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Patterns Jumping Out of a Simple Checker Puzzle

Susan G. Staples 

November 2004, Volume 98, Issue 4, Page 224

In this article, we consider the generalization of a “solitaire checker puzzle” from the book More Joy of Mathematics, by Theoni Pappas (1991). In addition to presenting the solution to the general case, we shall also investigate the attractive patterns that emerge during the process of solving the puzzle, as well as in analyzing the minimal solutions of various cases.

Grades 9-12