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An Awesome Math Game

July 31, 2007

Figure Five Frenzy

This is an simple but very fun math puzzle game. You get 5 numbered cards, and you have to arrange them and insert the four basic operations in order to form a target number. For those who enjoyed the 2007 game, you’re sure to enjoy this one as well. My only complaints about this game are (a) it only allows 1 level of parentheses, and (b) it doesn’t follow order-of-operations, but rather just computes left-to-right. Unfortunately, for those looking to share it with students, all of the sites I’ve found it on have potentially inappropriate banner ads displayed next to it. 😦 I did find one site that has it without ads, but you have to sign up (free) to be able to play, and the rest of that site is a discussion board that is inappropriate for children. But for us grown-ups at least, it’s a fun challenge. You could certainly play it offline with real playing cards in a school situation.

You can play in “solitaire mode” (untimed and unscored) or “arcade mode” where you have to race against the clock. My best score so far in arcade mode is 143,130 288,466 1,174,470 so I’ll challenge you to beat that while I work to improve it.

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  1. August 1, 2007 8:04 am

    We play this with normal playing cards in math club. Funny, it seems like we come up with more than 1 in 3000 unplayable hands, maybe because we only deal out four cards. When the hand won’t work, then we deal out a fifth one, which usually solves the problem. This year, I’ll have the kids deal 5 to start with and see how that goes.

    We also deal out cards and race to see who can come up with the most numbers. Or the largest variety of ways to make a particular number. Any other ideas for variations?

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