Monthly Archives: June 2013

Probability Puzzle Solution

This post collects a few different approaches to solving the following puzzle from last month: Problem: My nephew and I like to play a card game together.  He is slightly better at the game than I am, so that the … Continue reading

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Optimal angle on a swing

This is another interesting problem that is similar to– but slightly trickier than– the golf problem from last year. Problem: It’s recess, and you are swinging on a playground swing set, and because it’s against playground rules and girls are watching, … Continue reading

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Probability Puzzle

This same problem has come up in a couple of completely unrelated contexts recently, and it seemed worth sharing here.  It has the usual “nice” properties of being approachable in several different ways, from (initial) computer simulation to (eventual) analytic … Continue reading

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