MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture #98

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin


Spring 2009 Presentation #98 (October 1, 2010)

Professor Norbert Kuenzi, UW-O

"A Historical Look at the Car-and-Goats Problem"

Previous Lectures: (#85 What are Trapezoidal Numbers?)(#74 "The Tower of Hanoi Puzzle"), (#7"Some Binary Curiosities") , (#43"How many Coconuts?--The Famous Monkey, Sailors, and Coconuts Problem") , (#63"Some (Sum) Numerical Curiosities for 2007"), (#16 "Two men thinking about math recreations")

Abstract: The conditional probability problem known variously as Marilyn's Problem, the Monty Hall Problem, and the Car-and-Goats Problems will be presented and analyzed. The problem appeared in the column "ASK Marilyn" in the Sept. 9, 1990 issue of Parade Magazine. Marilyn's response caused an extensive uproar across the country. Some humorous tales, generalizations, experiments, and variations will be presented and analyzed.

Biography: Norbert J. Kuenzi Professor Ph.D. (1969); University of Iowa Research Interest: Probability

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