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John UrschelThe 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...

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 15

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

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 14 Answers

Last week, we played around with magic squares.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 13 Answers

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

John UrschelThe 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 UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 13

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

John UrschelThe 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 UrschelThe 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.

John UrschelThe 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 UrschelThe 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.

John UrschelThe 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...

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 10

This week, I’m going to pose a thought experiment that was proposed to me last week. Someone asked me how many stars are behind the moon.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 9 Answers

In Week 9, looked at three questions concerning the sum of cubes and the square of sums. The three questions build upon each other --...

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 9

Welcome to Week 9 of the Wednesday Morning Math Challenge.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 8 Answers

In Week 8, we only tackled a problem so big -- and, to me, so interesting -- that it deserved its own week.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 7 Answers

Here you’ll find the answers to last week’s puzzles, which were proposed to me by my good friend, chess grandmaster Robert Hess.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 8

Welcome to Week 8 of the Wednesday Morning Math Challenge.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 7

Welcome to Week 7 of the Wednesday Morning Math Challenge. This week we’re going to have some fun with chess.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 6 Answers

Below, you’ll find the answers to last week’s puzzles. For those who didn’t get a chance, if you would like to take a crack at the Week 6...

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 5 Answers

Last week we had three puzzles from my favorite puzzle book, The Moscow Puzzles.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 6

This week, we have three puzzles involving time.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 5

This week I have three puzzles from my favorite puzzle book, The Moscow Puzzles. Translated from Russian, this is the most popular...

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 4 Answers

Below, you’ll find the answers to last week’s puzzles. For those who didn’t get a chance, if you would like to take a crack at the Week...

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of the Wednesday Morning Math Challenge. Remember that the real goal here is to think creatively.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 3 Answers

The easiest way to come to this answer is through trial and error. But that would be pretty frustrating if you don't take a few things...

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 3

Here are three new problems. This week we’re playing around with digits.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 2 Answers

I hope you noticed what all of these questions had in common. I’ll try to include a different theme each week.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 2

This week I've got three new problems for you. Last week we were playing around with my favorite number. This week, well ... hopefully...

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge: Week 1 Answers

I hope you noticed what all of these questions had in common. I’ll try to include a different theme each week.

John UrschelThe Wednesday Morning Math Challenge

Get your pen and paper ready: Here is John Urschel's Wednesday Morning Math Challenge. What unifies every one of these problems is that...

John UrschelMy Three Favorite Math Puzzles

Math doesn’t have answers in the back of the puzzle book. Neither does life. Enjoy.

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John UrschelGame Break: John Urschel

John Urschel is a published mathematician who just finished up his first semester at MIT. Oh, and he also plays for the Baltimore...

John UrschelBack to School

When I was in high school I wanted to be Jake Long, the tackle for the Michigan Wolverines. My mother wanted me to be an aeronautical...

John UrschelThe Parity Ideal

There are different ways to measure parity. Its vagueness is one of the reasons it’s a convenient goal.

John UrschelThe Hard Math of the Cinderella Story

The odds for making an NFL team if you are not a rookie draft pick or an NFL veteran are dismal. How dismal? Here's the math.

John UrschelMath Meets Football: Is the New Extra Point a Game-Changer?

In case you missed it, extra points are being moved to the 15-yard line. What does this mean?... Won’t extra points be significantly...

John UrschelWhy I Still Play Football

Simply put, right now, not playing football isn’t an option for me. And for that reason, I truly envy Chris Borland.

John UrschelMath Meets Football: The Transitive Property Is Real

From an emotional perspective, the transitive property flies in the face of the notion of "any given Sunday," that unwritten rule that...

John UrschelMath Meets Football: One in 600 Billion

When I performed my analysis, I found something particularly fascinating. There was a clear outlier when it came to academic majors in...