Draw some circles, the vertices, connected by lines, the edges. Make sure there are no loops in the structure. These are your “trees” or “insectoids” for the puzzle. Next: Fill the circles in with consecutive odd numbers, then write their differences on the connecting lines. Numbers should not repeat. This is the Graceful Tree Conjecture or the Ringel-Kotzig conjecture.
He also discusses the most challenging versions of the Graceful Tree Conjecture. Hamilton uses this math puzzle in elementary school classes to help strengthen students’ subtraction and problem-solving skills.
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