The Mathematics in Toys and Games

A star shaped board with different colored pegs in each corner.

A Chinese checkerboard created by David Levy. (Image courtesy of Stewf on Flickr.)


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Spring 2010



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We will explore the mathematical strategies behind popular games, toys, and puzzles. Topics covered will combine basic fundamentals of game theory, probability, group theory, and elementary programming concepts. Each week will consist of a lecture and discussion followed by game play to implement the concepts learned in class.

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Jing Li, Erik Demaine, and Melissa Gymrek. ES.268 The Mathematics in Toys and Games. Spring 2010. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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