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Buckets and Jumping Pets
Jaime Rangel-Mondragón

In this article we examine three well-known problems from the recreational mathematics literature dealing with goal-oriented strategies set on a discrete state space. We use the backtrack paradigm to implement an exhaustive search and deduce some theoretical results, which in some cases allows us to provide an explicit description of their solutions.



About the Author
Jaime Rangel-Mondragón received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics and computation from the University College of North Wales in Bangor, UK. He has been visiting scholar at Wolfram Research, Inc. and held research positions at the Faculty of Informatics at UCNW, the College of Mexico, the Center of Research and Advanced Studies, the Monterrey Institute of Technology, the Queretaro Institute of Technology, and the University of Queretaro in Mexico, where he is presently a member of the Faculty of Informatics. A prolific contributor to MathSource, he currently writes the column Geometric Themes for the journal Mathematica in Education and Research. His research interests include recreational mathematics, combinatorics, the theory of computing, computational geometry, and functional languages.

Jaime Rangel-Mondragón
Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro

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