Set Partitions and the Multiplication PrinciplePRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies (2016)
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.
Citation InformationLockwood, E. and Caughman, J. (2016). Set Partitions and the Multiplication Principle. PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. Volume 26, Issue 2, 143-157.