In December, The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education launched the Figure This! web site, a initiative to encourage middle-school students to improve their mathematical problem-solving skills. The Figure This! site is updated weekly to provide fun and challenging questions in a wide range of mathematics disciplines. Recent examples include working with a map to chart as many paths as possible to a particular destination, and choosing the best combination of 15-cent and


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