Problem of the Week
The Problem of the Week (POTW) is an activity of the United States Military Academy's Math Forum. Once each week's problem is closed out, a new problem will be posted and the solution to the previous problem will be added at the end of this page. The point of contact for the Problem of the Week is Eleanor Abernethy at eleanor.abernethy@usma.edu.
 
Background The POTW is a program that exists in some form or variation at many of the top colleges and universities across the nation and around the world. Each week, a new ... exciting ... and challenging problem will be posted to this homepage. Interested cadets, faculty, and other individuals outside USMA are welcome and encouraged to participate. Rules of Engagement The POTW contest will span the entire academic year at West Point, but "Top Guns" (winners) will be identified in three categories for each of the two semestersFall 2011 and Spring 2012, and certificates will be awarded to each. The categories are:
All interested parties will have access to the problem at 1200 hours (Noon EST) on Friday of Week "n" and will have until 1600 (4 p.m. EST) on Thursday of Week "n+1" to present their solutions. How: Email me your solution. Email may take the forms of either: plain text typed into an email message, a word document, Excel document, Mathematica notebook, or scanned Adobe file. Regardless of the submission method, please show your work to the best of your ability. If none of these options works for you, you may drop it off in my office TH222. Please put the time of submission on it with the subject line: POTW 
Current Problem
