Through Mazes to Mathematics

Build your own labyrinth: A class activity using the nesting of segments on the number line.

Tony Phillips, Math Dept SUNY Stony Brook
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The activity described on these pages is suitable for students from grade 6 on. For younger students, try Exploring Labyrinths.

Labyrinths (the word used here for a special kind of maze) have been constructed and enjoyed by people since pre-historic times. Recently a way has been found to encode these patterns numerically, and to use the mathematical formulation to study existing labyrinths and to generate new ones.



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Tony Phillips
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January 7, 1999