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Gillette, Andrew. (2020). How do you connect the dots?. In S. Kohli (Ed.), Math Circle Activity Database. American Institute of Mathematics. https://mathcircles.org/activity/how-do-you-connect-the-dots

Contributor(s): Andrew Gillette

Math Circles: MTC Network

- Activity Description
- Topics Covered
- Session Styles
- Mathematical Practices

Suppose you have a collection of dots on a page and want to find a way to connect them “automatically” in some meaningful way. How would you do it? This question has inspired mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians, network engineers, and even artists and architects! We will learn about the exciting mathematics behind this problem primarily through drawing.
This session is suitable for the classroom or student circles.

MP1 - Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

MP3 - Construct viable arguments and critique others' reasoning.

MP4 - Model with mathematics.

MP5 - Use appropriate tools strategically.

MP6 - Attend to precision.

MP7 - Look for and make use of structure.

MP8 - Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

MP3 - Construct viable arguments and critique others' reasoning.

MP4 - Model with mathematics.

MP5 - Use appropriate tools strategically.

MP6 - Attend to precision.

MP7 - Look for and make use of structure.

MP8 - Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.