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## You sank my battleship... with probability!

Battleship Probability Calculator by C. Liam Brown. Finds the best squares to try during the game.

## Loop - Pool on an elliptical table

Loop - Pool on an elliptical table.

*The ellipse has two significant points, called focuses, which have a remarkable geometrical property that is almost always explained using the example of an imaginary pool table. "If a pool table is the shape of an ellipse, then a ball shot from one focus will always rebound to the other focus no matter in which direction the ball is shot." That sounded interesting! Wouldnâ€™t it be fun, I thought, if I could build one of these imaginary tables? So I did.*## Keeping It Fair

You're sitting down with your friends to play a boardgame, and you find yourself in a conundrum: how do you choose a first player? Sure, you could roll a standard die and take highest number, but what if there's a tie? That could take forever! Besides, wouldn't you rather be mathematically sure that everyone has a fair shot at each spot in the turn order?
Of course you would!

## Fake 3D Until You Make 3D

Louis Gorenfeld lovingly explores the mathematics and techniques behind early, pseudo-3D games. [more inside]

## Still Combining Numbers On A Grid To Get Bigger Numbers, But Different

## Rainy Day

Pencil and Paper Games

*is devoted to games you can play with nothing more than a pencil and a piece of paper*(some of which can be played on the site, for those who do not have access to a pencil and paper, or remember what those are.) [more inside]## The proof is in the pudding

## Aspiring Animators & Game Designers, Study Your Calculus & Combinatorics

Every film Pixar has produced has landed in the top fifty highest-grossing animated films of all time. What's their secret? Mathematics. Oh, and 22 Rules of Storytelling. [more inside]

## Making Math Fun

Is your elementary school youngster struggling with math? Are they a visual person? Would math games and videos help them learn? Enter Math Playground, to assist with problem solving and real world math. Try the enticing logic game Sugar, Sugar or beef up your math word problem skills. There are plenty of games to help educate while entertaining.

## The mathematical modelling of popular games by Nick Berry

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## Nontransitive dice

Nontransitive dice are sets of dice (A, B, C, etc.) with counterintuitive properties: die A beats die B and die B beats die C, but die C beats die A. [more inside]

## Little boxes on the hillside

Friday ~~Flash~~ Java Fun - 'Building Houses With Side Views' Entertaining Java game/exercise/doodad. [more inside]

## Matchbox Computing

"Once you've constructed your Hexapawn opponent, it's time to start playing against it... If you play this game repeatedly ... you'll quickly notice that your matchbox opponent plays better and better until it is unbeatable!" Martin Gardner created a game called Hexapawn, and also devised an artificially intelligent opponent you can build yourself out of matchboxes and colored beads. Bonus link: An interview with Martin Gardner.

## Physics simulators. Lots of physics simulators.

PhET - Physics Education Technology offers this astoundingly large library of online physics simulations. Play orbital billiards. Land on a cheesy moon. Experiment with sound. Or try more advanced quantum physics simulators. Still bored? Try the "cutting edge" catagory. Here's the complete index. (Warnings: Frames, Flash, Javascript, Java applets, graphics, sound, quantum timesuck.)

## Guess about 2 people will snark about this title

A View from the Back of the Envelope - approximations and the fun behind them.

## Thinking Machine 4

Thinking Machine 4

From Martin Wattenberg (with Marek Walczak); they have been noted here before.

*explores the invisible, elusive nature of thought. Play chess against a transparent intelligence, its evolving thought process visible on the board before you.*From Martin Wattenberg (with Marek Walczak); they have been noted here before.

## PuzzleFilter.

"WARNING!!! The puzzles on this site are very difficult, and most require the use of a good spreadsheet program in order to solve them. It will take many hours, perhaps days, to solve each puzzle..."

## Mathematik

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