algebra Through Puzzles

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An enormous diversity of problems can be solved by creatively applying algebraic techniques. This quiz showcases some of that diversity, pulling problems from five of the topics that we’ll cover in depth in this course:

  • Factorials
  • Rates & Ratios
  • Sequences and Series
  • Proving Algebraic Identities
  • Avoid Proving that 1=2

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Factorials

\[ \large \frac {{\color{red}6!} \times \color{blue}7!}{\color{purple}{10}!} = \, \color{green}? \]

Note: The exclamation points are all factorials: \[6! = 6 \times 5 \times 4 \times 3 \times 2 \times 1.\]

           

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Rates & Ratios

It takes 4 cooks 4 hours to bake 4 cakes. Assuming no change of rate, how many hours will it take 8 cooks to bake 8 cakes?

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Sequences and Series

How many line-segments are there in the \(4^\text{th}\) image of this growing tree sequence?

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Proving Algebraic Identities

What is the sum of the first 13 positive odd numbers?

A big hint:

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Help Us Avoid Proving That 1=2

Let \( a = b \).

Then, \[ \begin{array} {c r c l }
\color{red} {1} & ab & = & a^2 \\ \color{orange} {2} & ab - b^2 & = & a^2 -b^2 \\ \color{gold} {3} & b(a-b) & = & (a+b)(a-b) \\ \color{green} {4} & b & = & a+b \\ \color{blue} {5} & b & = & b+b \\ \color{indigo} {6} & b & = & 2b \\ \color{purple} {7} & 1 & = & 2. \end{array} \]

Which line is the first that contains an error in this proof?

           
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