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By Paul Lockhart

“One of the easiest reviews of present arithmetic schooling i've got ever seen.”—Keith Devlin, math columnist on NPR’s Morning Edition

A significant study mathematician who has dedicated his occupation to instructing teenagers finds math to be artistic and lovely and rejects typical anxiety-producing educating tools. Witty and available, Paul Lockhart’s debatable procedure will galvanize lively debate between educators and fogeys alike and it'll modify the way in which we predict approximately math forever.

Paul Lockhart, has taught arithmetic at Brown collage and UC Santa Cruz. because 2000, he has devoted himself to K-12 point scholars at St. Ann’s tuition in Brooklyn, New York.

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Usually, the subroutines are placed after the rest of the program. By placing the first subroutine at line 10000, you can be reasonably sure you'll have enough lines open for the main body of the program. The line number 10000 is somewhat arbitrarily choosen, but is a good choice because it is easy to remember. Since in most game programs, a time Beginning the Program 19 delay subroutine will probably be the most frequently called, place it first at the easy to remember address. You should add a STOP statement just before the subroutines begin to prevent the program from accidentally crashing through to a RETURN without a GOSUB command.

For each step through the loops, set the value of EX(X,Y) is set to zero. A random number (Z) is selected. This number may have a value of 1 to 17, but if the value is greater than 12, it is set back to 0 to represent a clear (no obstacle) space in the map. A value of 0 is five times more likely than any other specific value, but the odds are 12 to 5 that any given map location will contain some obstacle. A series of asterisks is printed to reassure the player that the program has not gotten latched up.

If the value is 1, the name of the appropriate object is displayed. Various objects are listed in a random order to help block attempts to distinguish between junk and treasure items based on their displayed position. 14 Adding the INVENTORY Command to the "Mars" Program. ) ", 11430 IFS(11)=1 PRINT "COMPASS ", 11440 IF T(10)=l PRINT "LARGE SWORD ", 11450 IFJ(9) = 1 PRINT "PETRIFIED WAD OF BUBBLE GUM ", 11460 IF T(8) = l PRINT "GUTTERING STONES ", 11470 IF S(7) = l PRINT "INFLATABLE RAFT ", 11480 IF T(6) = l PRINT "GLASS ORB ", 11490 IFJ(5) = 1 PRINT "CLOT OF DIRT ", 11500 IF T(4) = l PRINT "STATUE OF MARTIAN GOD ", Beginning the Program 11510 IF S(3) = 1 PRINT "KNIFE ", 11520 IF T(2) = l PRINT "GOLD COINS ", 11530 IFJ(1)=1 PRINT "OLD SHOE ", 45 11540 IFT(1)=1 PRINT "COPPER BOWL ", 11550 IF S(2)=l PRINT "BOTTLE OF WATER ", 11570 IFJ(3) = 1 PRINT "ROCK ", 11580 IF S(4)=l PRINT "GUN ", 11590 IF T(5) = l PRINT "SILVER CUP ", 11600 IF S(6)=l PRINT "COIL OF ROPE ", 11610 11620 IFJ(7) = 1 PRINT "SHARPENED STICK ", IF S(8) = l PRINT "FLASHUGHT ", 11630 IF T(9) = l PRINT "MYSTERIOUSLY HUMMING BOX ", 11640 IF S(10) = l PRINT "OLD MAGAZINES "f 11650 IFJ(11)=1 PRINT "BUTTERFLY ", 11660 IFT(12)=1 PRINT "BLUEPRINTS ", 11670 IF S(12) = 1 PRINT "SPACESUIT ", Z = 0: FOR Y= 1 TO 12: Z = Z + S(Y) + J(Y) + T(Y): NEXT: IFZ = 0 11680 PRINT "nothing", 11690 PRINT: RETURN BLASTOFF As you know the way to win the game is to bring as many Martian treasures as possible aboard the rocket ship and blast off for Earth.

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