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Scrabble: Strategy, Knowledge, and Fun

This course listing applies to a Spring 2016 course. To find current courses, check out the Find a Course page.

Spring 2016
Math 98 /198
1 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

This course is intended to introduce students to the strategic side of Scrabble while maintaining its recreational aspect. No prior skill is required. Topics such as anagramming, rack management, and "power" 2- and 3-letter words will be discussed.

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Each class will consist of a short lecture followed by a game of Scrabble with other students. During this time, the facilitators will individually help students use new strategies. There will also be an in-class tournament with prizes the last three weeks of class.

Homework will consist of playing one game of Scrabble per week outside of class, with the first scoresheet due on the third week. There will also be short quizzes consisting of material covered in the class.

You need a board for this class! The original version, deluxe edition, and folio edition are acceptable - the board must have the official 15x15-tile Scrabble layout seen here: This means that versions such as Scrabble Junior, Express Scrabble, and Super Scrabble are not suitable for the course. Electronic versions are also unacceptable, as you will be expected to play the physical version with a classmate during class time. A board is NOT needed the first day of class, as enrollment will be decided after the first meeting. If you are unsure if your board is acceptable, feel free to email me at the email listed below.

Further class details are explained in the syllabus.

How to Enroll:

Students interested in enrolling in this DeCal should show up for the first day of class. There will be a brief application (name, contact info, etc.), and CCNs will be emailed out afterwards. If you can't make it to the first day of class, email me at the course contact email below. However, there are usually more applicants than there are available seats, and emails will be considered second to in-person applications, so come to the first class to maximize your probability of getting in!

Course Contact: calscrabble AT

Faculty Sponsor: Richard Borcherds

Time & Location:

Jakob Karstens
403111 EtcheverryW 4p-6p2/03started

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Scrabble Syllabus Spring '16.pdfDec 397kbAdobe PDF (Viewer)View Download

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