Sep 21, 2020 | By: Inspired by MS Math Teacher - Luke Hunsucker
TOWER OF HANOI
Luke Hunsucker recently introduced me to an ancient Math puzzle called the Tower of Hanoi. Luke is the MS math teacher at High Point Friends School, and he keeps several of these wooden puzzles in the math room along with an array of other math games and puzzles. Students and staff are welcome to enjoy the puzzles and challenge themselves any time they have a free moment.
When Luke showed me the puzzle, I was immediately drawn to this simple tactile invitation. Just a few moves in and I was hooked. The solution did not immediately present itself, and what appeared simple at first required more forethought and calculation. Like most things that look simple, there is an unseen foundation of knowledge supporting its elegant appearance.
The Tower of Hanoi is a mathematical puzzle. It consists of three rods and a number of different-sized disks, which can slide onto any rod.
Move one stack of blocks (or paper) to another post (or SPOT).
Move only one piece at a time
Only smaller pieces can go on top of larger pieces