Thursday, October 17, 2013

Math 450 Senior Seminar Presents "Unnoticed Moves in the Tower of Hanoi" Thursday, October 24

It looks simple, but join integrated math senior Phillip Yarian for a look at the mathematical complexities lurking in this classic mathematical puzzle. 

Math 450 Senior Seminar Presents 
"Unnoticed Moves in the Tower of Hanoi" 
by Phillip Yarian 
Thursday, October 24 
1:40 - 2:30 in Patterson 324

Abstract: Since E. Lucas discovered the Tower of Brahma (or Hanoi) in 1883, there have been a few stories regarding how the tower was supposed to be completed. First, we will take a look at the number of moves needed to complete the Tower of Hanoi with n-disks. Next we will take a look at the number of moves that are needed to separate the odd and even disks. Using Number Theory, we will prove how many moves there are for each method. How much difference in the number of moves could there be?
Everyone is welcome to attend!

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