Abstract / Synopsis
The Hunger Games plot features a dystopian future in which twelve outer districts are oppressed by a centralized capital. The story focuses on the heroism of a sixteen-year-old girl named Katniss and how she tries to rise above the oppression that she experiences. It also features a special lottery and other twists that are sources of mathematical interest. This essay focuses on some of the mathematical issues raised by The Hunger Games in an effort to show that this story can be used to teach students (as well as other interested parties) some important concepts from mathematics.
© Michael A. Lewis
Michael A. Lewis, "Mathematics and The Hunger Games," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 2 Issue 2 (July 2012), pages 129-139. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201202.11. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol2/iss2/11
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