MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture #72

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin


Spring 2008 Presentation #72 (Friday, April 18, 2008)
by Dale R. Buske, St. Cloud State University Mathematics Department

"Lingo...It's Not Just Words"

Abstract: Recently, the Game Show Network (re-)introduced a game show called Lingo hosted by Chuck Woolery (of Love Connection, Scrabble, and Greed fame). Knowledge of five-letter words, along with a little luck, helps win the game. This talk will explore the luck angle. Student intuition will be tested using a brief competition.

Biography: Dale Buske is Professor and Chair of mathematics at St. Cloud State University. Writing his thesis on operator algebra, he earned his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1997. The content of this particular talk emerged from watching daytime TV after a softball injury (a broken nose) put him on the couch for several days.

Twelve schools participated in this exciting annual event and the top winner was Chelsea Hassi of Rufus King ($1700) followed by Hannah Shaw and Jonathan Yu of Homestead (each $950). The other cash winners are: Valerie Shen and Louis Wilson of Madison Memorial ($500 each), Ben Seeger of Memorial ($400), Daniel Neuser of Madison East ($400), Arjun Adusumilli of Homestead ($300), Philip Ebben of Fort Atkinson ($200) and Brel Hutton Okpalaeke ($100). Total prize money $6000.

In addition to cash prizes, 11 other students won Scientific Notebook versiion 5.5


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