Odd Times

How many of the products in a 12 by 12 times table are odd numbers? This is a question we rarely ask in paper-based math classrooms, yet it is an important and a very interesting question. We ask students to explore it, learning to Show and Hide rows and columns in their spreadsheet at the same time. Here again is an interesting pattern in mathematics, one we do not generally expect. Odds and evens often seem to students to be an unimportant distinction, but it is not. Odd and even numbers appear again and again across all of mathematics and in many of our Labs.  It is important not only as a pattern, but it tells us to pay attention to odd number products because they are rarer than even number products.

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