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Towers of Hanoi

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A very good implementation of the classic Towers of Hanoi problem. Teaches recursive functions and stacks as well as recurrence relations.
Material Type: Learning Material
Date Added to MERLOT: September 02, 1997
Date Modified in MERLOT: May 13, 2015
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Avatar for Isabel Azevedo
5 years ago

Isabel Azevedo (Faculty)

Very interesting

Avatar for Audrone Matutis
9 years ago

Audrone Matutis (Faculty)

A great visual aid for teaching how to develop an algorithm to programatically solve this classic recursive function problem.

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Avatar for Audrone Matutis
10 years ago

Audrone Matutis (Faculty)

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.

Technical Remarks:

Sometimes the applet controls were only partly visible after loading. This is easily resolved by refreshing the display.
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Avatar for L Collins
11 years ago

L Collins (Student)

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.
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