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Weekly Math Challenge FAQ

  1. Sep 26, 2013 #1

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    What is this place?
    This forum is for people to come together and stretch their brains on math puzzles. Each week there will be a new challenge for the forum to try.

    What do I get for answering challenges?
    We're going to try a point system. The first person to post a solution will be awarded 2 points, and every solution posted after that which is legitimately different from any already posted solutions will be worth one point. I want to see as many different solutions as you guys can think up on each problem, and if you see a problem has already been solved just think of that as an extra challenge to solve it better. Simplify an existing solution, attack it from a different angle, everything's fair game as long as you're doing some new math (maximum one score per person but feel free to post extra solutions). I am the final arbiter on whether a solution counts as new or not in the event of a dispute.

    Can I trade in my points for cool Physics Forums prizes?
    No, you can't.

    [Admin Edit] not yet at least :)

    I have a cool question I think you should ask.
    Hey, this is frequently asked questions, not frequently stated sentences. If you have a particularly interesting math problem, feel free to PM me! If I think it's appropriate (not too technical, not too obvious, etc.) I'll include it as a challenge and you'll get a point for it.
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2013
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  3. Sep 27, 2013 #2
    what happened to the previous threads? I remember there were a few questions posted already
     
  4. Sep 28, 2013 #3

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    When micromass retired as a mentor, they got moved into the general math forum with the closure of his sub-forum (you can find them by searching the general math forum for threads by micromass). Would people prefer to have them collected here in some fashion? (either a post with links to all of the threads, or moving them into this forum).
     
  5. Sep 29, 2013 #4
    Is it possible for the challenges to include topics which are taught at High school level? I am sure that challenging questions can be made on those topics. I don't know how to express myself. Maybe Olympiad-type problems?
     
  6. Sep 29, 2013 #5

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    Most of the challenges will have solutions which require only high school level math or calculus to solve - even if it's not immediately clear that an such an elementary solution exists.
     
  7. Sep 19, 2014 #6
    Great activity/Board, this is great guys, keep it up!

    is there something like that includes engineering topics as well (preferably in aero/fluids but anything engineering will do)? Or know of a place that does this?
     
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