Permutations and Combinations are my FAVORITE things in all of math! As we know numbers run the world and Combinatorics (Counting) is at the heart of it all!
Today we are going to look at an attention getter to get your students wanting to learn more.
For the Card Trick you will need...
 9 Playing Cards, Uno Cards, or something similar.
 One student volunteer.
 A magician (YOU)!
Steps to make the Magic Happen!
 Lay out the 9 cards as shown below
 Have the student volunteer choose a card tell them to show the class which one they picked. You will have to turn around. Tell them to put the card back.
 Ask the student which ROW their card is in.
 Pick up the cards as shown in this video. Starting with the ROW that their card is in.
 Place the cards back into the three rows just like before.
 Ask the student again which row their card is in.
 Repeat Step 4
 Repeat Step 5
 Repeat Step 6
 Repeat Step 4
 The TOP CARD in the deck will be their card!
and there you have it! You are a magician and you now have your students full attention. Pass out 9 cards to each student and have them try to figure out why this trick works. (Hint: it has to do with Combinatorics.) Welcome to magic and math!
Here is your free content for this lesson!
Permutations and Combinations  Word Docs & PowerPoints
To gain access to our editable content Join the Algebra 2 Teacher Community!
Here you will find hundreds of lessons, a community of teachers for support, and materials that are always up to date with the latest standards.
Permutations and Combinations  PDFs
67 Assignment  Permutations and Combinations (Free)
67 Bell Work  Permutations and Combinations (Free)
67 Exit Quiz  Permutations and Combinations (Free)
67 Guided Notes SE  Permutations and Combinations (Members Only)
67 Guided Notes TE  Permutations and Combinations (Members Only)
67 Lesson Plan  Permutations and Combinations (Members Only)
67 Online Activities  Permutations and Combinations (Members Only)
Now you can lead them into what I feel is one of the most important real world topics in math!
Want access to more materials? Simply click the image below to Get More Lessons!

How to Make Your Math Class Paperless

I Stopped Letting My Students Use Calculators in Class!

Holiday Algebra 2 Activities

Algebra 2 Teacher Hacks

Angles and the Unit Circle – Time to Eat!

Conditional Probability – Call it in the Air!

Area Under a Curve – Is your Umbrella Big Enough?

Properties of Logarithms

Adding and Subtracting Matrices – Using Rainbows

The Nightmare of Exploring Conic Sections

Probability of Multiple Events – A Coin and a Card

Roots and Radical Expressions – Why so Negative?

Solving Systems of Equations by Substitution – Sports and Algebra 2

Permutations and Combinations Using Magic Card Tricks

Transforming Parabolas – The Angry Birds Project

Properties of Real Numbers – The Importance of Differentiating Directions in Algebra

Absolute Value Functions and Graphs – Real World Applications
Subscribe to Blog via Email
Pin It!
Share this:
 Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
 Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
 Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
 Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)
 Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
 Click to print (Opens in new window)
 More
 Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
 Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)
 Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)
 Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
 Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
 Share on Skype (Opens in new window)
 Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)