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The Java Triangle Puzzle


The Java Triangle Puzzle

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The object of this puzzle game (featuring ray-traced graphics) is to remove all balls from the board. It's harder than it sounds.
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Material Type: Simulation
Date Added to MERLOT: June 14, 1998
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 26, 2004
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Submitter: Jason Isaac


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
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Language: English
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Avatar for Nicky Thortis
12 years ago

Nicky Thortis (Student)

Frustration is the word that comes to mind in my numerous attempts to solve this
puzzle. I love the challenge the 3 different puzzles instigated. I wish there
would have been an article to go along with this so that they might tell us the
mathematical point behind the strategy. I tried all 3 puzzles for about 10
minutes EACH, and never once won! I did get down to 2 balls left, but then I
forgot how I did that and could not get back to that number again!

Technical Remarks:

I am not sure if this puzzle correlates to anything in our class because there
was not additional information provided except for the puzzles themselves, but
it was a nice break from the ordinary reading. It is nice to be able to
interact and try different solutions to a VERY seemingly impossible problem.
Again though, I really would like to know how to solve the problem - any
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Avatar for   dixon
14 years ago

dixon (Student)

There was no explanation on how and why they chosed to use triangle to a puzzle.
I spent some time trying to solve the three games, and was not solving it. Over
and Over trying different ways jumping over one ball over the other, and for
some reason I was not solveing the tri puzzle. I learned from my class that not
all puzzles can be solved. I thought this web page was very fun and mind
boggling. I am willing to spend more time to try and get only one ball left on
the triangle. Overall I thought this was one of many enhanced teaching styles in
the math. I give it two thumbs up.
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