Today’s age is filled with a wide variety of forms of entertainment. Television shows and movies are some of the most common forms today. Usually we don’t associate math with these however there have been some movies and episodes with a focus on a math topic. One such movie is Good Will Hunting. The movie has a particular math problem in which an MIT professor claims it took him years to solve. The problem basically to draw all shapes that fit the description. There are ten shapes in total. MIT is one of the best universities in the world. Are you able to solve the problem that supposedly took an MIT professor a long time to solve in a day or less? Find out!
How can you spend your Math Minutes this week?
- Watch the video linked below, the video introduces the problem and explains how to solve it, pause around 2:30 so you don’t see the answers until after you attempt the problem
- After pausing the video, try drawing all 10 trees. You can check your answers near the end of the video in which he shares the answers
- Post a comment sharing something new you learned. When posting a comment, use your first name, grade, and school (i.e. Tyler, 5, Sunset). Do not publish your email.
- Share this video with your parents, friends, and/or adults and ask them if they can solve the problem as well
*Inspired by the movie Good Will Hunting