Category Archives: Probability

Two Bridge Hands

One early and sunny Sunday afternoon at the Royal Banana Plantation Bridge Club, there arose an animated discussion as to whether hand A consisting of five clubs, four hearts, three diamonds and one spade was more probable than hand B … Continue reading

Posted in Combinations, Number Theory, Probability | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Two Bridge Hands

Days Off

“I heard you have a new job, Dirk,” said Barney, taking a sip of his beer. “Yea, I do, Barney, and it’s a really great job because I get a lot of time off to go fishing at the lake,” … Continue reading

Posted in Combinations, Number Theory, Probability | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Days Off

The Forgotten Hat

It was well known amongst his colleagues that professor Ambrose Helleborus would leave the house and later return without his hat, as a matter of fact, according to his housekeeper, Mrs. MacGillicuddy, this would regularly occur once after every four … Continue reading

Posted in Algebra, Probability | Tagged , | Comments Off on The Forgotten Hat

The Road Crossing

Seymore, a green frog, wanted to cross the road to get to his favorite pond where frog mates were plentiful. However, the road was a dangerous place to cross, and Seymore was worried he might get run over by a … Continue reading

Posted in Number Theory, Probability | Tagged , | Comments Off on The Road Crossing

The Chess Match

One Sunday afternoon, a chess match was being held at the King’s Hills Chess Club where bets were being made on Henry MacDuff versus Melvin Longspur. Henry MacDuff was rated as a three times better player than Melvin Longspur. Judge … Continue reading

Posted in Number Theory, Probability | Tagged , | Comments Off on The Chess Match

The Dice Club Project

One Saturday afternoon, as Jack, a new member, entered the Snake Eyes Dice Club he saw many people busy throwing dice at various felt-covered tables. “Why are you repeatedly throwing that die, Vince, won’t you get a sore arm,” asked … Continue reading

Posted in Combinations, Computer programming, Probability | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The Dice Club Project

Bags with Gold and Silver Coins

“Jack and Jill, which bag do you choose for a chance of winning ten thousand dollars,” hailed the cheerful game show host Dusty Farlone, “the blue bag with three gold and seven silver coins, or the red bag with four … Continue reading

Posted in Probability | Tagged , | Comments Off on Bags with Gold and Silver Coins

The Chinese Round Table

One fine evening, Jack and Jill were dining at the Fu Manchu Magic Noodle House, their favorite Chinese restaurant. They sat at a round table served by their regular waitress, Wang Shu. A number of dishes containing delicious tidbits for … Continue reading

Posted in Algebra, Combinations, Number Theory, Probability | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The Chinese Round Table

The Flying Card

At the Lucky Duck casino Nick, the dealer, was sitting at a green felt table and practicing fancy acrobatic shuffles with a deck of cards when suddenly one card flew away and sailed into a nearby plant bed with some … Continue reading

Posted in Algebra, Combinations, Probability | Tagged , | Comments Off on The Flying Card

The Faulty Die

Jack was sitting at a café table reading a magazine when Jill sat down and ordered some pastries and a hot chocolate. “What are you reading with such a puzzled look on your face,” said Jill, munching a delicious apple … Continue reading

Posted in Combinations, Probability | Tagged , | Comments Off on The Faulty Die