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24Feb/091

New Math puzzles on Wolfram Research’s ‘The Math Behind Numb3rs’ site

Wolfram Research, the folks behind Mathematica, have just started posting puzzles to go with the episodes of the hit show, NUMB3RS.

From the Wolfram Blog:

Wolfram Research has worked with the CBS/Paramount show NUMB3RS since its first season. Now in the fifth season, it remains the most popular show of Friday nights. “The Math behind NUMB3RS” gives a more in-depth look at some of the mathematics in each episode. With season 5, we’ve added a math puzzle to go with each episode. Fifteen episodes into season 5, there are fifteen puzzles available.

For each puzzle we make a web page with an episode file that contains the puzzle itself, a hint section that discusses the related mathematics, a quote from the episode, and a detailed solution. For example, in episode 509, “Conspiracy Theory,” the puzzle is “Nonrandom Matrix“—a type of Latin square also known as a Sudoku puzzle. In a Sudoku puzzle, you must fill in the matrix so that every row, column, and 3×3 box contains the digits 1 through 9.

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  1. I enjoy reading your posts. They are very informative as I teach middle school MathCounts team.


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