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ERIC Number: EJ940259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Using a Card Trick to Teach Discrete Mathematics
Simonson, Shai; Holm, Tara S.
PRIMUS, v13 n3 p248-269 2003
We present a card trick that can be used to review or teach a variety of topics in discrete mathematics. We address many subjects, including permutations, combinations, functions, graphs, depth first search, the pigeonhole principle, greedy algorithms, and concepts from number theory. Moreover, the trick motivates the use of computers in mathematical research. The ultimate solution to the card trick makes use of Hall's Distinct Representative Theorem. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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