Travel Troubles

image of the travel troubles exhibit

Use lateral thinking to solve classic stacking and algorithmic problems.

How it Works

  1. Move a stack of discs from one peg to another in the right order while obeying a set of rules!
  2. Find a way of transporting a fox, goose and sack of corn safely across a river.

Things to Try or Ask Around the Exhibit

  • Can you devise a set of instructions that will always work?
  • How many moves do you need to complete the puzzles?
  • How would your method change if there were more objects in the puzzles?

Background

Both these problems can be solved using iterative algorithms, which form the foundation for many in computer programs.

Finding the Science in Your World

Modern computers can solve a huge variety of problems using algorithms like those needed to solve these puzzles.