tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1075593398139537131.post4391965951080637116..comments2023-09-21T01:38:02.574-07:00Comments on Without Geometry, Life is Pointless: Project EulerAvery Pickfordhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10433339146333801163noreply@blogger.comBlogger6125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1075593398139537131.post-85832290298308801222011-02-19T16:56:14.385-08:002011-02-19T16:56:14.385-08:00I did three in an hour with only the help of some ...I did three in an hour with only the help of some very basic excel. Started working on an interesting days of the week one but was putting in tons of time and wanted to try a different approach but not right now.ms. v.https://www.blogger.com/profile/16032352563527935021noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1075593398139537131.post-33075755820243988162010-11-15T16:38:36.777-08:002010-11-15T16:38:36.777-08:00You know, having a gradually increasing series of ...You know, having a gradually increasing series of mathematical questions like this is a great idea. There are courses set up in this fashion at the Journal of Inquiry Based Learning (<a href="http://www.jiblm.org/guides/index.aspx?category=jiblmjournal" rel="nofollow">here</a>). A less structured, more diverse assembly might be fun though.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1075593398139537131.post-77639436988108264862010-11-08T15:34:11.747-08:002010-11-08T15:34:11.747-08:00Hmm, what I wrote was confusing. I did not mean &q...Hmm, what I wrote was confusing. I did not mean "you beat me at doing this", I meant "damn you, you introduced me to this site and made me 'waste' so much time" :-) And I did not solve problems 1-10, not sure that all of them can be solved without programming. I handpicked the problems that appealed to me.<br /><br />I wonder too if my interest will continue. Maybe I could see it as a good opportunity for me to hone my python skills. But I am not sure how many opportunities the problems offer for beyond-basic programming structures.Thanassishttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10416797519129982624noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1075593398139537131.post-20221239312952382842010-11-08T11:34:49.134-08:002010-11-08T11:34:49.134-08:00@Thanassis: It's not a contest. :) And to yo...@Thanassis: It's not a contest. :) And to your credit, I expect that the next 5 questions are going to take me much much longer than the first five...especially if I try and continue to avoid any programming.<br /><br />@gasstation: I wonder if the learning curve is too high for middle schoolers (heck, I wonder if it's too high for me...it'll be interesting to see if I too lose interest). I also wonder if students would have the metacognition to go back to earlier problems they had solved to look for more efficient algorithms that might help with later problems they are stuck on. Regardless of the implementation or lens, I remain intrigued by the format.Avery Pickfordhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10433339146333801163noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1075593398139537131.post-92194752720476314882010-11-08T08:17:31.273-08:002010-11-08T08:17:31.273-08:00I've tried to get my son to do Project Euler, ...I've tried to get my son to do Project Euler, and he has done some of the problems, but the interest wore off after a day or two. That seems to be common: look at the drop off in number of people who have solved each problem as a function of the problem number at http://projecteuler.net/index.php?section=problems<br /><br />See my post at<br />http://gasstationwithoutpumps.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/project-euler/Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1075593398139537131.post-30205401881297738702010-11-08T07:37:36.583-08:002010-11-08T07:37:36.583-08:00You destroyed me :-) I spend several hours to solv...You destroyed me :-) I spend several hours to solve 10 problems. I, too, solved them without writing a single algorithm (but I did use a factorization webapp for one of them). This, despite the fact that I am a computer engineer. Seems that for most of them you can go for a brute force (algorithmic) solution which is no fun. I had fun trying to use logic, remember some math, search on wikipedia for more info etc. <br />BTW, I really like your take on education; that's how I got hooked in your blog :-)Thanassishttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10416797519129982624noreply@blogger.com