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Mathematics Program presents

Fun and (Sudoku) Games with Algebra

Thursday, November 15, 2012

[Fun and (Sudoku) Games with Algebra]
A lecture by
Courtney Gibbons
University of Nebraska, Lincoln

If you love math and games, you've probably done a few Sudoku puzzles in your day.  Have you noticed that all Sudoku puzzles have some properties in common (the sum of every row is 45, for instance)? We'll see how to formalize these observations by using polynomials to set up the Sudoku "game space."  Then we'll figure out how to solve specific "game boards" in this space using some tools from (abstract) algebra.

Don't worry; even if you haven't taken any abstract algebra, you'll be able to follow this talk  (all you really need is a background in Calculus II). 

For more information, call 845-758-7191, or e-mail hsiao@bard.edu.

Location: RKC 111