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## Algebra Magic - Create Your Own Number Puzzles

Many people think of algebra as dealing with solving equations that have

letters and numbers, and that it is completely unrelated to anything outside

the math classroom. Also, teachers have a difficult time motivating students

to learn algebra. I have found that not only are number/magic puzzles quite

common outside the classroom, but also that they motivate students, and

that teachers can successfully use such number puzzles as an interesting

lead-in to algebra. Here I discuss two number/magic puzzles that can be

demystified and explained by using algebra.

**Grade Level:** Middle School (6-8)

**Curriculum Topic Benchmarks:**
M2.3.11, M8.3.1, M8.3.12

**Subject Keywords:** Number puzzles, algebra, mathematical tricks

**Author(s):** Ramakrishnan Menon

**PUMAS ID:** 07_03_03_1

**Date Received:** 2007-07-03

**Date Revised:** 2003-09-04

**Date Accepted:** 2003-09-04

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