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  •  Well, sort of.... (6+ / 0-)

    You can play the game, experience that you win twice as often by switching, and still not be able to articulate the mathematical reason for that data.  You may accept that you should switch, as a matter of having experienced it, but you can't apply that to other problems without conceptualizing it.

    Good morning! ::huggggggggs::

    •  Certain proofs are made by exhausting all (2+ / 0-)
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      the contrary possibilities.  Computers have enabled this technique of proof.

      Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning.

      by hestal on Tue May 05, 2009 at 06:11:09 AM PDT

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    •  I think this may be why having my students act it (3+ / 0-)
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      out physically as a kind of theater stunt helps many of them accept the solution, even if they may not completely understand the logical proof.

      But, my purpose for using it is not to teach proofs, but that there are different ways of solving problems. So far, it has served its purpose well, for me at least.

      Rogues are preferable to imbeciles because they sometimes take a rest. - Alexandre Dumas

      by elropsych on Tue May 05, 2009 at 07:05:23 AM PDT

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