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Title The mathematics of games and puzzles [videorecording] : from cards to sudoku / Arthur T. Benjamin ; senior producer Zachary H. Rhoads ; academic content supervisory Jay Tate, Susan Dyer ; producer Chris DeRoche; managing writer Nancy Eskridge ; director Jonathan D. Leven, Jim M. Allen, Sal Rodriguez.

Publication Info. Chantilly, Va. : Teaching Company, [2013]


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Description 3 videodiscs (approximately 540 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (vi, 130 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.).
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Book text txt rdacontent
DVD video v rdamedia
Book unmediated n rdamedia
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Book volume nc rdacarrier
Physical Medium DVD 4 3/4 in.
Description DVD digital optical
DVD laser optical
DVD video file DVD video rda
Filmed lectures
Series Great courses. Science & mathematics (Mathematics)
Great courses (DVD). Science & mathematics.
Note Title from disc surface.
System Details DVD.
Performer Lecturer: Professor Arthur T. Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College.
Credits Editor, Tom Krzywicki, Sarah Quindlen.
Note Course no. 1401.
Program contains twelve lectures; the length of each lecture is: ca. 45 min.
Lecture notes and program information contained in course guidebook.
Summary This course takes a mathematical approach to playing games and solving puzzles. In this course, you will be introduced to all kinds of games, from games of pure strategy (like chess) to games of pure luck (like many casino games) to games that mix strategy and luck (like blackjack, backgammon, and poker). You will analyze puzzles that have stumped people for centuries to modern favorites like sudoku and Rubik's Cube. You will improve your ability to play these games and solve these puzzles, but you will also learn some interesting mathematics along the way.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-130) in course guidebook.
Contents Disc 1. Lecture 1. Let the games begin! ; Lecture 2. Games of chance and winning wagers ; Lecture 3. Optimal blackjack and simple card counting ; Lecture 4. Mixed strategies and the art of bluffing -- Disc 2. Lecture 5. Practical poker probabilities ; Lecture 6. Expert backgammon ; Lecture 7. Games you can't lose and sneaky puzzles ; Lecture 8. Solving "impossible" puzzles -- Disc 3. Lecture 9. Mastering Rubik's Cube ; Lecture 10. Solving Sudoku ; Lecture 11. Mathematics and chess ; Lecture 12. Winning ways: it's your move!
Language In English.
Subject Games -- Mathematics.
Puzzles -- Mathematics.
Games of chance (Mathematics)
Genre/Form Filmed lectures.
Nonfiction films.
Educational films.
Added Author Benjamin, Arthur, Teacher, Speaker.
Teaching Company.
ISBN 9781598039610
Music No. ID1401A-01 Teaching Co. (DVD)
PB1401A Teaching Co. (Guidebook)

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