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Geek Challenge Results: New Year's Beeramid Part II

The following is a supplement to Geek Challenge Results: New Year's Beeramid by the Numbers. The partial summation of xy This function can be solved to a polynomial of order y+1 by the method outlined here. Below is a graphical represen...


Geek Challenge Results: New Year's Beeramid by the Numbers

January's Geek Challenge questioned the construction of a New Year's Eve party beer can pyramid. I first encountered this challenge in my freshman year at Marquette. I was building the beeramid with five other students at a band party, some w...


Geek Challenge: New Year's Beeramid by the Numbers

During a New Year's Eve party, a simple pyramid was constructed by standing 3 beer cans on a table in a triangle, and then placing a single can on the top center of the three. The pyramid was expanded by expanding the triangular base to 3 ca...


Geek Challenge Results: Deer Dilemma

We didn’t receive a lot of reader-feedback to last month's Geek Challenge. Some questioned the assumptions involved, and some guesses were taken. Here is my analysis of the problem: The Deer Dilemma asks about the probability of collisio...


Geek Challenge: Deer Dilemma

A state forest is square and 6 miles on each side, and known to be home to a population of 1,000 deer.  A road runs straight through the forest (not diagonally) and is silently traveled by an electric car whose driver is oblivious to the deer.&n...


Geek Challenge Results: Movie Theater Teaser

Last month’s Geek Challenge asked where in line was the optimum place to stand such that your birthday matches the birthday of anyone in front of you, but that nobody in front of you has made the same match with someone in front of them. &...


Geek Challenge: Movie Theater Teaser

A small movie theater has two movie screens.  One theater is showing a hit action movie, and has sold out for the evening.  The other screen is showing a comedy flop and has plenty of available seats.  A crowd has gathered outside the ...


The question posed during last month’s Geek Challenge was to determine how much it costs me in extra gas to drive to my summer road trip destination at a higher speed, and to express this cost measured against the time I save by driving there faster....


Geek Challenge: Summer Road Trip Riddle

July is the heart of summer road trip season.  And with gas at about $4 per gallon, that trip to the national park can be pretty expensive.  So, this month’s geek challenge could help you optimize your trip. Everybody knows that at...


Geek Challenge Results: Off and Running

The Sam and Brenda race problem was a fun one to solve.  Following simple Distance = Rate * Time methods, it is easy to get to 4 equations and 5 unknowns, which can leave you stuck because the problem doesn’t tell you, and you can never figure o...


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