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This online challenge activity introduces a gift-counting problem that requires students to organize information in a table and then to draw conclusions. The importance of organizing information for decision making is noted for census takers, librarians, and demographers. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. The solution hint suggests how to organize a useful table. Related questions ask students to consider other aspects of the initial gift problem and require them to expand their thinking to similar types of problems. The activity contains information about triangular numbers and types of sequences, along with answers to all of the problems. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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