Exercise Your Brain with Amusing Mathematical Problems WEA Sydney

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Amusing mathematics stimulates logical and creative thinking in order to find solutions of particular problems and discover the beauty of mathematics. Work independently and in small groups with the support of the teacher on solving a variety of recreational mathematical problems. Some of these problems have been known for centuries being first introduced by Leonardo of Pisa known as Fibonacci in his book Liber Abaci (1202). Others was invented by logician Lewis Carroll and other practising mathematicians. Solving a problem of amusing mathematics brings genuine creative joy of finding the truth and beauty in science.


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  • L.E. Sigler. Fibonacci's Liber Abaci. Springer-Verlag, 2002.
  • Lewis Carroll: The Mathematical Recreations of Lewis Carroll: Pillow Problems and a Tangled Tale. Dover: Courier, 1958.
  • M. Gardner. Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions. London: Bell and Sons, 1961.


  • Introduction to recreational mathematics. “Brain stretching” by solving simple though not-evident problems and paradoxes.
  • Working in pairs and small groups to find solutions of 12 recreational mathematical problems. Discussion of found solutions with the class.
  • Appearance of these problems in mathematical textbooks of different times, when relevant. More problems on the same mathematical methods to work on independently.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Get acquainted with some classical number of problems of recreational mathematics starting with those introduced by Leonardo of Pisa known as Fibonacci.
  2. Practice amusing mathematical problems solving.
  3. Become familiar with different mathematical methods.