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## Activity Guide

# This guide looks at the activity in detail and goes into the underlying math.

Santorico, Stephanie. (2022). Mathemagical Card Tricks. In S. Bowen (Ed.), Math Circle Activity Database. American Institute of Mathematics. https://mathcircles.org/activity/Mathemagical-Card-Tricks

Contributor(s): Stephanie Santorico

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

There are many card tricks based on simple mathematics as opposed to sleight of hand. In this session, participants will play with a number of such tricks, test them out and work on discovering the math underneath, with a goal to formalize the mathematics that makes the trick work.

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

MP2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

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.

MP2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

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.