#SC-03-19 Maths Puzzles: Cryptarithms, Symbologies and Secret Codes
About CourseDavidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science
Explore fascinating maths puzzles
Discover maths puzzles, explore their history and practise problem-solving techniques.
You’ll explore: + Cryptarithms – puzzles where the digits have been replaced by letters. + Symbologies – puzzles where numbers are represented by symbols. + Mathematical operator puzzles – puzzles where the numbers are given, but the mathematical operator is missing (for example, what does the asterisk stand for in *1320=6?)
Through the course you will develop problem-solving skills, gain knowledge about the history, art and methodology of encrypted puzzles, and exercise your brain with fun challenges.
- Encoding maths puzzles, secret codes and symbologies
- Solving and creating cryptarithms – puzzles where numbers in a mathematical expressions are encoded
- Genres of cryptarithm including, ancient Hindu problems and alphametics
- Special and unique cryptarithms, including prime numbers, logarithms, square roots and powers
- Symbologies from ancient times to modern bar codes
- The language of computers including, binary, ternary and gray codes
- Decrypting ancient Egyptian number systems, Roman and Greek numerals
- Barcode puzzles and how to solve them
- Different types of operator puzzles including unary, binary and ternary
- Modern operators including, logic operators, text operators and operators in Excel
Who developed the course?
The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary basic research institutions in the natural and exact sciences. The Davidson Institute of Science Education is the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute.
What Will I Learn?
- Solve different kinds of cryptarithms and decipher symbologies
- Synthesise the knowledge gained from all the different steps into a coherent view of the art of information concealment
- Demonstrate puzzle solving skills
- Improve problem solving skills and out-of-the-box thinking
- Collaborate with other learners to solve problems
- Apply problem solving strategies in new situations