Albion College

Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics and Computer Science

COLLOQUIUM

Yo-Yo Trick Combinatorics

Alexandra L. Sovansky, `13

Oftentimes, multiple different yo-yo tricks can be done
sequentially before the yo-yo returns to the user's hand. Tricks can
be done like that due to the fact that some tricks end where others
begin, and vice versa. If we take these common start/end points to be
nodes on a directed graph, all sorts of possibilities for mathematical
examination open up. In this talk, we will look at how interesting
parts of graphs (such as cycles) translate into yo-yo trick combos,
and also how real-world restrictions on yo-yo trick combos affect what
we can do with the graphs.