Million Dollar Mathematics of Game Shows from NCTM 2015

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.

Mathematics of Game Shows 2015


NCTM 2011: Mathematics of Game Shows slides

At NCTM 2011, attendees learned some mathematics while vying to win a selection of fine cheeses and a copy of Slumdog Millionaire.  This talk addressed the math problems that arise around game shows, especially those of interest to the producers of the show and not just the contestants.

Here are the slides for the talk.  What games and problems should be part of the next one?

Mathematics of Game Shows @ NCTM 2011