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MATH1038

Combinatorial Games & Puzzles

Combinatorial Games and Puzzles
Games and puzzles with a combinatorial flair (based on counting and arrangement) have entertained and frustrated people for millennia. Mathematicians have developed new areas of research and discovered non-trivial mathematics upon examining these amusements. Students will play games (including nim, hex, dots-and-boxes, clobber, and Mastermind®) and be presented with puzzles (including instant insanity and mazes) in an attempt to develop strategy and mathematics during play. Basic notions in graph theory, design theory, combinatorics, and combinatorial game theory will be introduced. Despite the jargon, this course will be accessible to all regardless of background.
Subject:
Mathematics
Department:
Mathematics
Division:
Natural Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
DED WTR

Sections

Winter 2011

MATH1038A-W11 Lecture (Schmitt)
MATH1038B-W11 Lecture (Schmitt)

Winter 2008

MATH1038A-W08 Lecture (Schmitt)
MATH1038B-W08 Lecture (Schmitt)

Winter 2006

MATH1038A-W06 Lecture (Schmitt)