rooks and squares

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  1. How many different ways to arrange rooks on chess board knowing the condition that none of rook should lie on a square which is controlled by an other one  ?
  2. The first solution which comes up immediately is to put all the rooks on the principal diagonal
  3. then if you choose the first column you have eight possible choices, for the second column 7 choices and so on, the number of arrangements is finally 8! respect to the condition above

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Chess Rook Paths and squares

pascal roca How many paths can a Rook travels from upper Left Corner to lower right corner : Well you can find a solution at  http://mathacadabra.com/Items2013/GeneratingFunctionAdventuresIV.aspx it needs a little bit some explanations first about the case 8 * 8  : rookPath

  1.  First the rook will start at a8,  then to reach a8, there is only one path : staying at the same place
  2. the chess rook can move horizontally or vertically from 1 up to 8 (including is initial position)
  3. the table sum up the number of paths could be used by the  rook in order to reach the case, for example if  the rook want to reach e5 ( 838) , the rook can come only vertically from the case above e4 ( e5, e6, e7, e8) or horizontally from the left of e4 ( a4, b4, c4, d4 ) therefore to get the total number of paths to reach e4 is :  8+28+94+289+289+94+28 = 838 paths  for a square 5 * 5, we can calculate all the paths recursively
  4. Actually there are 470010 paths for a square 8*8
  5. In the Link provided above to the website , they are trying to calculate the generating function for the diagonal which is the number of paths for a square N * N.pascal roca
  6. let’s demonstrate after reading the post :(  http://mathacadabra.com/Items2013/GeneratingFunctionAdventuresIV.aspx ) that the 2 variables generating function is  (1 – s – t  + st) / ( 1 – 2 *s  -2*t  + 3 *st )  for a square N*N
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