# Engage in Successful Flailing

One can often identify to which topic a challenge belongs – this question is about right triangles; this question is about repeating decimals – but still have no clue as to how to start on the challenge. What should you do? Engage in successful flailing!

Think about everything you know about right triangles or repeating decimals. Read the question out loud and then describe it again in different words. Draw a picture, perhaps even one relevant to the problem. Try an example with actual numbers. Mark something on the diagram. And so on.

Read the strategy essay and then explore the Curriculum Burst practice examples from the MAA AMC.

### Curriculum Bursts

 A Tricky Length  (pdf) Watch the Video Hundreds Digit of a Power (pdf) Watch the Video Point of Contact Triangle (pdf) Watch the Video Areas in Triangles (pdf) Watch the Video Maximum Ratio (pdf) Watch the Video Logarithms and Exponents (pdf) Watch the Video Painted Cube (pdf) Watch the Video Non-Congruent Triangles(pdf) Watch the Video Area in a Polygon (pdf) Watch the Video Focus and Directrix(pdf) Watch the Video Sums of Powers of Ten (pdf) Watch the Video Two Digit Means (pdf) Watch the Video A Trigonometric Length (pdf) Watch the Video Filling a Grid (pdf) Watch the Video A Sneaky Area (pdf) Watch the Video Logs of Divisors (pdf) Watch the Video Additional License Plates (pdf) Watch the Video A Lopsided Pyramid (pdf) Watch the Video Overlapping Triangles (pdf) Watch the Video Hypotenuse Please (pdf) Watch the Video Counting Jelly Beans (pdf) Watch the Video Abstract Sums (pdf) Watch the Video Gothic Windows (pdf) Watch the Video Selecting Committees (pdf) Watch the Video Unicorns at Play (pdf) Watch the Video Counting Coins (pdf) Watch the Video Divisible by 13 (pdf) Watch the Video Trapezoidal Perimeter (pdf) Watch the Video Mixed Colors (pdf) Watch the Video Counting Multiples (pdf) Watch the Video An Integer Sequence (pdf) Watch the Video Changing Mean (pdf) Watch the Video Mowing Lawns (pdf) Watch the Video All Red Beads (pdf) Watch the Video