Old Faithful

Old Faithful, a famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park, erupts approximately once every 77 minutes. (It used to erupt more frequently, but earthquakes have changed the geyser’s plumbing, so it’s not letting off a little steam as often as it used to.) Assuming that it spurts 8000 gallons of water each time, how many gallons will Old Faithful spurt in one year?

The Unofficial Start of Summer

Memorial Day has always been the unofficial start of summer. Here are some problems about some things we love in hot weather!

Two local supermarkets sell watermelons grown at McDowell’s farm. But Biggy Market sells their watermelons for $3.99 each, regardless of size, whereas Harmless Trail Market sells their watermelons for $0.19 per pound.  For what weight will a watermelon at Harmless Trail cost the same as any watermelon at Biggy? If the largest watermelon grown at McDowell’s farm weighs 18 pounds, at which place should you buy your watermelons?

Tax Day

While taxes are said to be one of only two things certain in life, this year demonstrates the actual date of Tax Day can be flexible. While we prepared for an April 15 Tax Day, rest assured that Tax Day 2020 has been postponed three months! 

Spring Training

Luis plans to purchase some new baseball bats and gloves before spring training begins. Luis wants to buy the same bats and gloves he purchased last spring, but he can’t remember the price of each item. Luis recalls making two purchases last spring, each totaling $135 and both tax exempt. The first purchase was for a glove and three bats. The second purchase was for two gloves and a bat.

E-Week 2020: Electrical Engineering


Today's Problem: Electrical Engineering

From tiny microchips and electronics to the electricity that powers our homes, electrical engineers’ work makes our fast-paced, plugged-in lives possible. This set of problems explores Ohm’s law, named after the German physicist and mathematician Georg Ohm, whose work was influential in electrical circuitry.

E-Week 2020: Biomedical Engineering


Today's Problem: Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers play a vital role in medical advances and innovations that improve our health and save lives. One application of their work is advancing research into specialized care for patients. This set of problems looks at a recent biomedical invention—artificial hearts for people who suffer from certain forms of heart disease.

Let the Competitions Begin!

Chapter Competitions officially started this past weekend! Are you ready to compete? Let’s try a few 2019 Chapter Competition problems to get warmed up.

2019 Chapter Sprint Round, #20

Jones is chasing a car 800 meters ahead of him. He is on a horse moving at 50 km/h. If Jones catches up to the car in 4 minutes, how fast was the car moving?

Jones catches up 800 m in 4 min and thus, at a rate of: