- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (28 Mar. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486409171
- ISBN-13: 978-0486409177
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics (Dover Books on Mathematics) Paperback – 28 Mar 2003
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The chapters are largely independent, so it is possible to pick and chose the topics for a course. Do not let the word recreational in the title lead you to believe that these problems are bunnies. I am a co-editor of Journal of Recreational Mathematics and I found myself thinking long and hard about some of these problems. Granted, many are straightforward, but there are enough of the head-scratching variety to satisfy every taste. The general topics are logic, basic number theory, graph theory and games, with a few other topics interspersed.
With hundreds of problems, detailed solutions to the demonstrations and hints for most included, this is a resource unlike all others. If you teach a course in mathematical problem solving or beginning computer programming, you cannot help finding a problem in here that you can use to illustrate a topic or as a test question. I have already used a couple as the seeds for some programming exercises. Better yet, consider it as a textbook for your course in mathematical problem solving.
Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission.
*From words to equations (algebraic recreations)
*Solve it with integers (number theory)
* numbers, bases and cryptarithmetic (sic)
*solve it with networks (graph theory)
*games of strategy for 2 players
*solitaire games and puzzles.
The authors' enthusiasm spills through on every page although I prefer to dip in on a random basis.
I hope the publishers, Dover, re-issue this excellent book
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