Stocking Fish: A Recursive Problem

S. Asli Ozgun-Koca, Michael Meagher

Abstract


In the following paper, the authors share the Trout Pond Exploration, an activity designed to engage students in sequential reasoning. The authors revise the exploration to include student access to advanced digital technologies, namely spreadsheets.  Using these tools, students follow their natural inclination to solve the task using recursive methods.


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