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WORDs
Use the following rules to change each word (each string of letters) into the other.
Next to each step, write down which rule you use.
1) Any letter can change into an A.
2) Two Cs in a row can turn into a B.
3) Any word can be doubled.

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ACAC

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ABAB

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B

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B
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BABA

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AACB

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CBA

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CAC
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CAAC

C
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BACABC

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AACB

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CBC
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ABAABC

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CDCC
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CDABAB

Compose three problems of your own below.

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What do you find appealing or unappealing about this mathematical structure?

Think up three rules that we could add as Rule #4 and write these below. Pick one and
give an argument as to why this would be a good addition to the system.

Name _____________________
WORDs
Use the following rules to change each word (each string of letters) into the other.
Write the number of the rule you use next to each step.
1) Any letter can change into an A.
2) Two Cs in a row can turn into a B.
3) Any word can be doubled.

(Louis)
B
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CC

(Phineas)
CAC
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CCAAAAAACC

(Max)
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BCABBC

(Lily)

(Oliver)

(Nadia)

CCB
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BBACBBBACB

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AAAA

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CC

(Tucker)

(Laila)

(Nina)

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BAA

C
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BXAC
For Ninas:
4) Four Cs can turn into an X.

Created by ______________!
Name _____________________
Use the following rules to change each word (each string of letters) into the other.
1) Any letter can change into an A.
2) Two Cs in a row can turn into a B.
3) Any word can be doubled.
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Name _____________________
WORDs Switcheroo!
Use the following rules to change each word (each string of letters) into the other.
1) Neighboring letters can switch places. MATH  MTAH
2) The first and last letters of a word can switch places. GLAD  DLAG

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ARM
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RAM

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PLUM

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TRACE
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CATER

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GUNSHOT

Can you come up with a problem of you own on the back?

Name _____________________
WORDs #4

A NEW SYSYEM
Use the following rules to change each word (each string of letters) into the other.
1) If the string ends in I, you can add a U onto the end. MUUIMUUIU
2) The string Msomething can become Msomethingsomething. MIIUMIIUIIU
3) III can change into U. MUIIIMUU
4) Any UU can be eliminated. MIIUUIMIII
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MIUIU

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MII

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MUI

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MIUIU

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MI
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MIIIUII

On the back, describe three ways that this system is different from our original ABC system.