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## Dollar Words Challenges, Long Words, Cities, and Quotes

This was our second week of algebraic exploration with Dollar Words using an ascending value code. A=1, b=2, c=3, and so on until z=26. Again, I encouraged them to use the acronym EJOTY instead of reciting the alphabet each time. E=5, J=10, O=15, T=20, Y=25. From these five letters, they should add or subtract 1, 2, or 3 to find their letter. So S=19 because it is the letter that comes before T=20.

## Dollar Words Ascending Values = 100 Algebra with Addition and Multiplication

This week we introduced algebra to the children with an exercise I call Dollar Words. Algebra uses letters and symbols to represent numbers. The Dollar Word challenge ascribes values to each letter by its position in the alphabet in ascending order. A=1, B=2, C=3 … Z=26. If the sum of all of those values equals exactly 100, it is a Dollar Word.

## Reverse Add Rule for finding Palindromes

Given any number, you can use the following simple algorithm to find other palindromes.

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## Palindrome Week, Words, n-digit numbers, odometer readings

**PALINDROME****: **In mathematics, a palindrome is a number that reads the same forward and backward. For example, 353, 787, 1331, 42724.

## What Is The Largest Number Smaller Than Five?

When my sons were in 11th grade at Dover/Sherborn High School, their AP BC Calculus teacher, Mr. Bridger, used to start every year with a question: “What Is The Largest Number Smaller Than Five?”