Problem Solving Group will meet on Monday nights at 8 PM in the math lounge (2nd floor of Hilles) for Fall 2016. We welcome everyone who wants to attempt to solve math problems with us.
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The first Tri-College Problem Solving Session of the 2015-2016 year will take place on Saturday, October 24th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. We will meet in the Haverford College Math Lounge (2nd floor of Hilles).
There will be food! Please RSVP as soon as possible to John DeWitt so that we know how how much food we will need, and to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
There will also be a supply of math problems and chalk. If you bring your friends, we can share the joy of solving the problems with even more people.
We now have access to this website again. I posted the problem sets from the first three meetings this year, as well as solutions to two of the problems from the first problem set on the archives page. If anyone has solutions to any problems discussed, or wants to type solutions, I will post them.
Meetings this semester are Wednesdays starting at 8 PM in the Math Lounge.
Our third week this summer. We had a great meeting in which for some reason we all stopped being shy and wrote things down on the board. I think the problems this week were especially well suited for problem solving. We talked about a coin game in which two players pick sequences of head or tails and see which comes up first. Below is a write up of some of the things we did and an article that talks about the general results.
We also discussed a topology problem about hanging up a picture frame on two nails such that the picture stays up if both nails are in but if you take otu either one of them the picture falls. I do not have a write up for that at the moment but may in the future. Anyone else is encouraged to write it up if they want to.
It was a long meeting so I must be forgetting something so please add on!
Lastly some pictures.
We mainly talked about the lottery problem today and anything else is slipping my mind. Below is a solution to the problem with a brief discussion of generalization but nothing extensive. Does anyone have any thoughts on generalizations?