Add "Would You Rather?" to your bookmarks. Phrasing math problems in terms of "Would You Rather" is simple and brilliant. I love this framework for three reasons: 1) It's relatable. We've all wondered whether it's more efficient to mow the lawn in concentric rectangles or in stripes. We've all run. We've all argued with other … Continue reading This High School football coach plays “Would You Rather” Math, and so should you
We'll take a slight detour from my college readiness manifesto (that hasn't even really started yet) to bring you the following election-related problem. Then again, this problem was lifted directly from a graduate level Statistics class, so this might give some insight into what college readiness could potentially look like. Hadn't thought of that. Enjoy! … Continue reading Who doesn’t want to relive the 2000 election? (Stats problem)
Lest this become a sports-draft blog, I feel contractually obligated to post about the NBA Draft Lottery, what with the Cavs winning and the statistical odds and all. Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers (my favorite team for you non-twitter followers) won the NBA Draft Lottery, meaning, by chance they were awarded the #1 overall pick … Continue reading The Minnesota Timberwolves are complaining about having the second pick in the NBA Draft. Do they have a point?
Artifact. This shocked me. The Mavs have a 2-16 record in playoff games officiated by Crawford, including 16 losses in the last 17 games. Dallas is 48-41 in the rest of their playoff games during the ownership tenure of Mark Cuban, who has been fined millions of dollars in the last 11 years for publicly … Continue reading The Dallas Mavericks are 2-16 in playoff games officiated by Danny Crawford. Is this statistically significant?
A couple weeks ago a fellow New Tech math guru and I travelled to Bowling Green, KY to observe some teacher activities. Sadly, school was iced out such that there was a round of early school closures on Day 1 and total shutdown on Day 2. We had some great collaboration and were able to … Continue reading Let’s crowd-source this ; School closure predictor
(note: that does not imply that he's picking the Pack.) Based on our discussion on Friday's Super Bowl prop bet post , we thought a fun, and possibly marginally educational, activity would be to let students (and teachers!) have $100 of "money" to bet on the myriad of Super Bowl odds, with justification. Here's a … Continue reading One person’s $100 Super Bowl Pick Pack
ESPN.com columnist Bill Simmons and fellow sports gambling addict Cousin Sal had their annual Super Bowl prop bets podcast where they discussed the best gambling deals of this Sunday's Super Bowl (if gambling were legal, *ahem*). Aside: if you haven't checked out the list of potential bets for the Super Bowl, you should (how long … Continue reading The Super Bowl is 100/1 odds to be in the 71+ point range; is that a good bet?