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Sudoku as a Learning Tool
"For some reason I play with a different skin on a sukoku game. Its got different colours to fíll in rather than numbers. Counting colours is hard, or is that just me?" -- bigsleep
The reason why I think bigsleep finds
colours more difficult that symbols is
we are used to dealing with symbols,
particularly familiar ones like numbers
and letters. Show someone a card with a
six digit number on it and there is a
chance they will recall it even if seen for
fraction of a second. Do the same with
colours and I believe that there will be
of a chance.
Now, say you're trying to familiarise
yourself with something symbolic like the
Chinese alphabet or the periodic table.
Imagine a program that created a sudoku
puzzle out of a random selection of the
symbols you are trying to learn and
presented this with a definintion of each
The sudoku puzzle would be soluable
without knowing anything of the
but using them would improve your
familiarity with the symbols and
your familiarity with the symbols would
improve the speed and ease with which
you could solve the sudoku puzzle.
"Puzzle 39: Sudoku difficulty: Hard,
Traditional Chinese Level: Basic."
but don't all numbers have their own colours? not to mention flavours... mmmmm, nine.
[po, Sep 08 2006]
||//The sudoku puzzle would be soluable//
Is it important that it dissolves in water then?
||I used to play that "Shanghai" tile solitaire game - that taught me to distinguish different Chinese symbols and it was a lot more fun than sudoku. (Just saying, I like the idea but maybe a non-sudoku version would be nice :)
||The only thing I have ever learned from Sudoko is that I am too stupid to count to 9.
||Visual artists might find this easier. Not all of us are symbolic thinkers.
||I think that we are all symbolic thinkers.
is this that gives us our ability to read.
Those with dyslexia show some
with symbols but would all beat me
reading a normal book if I had to read
one where each letter were
represented by a colour square.
||Anyhow, the idea is not to make the
puzzle easier (I don't think it will) but
rather to use the act of solving the
puzzle to gain familiarity with a set of
[mouths 'Polonium' to himself as he
writes Po into a box.]