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super_curry_max
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the simple machines set: http://usvvtmc.brickset.com/detail/?set=9689-1

I purchased this set to use with my students as i teach math and science to underprivileged/under performing kids. We have done most of the machine builds and they absolutely loved it but I'd like to try to use this somehow with math but so far I'm coming up blank. Any help would be appreciated. I'd only like to use this set because I have it on hand but if anyone has ideas using standard bricks I would not be adverse to going out an purchasing a small bucket out of pocket to use.

I purchased this set to use with my students as i teach math and science to underprivileged/under performing kids. We have done most of the machine builds and they absolutely loved it but I'd like to try to use this somehow with math but so far I'm coming up blank. Any help would be appreciated. I'd only like to use this set because I have it on hand but if anyone has ideas using standard bricks I would not be adverse to going out an purchasing a small bucket out of pocket to use.

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## Comments

46473464I'd skip the bricks, buy some playing cards and teach them game Cribbage. Honestly its the prefect game for teaching basic addition with a little subtraction. It's pretty easy to pick up, it's hands on, and it's fun. All you really need to play a deck of cards. Playing with a cribbage board is fun, but not really needed. It's best if someone you knows how to play teaches you, not necessary.

5,332Although perhaps this would be more appropriate for here....

"Bob bought a haunted house for 150. With eBay fees of 10% and PayPal fees of 3% what price would Jim have to sell the set for to make 150% profit? If it took 3 years to reach that market value would Bob be better investing in ninjago spinners costing 7 but doubling in value after 6 months?"

17,204I remember using them as a kid, although I seem to remember preferring to build with them rather than doing maths with them.

94815094Fix just one end onto a larger plate then swing the other end round - you'll find two angles where it fits perfectly onto a stud; if you were to fill in the perpendicular sides you'd have a Pythagorean triangle. You can also get a 5-12-13 by using a 1x16 brick with the studs at points 1 and 14 (as with the previous example, it's one extra than the hypotenuse length because it's basically counting from the mid-point of the studs).

Hope this makes sense? Let me know if you still can't visualise it and I'll try to put together a picture this evening.

7317,204You can also do a 3-4-5 triangle by placing 1x4 and 1x3 plates touching at a corner - that is place the 1x4 along y-axis, put a 1x1 underneath it in another colour. Then put the 1x3 along the x-axis, going sideways from the different colour 1x1. The 1x1 is there merely to show it is a right angle. Then a 1x5 (made from 1x2 and 1x3) can be placed as the hypotenuse. These pieces at least have the correct dimensions (3-4-5) along their lengths.

But keep it simple. Don't use lego if it really doesn't help simplify it.

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