A contest for WSU undergraduates but challenging for anyone!

The rules

Each Tuesday, starting in the third week of the fall and winter semester, "The problem of the week" will be posted near the mathematics department office (1150 FAB) and here on the website

Contestants are broken up into two categories: Group A: Those students who have not completed MAT 2030 and Group B: Those students who have completed MAT 2030

Students must submit their written (not electronic) solutions to the math department (1150 FAB) by noon of the following Tuesday

In each category, all correct solutions will equally divide 100 points. For example, if four people in Group A submit correct solutions, each student will earn 25 points

After ten weeks, the top three students in each category are declared the winners

In each category, prizes of $50, $20, and $10 are awarded for the students in first, second, and third places respectively.

Winners will be invited to attend the mathematics department's Annual Award Ceremony held in April.

You get to have fun with mathematics!

Leaderboard: Winter 2019 winners

Group B (completed MAT 2030)

Place

Name

Score

First

Maria Berishaj

383.3

Second

Dalton Cymbal

383.3

Third

Adam Regalski

258.3

Group A (not completed MAT 2030)

Place

Name

Score

First

Lisette Wittbrodt

300

Second

Robbie Robert

100

Third

Denver Torbert

100

Sample problem

Armenian Mike and Bubba have eight quarts of wine, which is in an eight-quart jar. Assuming the container and the jars hold exactly the amount specified, and the men have no other means of measuring, how can they divide the wine equally?

Sample problem solution

The steps required are demonstrated in the following table.