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Keeler's Theorem and Game Theory

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The project described was supported by the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation through the National Science Foundation under Award No. HRD-1410465.

Abstract

This project focuses on developing a video game related to a mathematical result in group theory known as Keeler’s Theorem. It revolves around a science fiction narrative from the television series “Futurama” about a mind-swapping machine. Within a simple and transactional game are unique learning objectives related to mathematics and computer science that challenges students to utilize abstraction and sequential mapping to understand all possible paths under a given set of restrictions to reach a desired outcome. The program is intended for secondary and higher education in the pursuit to bridge the gap of novel applications in mathematics and computer science by offering a visualization of abstract topics using game theory.

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Keeler's Theorem and Game Theory

This project focuses on developing a video game related to a mathematical result in group theory known as Keeler’s Theorem. It revolves around a science fiction narrative from the television series “Futurama” about a mind-swapping machine. Within a simple and transactional game are unique learning objectives related to mathematics and computer science that challenges students to utilize abstraction and sequential mapping to understand all possible paths under a given set of restrictions to reach a desired outcome. The program is intended for secondary and higher education in the pursuit to bridge the gap of novel applications in mathematics and computer science by offering a visualization of abstract topics using game theory.