Wednesday, December 31, 2008


While playing mancala with my youngest son, I realized something: you can only win by an even number. Think about it for a second: for each piece that I get from his side (or vice versa), that's one less for him, one more for me. In other words, a difference of two in the number of pieces that I have compared to him. The next piece is another difference of two. You can only win mancala by a multiple of two difference in final score. Cool: applied math! :)


Christy said...

I can't remember how to play that game. It looks fun - I like the pretty marbles. ;0)

Tony M said...

It's easy to play... hard to play well. I was impressed at the picture that my cheap-o phone took!