How the Königsberg Bridge Problem Changed Mathematics

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There is one bridge too many. A video presents the history of the Konigsberg Bridge problem. To solve the problem, Euler invented a new branch of mathematics—and graph theory was born. Using this new branch of mathematics, mathematicians show that individuals could not solve the problem unless one of the bridges did not exist.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Challenge class members to create their own riddles using vertex-edge graphs and have classmates solve them
  • Research the beginning of graph theory
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Pros

  • Provides links to other graph theory riddles
  • Includes questions to assess understanding
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