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Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 435–443 | Cite as

The road to solving a combinatorial problem is strewn with pitfalls

  • N. Hadar
  • R. Hadass
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Abstract

In this paper we examine typical difficulties involved in solving a combinatorial problem, and demonstrate them throughout the solution of the “Problem of the misaddressed letters”. We focus on difficulties of two sorts: Those which stem from the fact that a combinatorial problem is usually an infinite set of problems, and others which are involved in finding a systematic approach to their solution.

Keywords

Systematic Approach Combinatorial Problem Typical Difficulty 
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References

  1. DorrieH.: 1965, 100 Great Problems of Elementary Mathematics: Their History and Solution, Dover, London, pp. 19–21.Google Scholar

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© D. Reidel Publishing Co. 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Hadar
    • 1
  • R. Hadass
    • 1
  1. 1.Technion, Haifa. “Oranim” School of EducationUniversity of HaifaUSA

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