We made equations totaling the numbers 0 to 20 using only four 4 digits and standard math symbols.
The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures follows a man and his companion traveling through the middle east. Each chapter describes how the man who counted uses math. One of my favorites tells how he settled a dispute between three brothers who inherited 35 camels. The father said one son should receive 1/2, one son should receive 1/3 and the other son should receive 1/9 of the camels. There was an instant problem between the brothers as they did not want to injure any camels.
After each chapter we use the white board to discuss the problem described in the book.
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