Cups and downs
Stewart, Ian, 1945-. (2012) Cups and downs. College Mathematics Journal, Vol.43 (No.1). pp. 15-19. ISSN 0746-8342Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/college.math.j.43.1.015
Martin Gardner wrote about a coin-flipping trick, performed by a blindfolded magician. The paper analyses this trick, and compares it with a similar trick using three cups flipped in pairs. Several different methods of analysis are discussed, including a graphical analysis of the state space and a representation in terms of a matrix. These methods can also solve a more general problem about inverting n cups m at a time, whose answer is surprisingly complicated.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Mathematics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||College Mathematics Journal|
|Publisher:||Mathematical Association of America|
|Page Range:||pp. 15-19|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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