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The Mathematics of Various Entertaining SubjectsResearch in Recreational Math$
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Jennifer Beineke and Jason Rosenhouse

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691164038

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691164038.001.0001

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One-Move Puzzles with Mathematical Content

One-Move Puzzles with Mathematical Content

Chapter:
(p.11) 2 One-Move Puzzles with Mathematical Content
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The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects
Author(s):

Anany Levitin

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164038.003.0002

This chapter provides a survey of mathematical puzzles solvable in one move. The types considered are divination puzzles, weighing puzzles, rearrangement puzzles, dissection puzzles, and folding puzzles. The chapter does not include one-question logic puzzles (e.g., Knights and Knaves) or puzzles that can be solved in one move only because of the small size of the puzzle's instance (e.g., making seven payments with links of a seven-link gold chain). Equation puzzles composed of matchsticks or decimal digits have also been excluded. In addition, the survey suggests several research projects related to the included puzzles. The chapter then concludes with answers to the puzzles highlighted in the survey.

Keywords:   one-move puzzles, mathematical puzzles, divination puzzles, weighing puzzles, rearrangement puzzles, dissection puzzles, folding puzzles

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