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    Available in PDF Format | Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics (Dover Books on Mathematics).pdf | English
    Bonnie Averbach(Author)
Many of the most important mathematical concepts were developed from recreational problems. This book uses problems, puzzles, and games to teach students how to think critically. It emphasizes active participation in problem solving, with emphasis on logic, number and graph theory, games of strategy, and much more. Includes answers to selected problems. Index. 1980 edition.
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  • PDF | 480 pages
  • Bonnie Averbach(Author)
  • Dover Publications Inc. (28 Mar. 2003)
  • English
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  • Sports, Hobbies & Games

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  • By Charles Ashbacher on 30 January 2015

    This book is the heavyweight champion of problems in recreational mathematics, containing a large number of very detailed problems in many areas. The presentation strategy is to develop the topic by using problems followed by an explanation followed by a detailed solution. The style is largely that of a textbook, which in fact is what it is designed to be. The authors developed the material as the main text for a course they teach in applied problem solving.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.

  • By Observer on 15 July 2012

    I bought this book on chance - the title inspired me - and what a surprise within the 450 or so pages absolutely packed with gems.Chapters include:*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

  • By Zohebali Khan on 20 July 2017

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