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Math Colloquium: Darin Stephenson

Thursday, October 25 at 4:00pm

A. Paul Schaap Science Center, 1000
35 East 12th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3605

“Card Shuffling 101” by Dr. Darin Stephenson, Mathematics Department

Abstract: We discuss the physical process of card shuffling (by various
methods) and ways in which these processes can be modeled
mathematically. Interesting mathematical questions include “How many
shuffles are required to sufficiently ‘mix up’ a deck of cards?” and “How
many shuffles will it take to return a deck of cards to its original ordering?”
We will also discuss ways various people have exploited the mathematics
of card shuffling to cheat at cards or perform card tricks. We

Event Type

Academics, Natural & Applied Sciences Division, Mathematics

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