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In this investigation students explore the concept of ratios and their relationship with factors and multiples. Given an assortment of cogs (gears) with different numbers of teeth, solvers are asked to find which pairs allow for each tooth of one to fit into every gap of the other, and to form conjectures regarding which pairs would work generally. The problem is well-suited for group work. The Teachers' Notes page offers suggestions for implementation, key questions, student sheets, and links to articles, videos, and an interactive Cog Environment (cataloged separately).
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