Million Dollar Mathematics of Game Shows from NCTM 2015
May 8, 2015 Leave a comment
At NCTM 2015 I gave a talk on the mathematics of game shows, including Deal or No Deal and several games from The Price Is Right: 1/2 Off, Master Key, and Plinko.
We discussed some of the choices made in designing these games and others, and how the most interesting questions about shows are from the producers’ side, not the contestants’ side.
We also played games and I attempted to give away lots of money. Sadly, most of the games were lost.
Below is a PDF with the slides from the talk. I will repost the slides from the previous NCTM game show talks soon.
Thanks! I’ve been asked a few times — yes, I’m happy to present this or any other talk for a school or district, for students or teachers.