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CLASSROOM NOTES: Extending the locker problem

Bruce Torrence
Organization: Randolph-Macon College
Department: Department of Mathematics
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Mathematica in Education and Research
Year: 2006
Volume: 11
Issue: 1

The famous locker problem is well known for its ability to stimulate middle and high school students. For many students, it is perhaps a first exposure to the idea that mathematics can penetrate far beyond the realm of the intuitively accessible, and can reveal beautiful and completely unexpected patterns. In this edition of Classroom Notes we'll take a fresh look at this problem with Mathematica in our corner, and find that it has natural extensions that hold a great deal of potential for exploration by more advanced students.