Mathematics & Statistics Problem of the Block
Problem of the Block
The problem of the block is a friendly contest open to students enrolled at Cornell College. Each block a new problem will be posted for students to tackle. Students will earn points for solutions and the student that earns the most points at the end of the year will earn a prize. Cornell alumni are encouraged to submit solutions (or problem ideas!), but the prizes will be awarded to students only.
Cornell students who submit solutions can earn culture points toward the math major.
Rules

Ideally, you will work independently. If you work with other people, they must be acknowledged in the solution you turn in.

You must turn in your solution for each block's problem to Prof. Bean before the first day of the next block.

A winner for each block will be decided on the basis of the best solution submitted. If no best solution can be determined (i.e. there exist relatively identical solutions), the winner will be the student who submitted the first best solution.

Each submission will be given 3 points for a fully correct solution and 1 point for a partially correct solution. The winner of each problem will get a bonus of e points.
 This is a friendly competition. Do not try to find the solution to a problem by looking it up in a book or by searching online. That goes against the spirit of the contest.
20172018 Top 5 Leaderboard (will be updated starting 3rd block)
Current Problem
 Quarter (submission deadline October 30)
Past Problems
 Ken Ken
 Address puzzle
 Seervada
 Path Counting
 Circle Coverings
 Bad Arrangements
 The Epic of Gilgamesh
 Congruent Decompositions
 Str8ts
 Pyramid
Turn in your solutions to Prof. Bean in 206E Law Hall or via email sbean(at)cornellcollege.edu
Past Champions
 20142015: Paul Lambert
 20152016: Laura Wetzel
 20162017: Collin Smith