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A great visual aid for teaching how to develop an algorithm to programatically solve this classic recursive function problem.
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8 years ago
A good visual tool for teaching how to solve a classic programming problem. Segues nicely into material for dissecting the problem, developing a solution algorithm and then writing the resulting function.
Discussing the mathematical formula for determining the minimum number of moves needed to solve the puzzle with any number of disks, makes this a good example of what programmers need to consider in order to develop efficiently running programs.
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10 years ago
I played the game 10 times, and came up with increasingly better resluts. (Scores were 32,29,23,19,21,17,19,17,17,15.) I was stuck at 17 moves, and then watched the animation a few times. After that I was able to get down to 15 moves. I thought this game was fun and I appreciated the feedback, and also the animation. This would be a good teaching tool for K-8 students.