In this circle we investigated something called the “falling sand pile”. But sand is boring, so instead we studied falling chickens! The primary rule of falling chickens is

When 4 chickens land in someone’s backyard, they “break out” and go to the neighbors’ yards instead.

What kinds of games can be played using just stones? It turns out quite a few! In this session we investigated three games in particular. Continue reading Cave person games→

In this discussion we began with the following simple game. Two players alternate naming a number from the set {1,…,n-1} and after each move the running total is computed modulo $n$. You can’t play a number that’s already been played. The first player who arrives at a running total of 0 loses.

What kind of outcomes can this game have? Does either of the two players have a winning strategy? Does the answer depend on the value of $n$? We investigated these questions and many more in this session, which was led by three undergraduate researchers at BSU: Dan Kondratyuk, Scott Navert, and Stephanie Potter. Continue reading Games with modular arithmetic→