
06618947
j
2016e.00856
Lockwood, Elise
Caughman, John S. IV
Set partitions and the multiplication principle.
PRIMUS, Probl. Resour. Issues Math. Undergrad. Stud. 26, No. 2, 143157 (2016).
2016
Taylor \& Francis, Philadelphia, PA
EN
K25
combinatorics
multiplication principle
discrete mathematics
counting problems
doi:10.1080/10511970.2015.1072118
Summary: To further understand student thinking in the context of combinatorial enumeration, we examine student work on a problem involving set partitions. In this context, we note some key features of the multiplication principle that were often not attended to by students. We also share a productive way of thinking that emerged for several students who were then able to resolve the issues in question. We conclude with pedagogical implications.