Los Angeles Math Circle

11/20 -- Early Elementary Circle: Cutting logs (taught by Nick Strehlke)

This week we will be doing a worksheet called cutting logs, which will involve the kids learning how to make appropriate patterns when given an input (number of cuts) and determining the output (number of pieces);this can also be reversed. They will then be asked to put the pattern in an equation form. For example, if I have x cuts, how many pieces, y, will i have? How can I always know the answer without actually have to draw all the cuts?