Oval Track and Other Permutation Puzzles (Classroom Resource Materials)

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Popular puzzles such as the Rubik's cube and so-called oval track puzzles give a concrete representation to the theory of permutation groups. They are relatively simple to describe in group theoretic terms, yet present a challenge to anyone trying to solve them. John Kiltinen shows how the theory of permutation groups can be used to solve a range of puzzles. There is also an accompanying CD that can be used to reduce the need for carrying out long calculations and memorising difficult sequences of moves. This book will prove useful as supplemental material for students taking abstract algebra courses. It provides a real application of the theory and methods of permutation groups, one of the standard topics. It will also be of interest to anyone with an interest in puzzles and a basic grounding in mathematics. The author has provided plenty of exercises and examples to aid study.

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Popular puzzles such as the Rubik's cube and so-called oval track puzzles give a concrete representation to abstract mathematics. This book and CD show how the theory of permutation groups can be used to solve a range of puzzles. Ideal for students of algebra or anyone with an interest in puzzles.

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John O. Kiltinen is a native of Marquette,Michigan. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Northern MichiganUniversity in 1963 and his Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics at DukeUniversity in 1967. After teaching at the University of Minnesota for four years, he returned in 1971 to his undergraduate alma mater, where he has been a faculty member ever since. He was a visiting professor during1978-79 in Finland, spending half of the year at the University of Joensuu,and half at the Tampere University of Technology. For the first half ofhis year in Finland, he held a Fulbright Lectureship.

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