# Wild About Math!Making Math fun and accessible

3Mar/083

## Monday Math Madness is here!

I was contacted last week by a couple of Matlab geeks, Quan and Daniel, who have started a blog, Blinkdagger, about co-sponsoring an ongoing Math contest. Now, I was a little confused because I think these guys are engineers, and I didn't know that engineers took Math classes 🙂 (Maybe these guys learned Calculus in the 4th grade.) Anyway, their email got past my spam filter so I figured this relationship was meant to be! So, (drum roll, please), Blinkdagger and Wild About Math! have teamed up to post fun Math puzzles on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. There'll be a prize for the best combination of randomly selected right answer plus good explanation of how you got your answer.

Here's how Monday Math Madness will work. I'll post a problem on the first Monday of the month. You solve it. You email your answer and explanation to the special email address for the contest. A randomly selected excellent submission wins the prize. Two weeks later, on the third Monday of the month, the Blinkdagger guys post their problem. You solve, submit, and maybe win a prize. Then, it's back to this blog the first Monday of next month.

Here's the first contest problem:

A popular blog has just three categories: brilliant, insightful, and clever. Every blog post belongs to exactly one of the three categories and the category for each post is selected at random. What is the probability of reading at least one post from each category if a reader reads exactly five posts?

I'll be contacting manufacturers of Math-related products and see if I can round up Math books, games, toys, and puzzles to give as prizes. If not then I'll keep giving out Amazon certificates. The Blinkdagger guys get to choose their own prizes. They might want to outdo me and give away sports cars or copies of Matlab, or something.

Note: You only get to win once per year. So, if you win then immediately unsubscribe from our blogs we'll understand.

Sincerely,

Quan, Daniel, and Sol

Cube photo by dps