TME(2023) Vol 4, No. 3, pp 201-218

Putnam Grasshopper Problem: Collaborative Problem Solving, Generalisations, and Computational Thinking

HO Weng Kin, TAY Eng Guan, TOH Pee Choon and TONG Cherng Luen

National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore

Published in The Mathematician Educator, 2023, Vol 4, No. 3, pp 201-218.

Abstract

This paper considers several generalisations of an interesting problem posed in the 2021 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. We describe how the authors embarked on a collaborative problem-solving journey which resulted in solving two of these generalisations and how computational thinking guided our approaches.

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