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This activity challenges students to develop an algorithm to find the day of the week on which they were born. An algorithm is described as a step-by-step routine for solving a problem. The activity, part of the Figure This! collection of 80 math challenges emphasizing math in the real world, notes how algorithms are used by scientists, factory workers, and chefs. The hint shows students that, for any date, the day of the week changes from one year to the next. Students are reminded to consider the rules for leap year. The answer shows a sample algorithm that students can follow to find the solution. Related questions have students use the algorithm to solve similar problems. Links to additional resources about mathematics and calendars are provided. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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