Every Wednesday during the 2016 NFL season, Baltimore Ravens guard and MIT PhD student John Urschel presents three new puzzles for the mathematically inclined.

John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens is also a published mathematician.  Photographed at his home on 12/1/14 in Baltimore, MD.CREDIT:  Simon Bruty/The Players' Tribune (run no photog credit)

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 16

This week, we’re going to deal with a seat assignment problem!

1st Dcember 2014.
John Urschel. Baltimore Ravens offensive guard.
Owings Mill, Baltimore .MD
Credit: Simon Bruty/ Any Chance Productions

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 15 Answers

Last week, we had a Christmas themed puzzle. I can’t take credit for it though; it’s just the traveling salesman problem on the dodecahedron.

John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens is also a published mathematician.  Photographed at his home on 12/1/14 in Baltimore, MD.CREDIT:  Simon Bruty/The Players' Tribune (run no photog credit)

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 15

This week we’re going to have a Christmas puzzle.

1st Dcember 2014.
John Urschel. Baltimore Ravens offensive guard.
Owings Mill, Baltimore .MD
Credit: Simon Bruty/ Any Chance Productions

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 14 Answers

Last week, we played around with magic squares.

1st Dcember 2014.
John Urschel. Baltimore Ravens offensive guard.
Owings Mill, Baltimore .MD
Credit: Simon Bruty/ Any Chance Productions

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 13 Answers

Last week, we played around with probability and a deck of cards.

John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens is also a published mathematician.  Photographed at his home on 12/1/14 in Baltimore, MD.CREDIT:  Simon Bruty/The Players' Tribune (run no photog credit)

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 14

This week we’re going to play around with a fun mathematical structure that you may have seen before: Magic squares.

John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens is also a published mathematician.  Photographed at his home on 12/1/14 in Baltimore, MD.CREDIT:  Simon Bruty/The Players' Tribune (run no photog credit)

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 13

This week we’re having some fun with probability and a deck of playing cards.

1st Dcember 2014.
John Urschel. Baltimore Ravens offensive guard.
Owings Mill, Baltimore .MD
Credit: Simon Bruty/ Any Chance Productions

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 12 Answers

Last week's problem was a question that you might encounter in a college-level math class, but by week 12, we can handle it.

John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens is also a published mathematician.  Photographed at his home on 12/1/14 in Baltimore, MD.CREDIT:  Simon Bruty/The Players' Tribune (run no photog credit)

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 12

Welcome to Week 12 of the Wednesday Morning Math Challenge. This week, we're going to look at one problem -- but it's a hard one.

1st Dcember 2014.
John Urschel. Baltimore Ravens offensive guard.
Owings Mill, Baltimore .MD
Credit: Simon Bruty/ Any Chance Productions

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 11 Answers

In week 11, we looked at a scenario that football coaches face all the time: when to go for two.

John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens is also a published mathematician.  Photographed at his home on 12/1/14 in Baltimore, MD.CREDIT:  Simon Bruty/The Players' Tribune (run no photog credit)

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 11

Welcome to Week 11 of the Wednesday Morning Math Challenge. This week, we’re going to have a little bit of fun with football.

1st Dcember 2014.
John Urschel. Baltimore Ravens offensive guard.
Owings Mill, Baltimore .MD
Credit: Simon Bruty/ Any Chance Productions

The Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 10 Answers

Our answer won't be the answer that an astrophysicist would come up with. But by simplifying the question and using some rough assumptions, we'll get a crude estimate.