## A game of strategy for two players

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First player's name:

Second player's name:

In this game you take it in turns to draw a line between two dots. You can do this by clicking on the space between the dots.

The objective is to complete a 'box'. The player to put the last side on a square scores one point. On completing a box, the player can then select another line.

The player with the largest score is the winner.

The computer does not play the perfect strategy so you do stand a good chance of winning!

In this game you take it in turns to draw a line between two dots. You can do this by clicking on the space between the dots.

The objective is to complete a 'box'. The player to put the last side on a square scores one point. On completing a box, the player can then select another line.

The player with the largest score is the winner.

The computer does not play the perfect strategy so you do stand a good chance of winning!

#### Boxed In Numbers

The classic dots and boxes game with the addition of some positive and negative numbers which determine your score.

Transum.org/go/?to=binums

#### Boxed In Fractions

The classic dots and boxes two-player game with the addition of some fractions which determine your score.

Transum.org/go/?to=biffactions

#### Strategy Games

Strategy games that require some mental arithmetic, creativity or logic.

Transum.org/go/?to=strategy

## Transum.org

This web site contains over a thousand free mathematical activities for teachers and pupils. Click here to go to the main page which links to all of the resources available.

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Mathematicians are not the people who find Maths easy; they are the people who enjoy how mystifying, puzzling and hard it is. Are you a mathematician?

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"Excellent. Thank you very much for a fabulous set of starters. I use the 'weekenders' if the daily ones are not quite what I want. Brilliant and much appreciated."

Comment recorded on the 1 February 'Starter of the Day' page by Terry Shaw, Beaulieu Convent School:

"Really good site. Lots of good ideas for starters. Use it most of the time in KS3."

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#### Four Colour Theorem

This mathematical activity involves colouring in! That makes a change. Using the paint bucket tool can you flood fill the regions so that no two adjacent regions are the same colour?

## Numeracy

"Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in Mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables."

Secondary National Strategy, Mathematics at key stage 3

## Go Maths

Learning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths main page links to more activities designed for students in upper Secondary/High school.

## Teachers

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It may be worth remembering that if Transum.org should go offline for whatever reason, there are mirror site at Transum.info that contains most of the resources that are available here on Transum.org.

When planning to use technology in your lesson always have a plan B!

Ben Orlin, Maths Games With Bad Drawings

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

"The basic dots and boxes game was first published by the mathematician Ă‰douard Lucas, in 1889, under the title La Pipopipette. Ă‰douard credited its invention to several of his former students at Parisâ€™s prestigious Ă‰cole Polytechnique."

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