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In this online activity, students analyze predictions made by sportswriters about which basketball teams will win to determine which teams are playing each other. The Getting Started link describes how to set up a table to organize the given information. 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 illustrates and explains three different ways to successfully organize information, including using a Venn diagram. The related questions challenge students to use logic and organizational skills to analyze data in a pet survey and to draw a conclusion from information about automobile preferences. Background information about famous names in the field of logic and a list of literary books containing logic puzzles are included. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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