Ages: 7-8

In math, parity is the quality of a number that describes whether it’s even or odd. The parity of 3, for instance, is odd. Why study it? It has relevance for computer science, physics, and math topics such as algebra, group theory, analysis, and combinatorial game theory. For young children, exploring parity through fun activities lets them make friends with numbers in a way that the societal pressure they feel to memorize times tables does not. We will delve into number theory via problem solving skills versus rote memorization. The exploration of parity develops understanding that reinforces key math concepts such as generalizing, making and proving conjectures, categorization, number theory, and set theory.

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