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Discovering Steiner Triple Systems through Problem Solving

Bharath Sriraman 

May 2004, Volume 97, Issue 5, Page 320

Abstract:
How ninth graders solved several recreational problems involving the construction of Steiner triple systems, culminating in the discovery of the underlying combinatorial structure of these problems. It further illustrates the powerful mathematical ideas that become accessible to students in the process of solving novel combinatorial problems.

Keywords:
Article
Algebra
Conceptual Development
Grades 9-12
Discrete Math
Teacher
Modeling
Representation