When I introduced my students to the free FactorMan app, I had no idea how it would impact some of them. It seems this app has really captured some students, so much so, that they are playing it on their own time. And apparently, they are playing it a LOT.
One student was on a FactorMan Mission, and he accomplished it this past weekend. Proudly, he e-mailed me these screenshots to prove that he had defeated FactorMan at every level. I asked him to share some strategies, and here is what Patricio said:
“As for my strategies, just get all of the numbers that have only one other factor at first and remember to take your time. There is a certain strategy for each level but what I use for basically all of them is get all of the odd numbers first or try to get as many as you can. And that’s it!
Ps: whenever you think about putting a number (ex: 21), but it has more factors (7), try multiplying the other factors that is in the way by itself (7 x 7 = 49) because if you already chose the biggest prime number, then 49 will only have 7 as a factor.”
Thanks, Patricio! I crown YOU the next FactorMan!