Thursday, February 22, 2007

Puzzling Week: Petals Around the Rose



Polar bears, they come in pairs.
They sit around the hole in the ice
like petals around a flower.

How many polar bears do you see? 10
How many fish do you see? 8
How many plankton do you see? 74

How many polar bears do you see? 6
How many fish do you see? 6
How many plankton do you see? 93

So have you figured out how it's figured out?

NCTM's Illumination site has a wonderful lesson for this puzzle.

Nope! No spoiler here!
Tradition requires me to never post the solution.
After you figure out the answers, can you derive any equations to solve this puzzle for any combination of dice tossed?

When you solve the puzzle, you deserve membership in the Polar Bear Club!


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