Math 302
Permutation Puzzles: A Mathematical Perspective
Welcome
This is the course webpage for Math302, Department of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University. Fall 2016.
Lectures:  

MWF  10:3011:30  WMC3210 
Tutorials:  
Tuesday  9:3010:20  SECB1010 
Tuesday  12:301:20  AQ4140 
Instructors
Dr. Jamie Mulholland  

email:  j_mulholland@sfu.ca 
office:  SC K10541 
office hrs: 
Wed. 12:001:30pm in AQ 4145 or by appointment 
Teaching Assistant  TBA  

About This Course
In this course we will investigate Rubik's cube, the 15puzzle, TopSpin, and other permutation puzzles. Our goal is to understand theses from a mathematical viewpoint; we will come up with sovability criteria (i.e. the ability to look at a mixed up puzzle and know if it is solvable or if someone is playing a trick on you and reassembled the puzzle in such a way that it cannot be solved), and we will investigate solution strategies.
This course is particularly suited for students doing a minor's degree in Mathematics.
Math majors are encouraged to take Math341: Algebra III Group Theory instead of Math302.
What Will You Learn In This Course?
A list of course level learning outcomes is available in the course outline.
Course Content  The Big Picture:
Prerequisites:
Integral Calculus (Math 152 or 155 or 158) and Linear Algebra (Math 232 or 240). Previous computing experience is not required, but can be helpful if you have it.
Grading Scheme:
Assignments  30% 
Midterm 1  25% 
Midterm 2  25% 
Final/Poster (info)  20% 
Important Dates:
Midterm 1  Fri. Oct. 14, 2016 
Midterm 2  Fri. Nov. 18, 2016 
Final/Poster (info)  Sat. Dec. 10, 2016 12:003:00pm; or Fri. Dec. 9, 2016 3:306:30pm 
Announcements

Term finished

Class set of cubes!