Mathematical Sciences - MA 1801 - Denksport - Professsor George Heineman

Monday, October 08, 2018
11:00 am to 11:50 am


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MA 1801 – Denksport

Fundamental to Mathematics is the action of thinking.  Just like a PE course, where bodily activity enhances your physical fitness, Denksport will strengthen your brain muscle, enhance your self-esteem, and boost your immune system against the NR virus

On Monday, October 8, at 11:00 am in SH 304,

Professor George Heineman will discuss Mathematical and Logical puzzles are everywhere, such as Rubik’s cube, the fifteen puzzle, and Sudoku. Where do these puzzles come from? What do you have to do to come up with a new puzzle? In this talk I present some background for how I invented Sujiken, a Sudoku variation. I will present a new puzzle, Trexagon, and how I came up with the idea. In a Trexagon puzzle, a diamond-shape board is formed from 21 triangles. You must place a digit from 1 to 7 in each triangle in a diamond shape according to the rules of the game to determine the unique solution. We will solve some Trexagon puzzles and discuss a strategy for evaluating the difficulty of a given board.