Educational Resources
Mathematics,
Puzzles, Problem Solving

Recreational Mathematics
Wikipedia
Category: Recreational Mathematics
Listing of Wikipedia articles on various subtopics under
"Recreational Mathematics." From Magic Squares and Egyptian
Fractions to Rigid Origami and the Jeep Problem.
Wikipedia
Category: Mathematical Games
Nim, Clumsy Thief, Dots and Boxes, Spoof, Phutball, Order
and Chaos, and Chomp are just some of the mathematical
games included in this Wikipedia category.
Martin Gardner
Magician, untrained mathematician, author, and renowned
Scientific American columnist, the venerable Mr. Gardner is
the dean emeritus of recreational math.

Books
How to Solve It –
Georg Polya
The Torah of problem solving. (If Zeitz is Jesus, Polya is
Abraham!) This short book is the sine qua non of basic
heuristics. A quintessential work on the subject.
The Art
and Craft of Problem Solving – Paul
Zeitz
A manual for competitive mathematics. Heuristics dissected,
with strategies, exercises. PDF copy
here.
Instructor's manual
here.
Detailed MAA review
here.
Mathematics for the
Million
This one makes just about every list of "best books about
mathematics." Lancelot Hogben's 1960 classic about xxx.
The Wonderful World of
Mathematics
Another Hogben classic, this one geared toward inspiring a
love of math and numbers in children (and their moms and
dads).
Flatland
A wonderful, short work blending basic geometry,
epistemology, and sardonic commentary on the British social
caste system of the Victorian Era.
Secrets of
Mental Math: The Mathemagicians Guide
...
Harvey
Mudd math prof and allaround teacher and math nut Arthur
Benjamin reveals the secrets of his legendary calculating
abilities (that all can emulate).
The I
Hate Mathematics Book
The irreverant and creative sides of math are on full
display in this classic book for kids who don't like math
but are open to changing their minds. Followup
here.
Mathematical
Puzzles and Diversions
A gem among math popularizer Martin Gardner's typically
wonderful works on recreational mathematics. Other
favorites
here
and
here.
Complete list
here.
Arthur
Benjamin
Harvey Mudd prof and human calculator extraordiaire, Dr.
Benjamin has to be one of the best math teachers in all of
human history. Catch him on YouTube,
here.
Family Math
(Equals Series)
Compilation of fun and instructive family math activities
for parents with young children by the Lawrence Hall of
Science.
Trachtenburg
Speed Math
Phenominal system of mental calculation created by a man of
rarely gifted intellect, conscience, and courage.
The Joy of
X
Accessible look at "recreational mathematics" for those for
whom the phrase seems like an cruel oxymoron. No, really.
There is joy to be had in math!

Textbook Authors
Mary
Dolciani
Dolciani books (especially early ones) are famous for their
clarity, plentiful illustrative examples and exercises, and
absence of distracting fluff and flash.
Earl
Swokowski
The king of calculus textbooks has authored other books
covering prerequisites: algebra, trig, precalc. A writing
style that's lucid, concise, yet eminently rigorous.
Paul
Foerster
The author who steered math textbooks in a new direction
beginning in the 1980's. Foerster books are less explicit,
more oriented toward realworld problem solving.

Problem Solving
Math for Fun and
Glory
Kahn Academy's recreational math site. Wonderful training
ground for gifted math students. Videos cover AMC problems,
advanced topics, and more.
brilliant.org
Great site for sharpening math and science problem solving
skills. Short intro courses in a variety of subjects.
Weekly problem sets keep problem solvers active.
artofproblemsolving.com
How to summarize in just two lines? Fully accredited online
problem solving school. Beware: You could be buried by an
avalanche of resources. Ready? Set? Click.

Student Competitions
AMA: American
Mathematical Association
Competitions page of the AMA web site. THE place to start
looking into opportunities for gifted young mathematical
minds to shine.
AMC 8
The 8th grade level of the American Mathematics Competition
(AMC), administered by the AMA. Get full info, sample
questions, register, start practicing.
AMC 10/12
The advanced AMC for 10th12th graders. Everything you need
to get started. Add good expert coaching and a ton of
practice, and you're set.
AMA
Invitationals
The AMA also administers various invitational competitions
for students of various ages, like the USA Math Olympiad
and Junior Math Olympiad, the AIME, etc.
The Putnam
Exam
Think of the Putnam as the Math Olympiad for undergrads.
Requires plenty of excess horsepower and high octane.
Serious mathematics for future PhDs.

Groups
National Puzzler’s
League
Premier national organization for wordplay puzzlers
(palindromes, cryptograms, crosswordtype puzzles, cryptic
crosswords, anagrams, etc.)
Dash Puzzle
Hunts
"DASH is a fun, interactive event where teams of players
race to find and solve creative puzzles hidden in different
locations in cities all over the world."
Shinteki
Puzzle teams compete onlocation to solve intriquing
puzzles with mental, physical, and phychological aspects.
These events are marathons, not sprints!
MIT Mystery
Hunt
"A puzzlehunt competition that takes place on the MIT
campus every year, one of the oldest and most complex in
the world." Attracts over 2000 puzzlers annually.

Other
Wolfram
MathWorld
Hard
to argue with the site's billing as "the world's most
extensive mathematical resource." If it's mathematical,
it's probably here.
Wolfram Functions
Site
"Providing
the mathematical and scientific community with the world’s
largest collection of formulas and graphics about
mathematical functions."
Mathematics
for NonMathematicians
List of favorite math books for a general audience compiled
by the math department at Bard College.
Proofs
of the Pythagorean Theorem
With proofs too numerous to count, there seems no end to
the energy and creativity used to prove perhaps the best
known fact of mathematics.
Use
Google Search as a Graphing
Calculator
Google Search is a powerful and versatile
calculator
capable of doing simple and complex calculations, 2D
and
3D
graphs, unit conversions, more. Cheat sheet
here.
Desmos
Excellent online calculator site. Graphing calculator
allows animation sliders, tables, restrictions, regression.
FREE nonprogrammable alternative to the Ti84 Plus CE.
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