AlgPoW Problems

     Since August of 1999, I (Terry) have had the pleasure to work with the famous website called The Math Forum, and more specifically the Problem of the Week section of that site. My attention was mainly focussed on the Algebra portion of that project, a.k.a "algpow.

     This page of WTM is merely a bibliographical listing of the problems in algpow that I have been involved on the creative side of things. As I was not the inventor of all the problems in the project, I have chosen to separate the majority of them into groups, according to my involvement in the process. Group I, for example, consists of those problems that I did in fact write. Group II, on the other hand, contains items which were adapted from problems found in other sources. I took the problem from some source then re-wrote it in a different form. (Where possible, I state the source of the problem's inspiration.)

     Group III gives problems which involved the cooperation to some significant degree of other individuals. When possible, they will be likewise indentified. Finally, Group IV has a few problems that were borrowed from another source or written by someone else, not associated with the Math Forum staff.


Group I
  1. Sam and Teri's Bank Accounts - posted August 23, 1999
  2. Porky Pig's Popcorn Diet - posted August 30, 1999
  3. Judy and Jen's Garden Problem - posted September 6, 1999
  4. The Ages of Sigma - posted September 13, 1999
  5. Jack and Jill Go Jogging - posted November 1, 1999
  6. Gumballs Galore! - posted November 8, 1999
  7. Triangular Number Identities - posted November 22, 1999
  8. X Marks the Spot - posted January 10, 2000
  9. The Price of Pollo - posted January 17, 2000
  10. A Tale of Two Intercepts - posted February 7, 2000
  11. The EV Function - posted February 14, 2000
  12. A Coat of Golden Angels - posted February 28, 2000
  13. Grandpa Jones' Age - posted March 20, 2000
  14. Lucie and Daryl's Bike Ride - posted April 3, 2000
  15. Motorcycle Daredevil - posted April 10, 2000
  16. The Three Jelly Bean Jars - posted May 1, 2000
  17. It's the Law! - posted May 8, 2000
  18. Sam and Teri Revisited - posted May 15, 2000
  19. Tele-Plus - posted August 28, 2000
  20. Bugs Bunny's Money - posted September 4, 2000
  21. An "Average" Problem - posted September 11, 2000
  22. What's My Angle? - posted September 18, 2000
  23. Flatland Soldiers - posted September 25, 2000
  24. Touchdown Toddlers - posted October 2, 2000
  25. How High Is Enough? - posted October 9, 2000
  26. As the Crow Flies - posted October 16, 2000
  27. Peanuts and Cashews - posted October 23, 2000
  28. Trick-or-Treat Box - posted October 30, 2000
  29. Painting Partners - posted November 6, 2000
  30. 'Ace' Trotter - posted November 13, 2000
  31. Missing Angle Mystery - posted November 20, 2000
  32. Romance by Rowboat - posted December 4, 2000
  33. The Great Doughnut Caper - posted December 11, 2000
  34. Pythagoras and Y2K - posted December 18, 2000
  35. Dot.com Derby - posted January 8, 2001
  36. Tribonacci - posted January 15, 2001
  37. Mr. Cramer's Cousins - posted January 22, 2001
  38. What's My Line? - posted January 29, 2001
  39. Diego's Building Block - posted February 5, 2001
  40. Home-Made Valentine Card - posted February 12, 2001
  41. Lieutenant Stone's Troops - posted February 26, 2001
  42. My Bag of Marbles - posted March 5, 2001
  43. At Least This Many - posted March 12, 2001
  44. Midpoint Magic - posted March 26, 2001
  45. The Box Supper - posted April 9, 2001
  46. Filling the Aquarium - posted April 23, 2001
  47. Going for the Gold - posted April 30, 2001
  48. The Professors' Primes - posted May 7, 2001
  49. The Professors' Ages - posted September 3, 2001
  50. What's the Score? - posted September 17, 2001
  51. Partners in Pizza - posted October 1, 2001
  52. Susita's Savings Account - posted October 15, 2001
  53. Homer Jones - posted October 29, 2001
  54. Two Ladders - posted November 19, 2001
  55. That's Some Sequence! - posted December 3, 2001
  56. Number, Please! - posted January 7, 2002
  57. 2002 Is Sum Year! - posted January 21, 2002
  58. Splitting a Square - posted April 29, 2002
  59. Ant Race - posted May 27, 2002
  60. My Three Dogs - posted November 4, 2002
  61. Tiffany's Triumphs - posted November 18, 2002
  62. Maxwell's Mowing - posted May 5, 2003
  63. Calling Long Distance - posted October 13, 2003
  64. Cherokee Creek Checkers Club - posted November 24, 2003
  65. Alvin's Theorem - posted January 12, 2004
  66. Marathon Mitch - posted February 9, 2004 [not yet archived]


Group II

  1. The Weight of Bart's Brick - posted September 27, 1999
  2. Walter's Weird Wages - posted October 18, 1999
  3. A Day at the Fairs - posted November 15, 1999 [Maurice Kraitchik, Mathematical Recreations]
  4. The Christmas Gifts - posted December 20, 1999 [L. H. Longley-Cook, WORK THIS ONE OUT]
  5. The Mensa Toy Store - posted March 6, 2000 [Mensa calendar problem]
  6. The Great One - posted March 27, 2000 [traditional]
  7. A Product-Plus-1 - posted April 17, 2000
  8. Donald Duck's Trip - posted March 19, 2001 [MTMS Menu of Problems]
  9. Shanell's Holiday Treats - posted December 17, 2001 [Dr. James Wilson's website]
  10. Winter Gold - posted February 18, 2002
  11. Weighing Kittens - posted March 4, 2002 [George Miller]
  12. Buy This Tune! - posted April 15, 2002


Group III

  1. The Variable Rectangle - posted April 1, 2002
  2. Jimmy's Hits - posted October 21, 2002 [w/ Annie Fetter]
  3. Burger Inflation? - posted April 21, 2003 [w/Annie Fetter, Steve Risberg, and Steve Weimar
  4. He Shoots! He Scores! - posted May 19, 2003 [w/Annie Fetter, Steve Risberg]
  5. Power-full Fractions - posted September 1, 2003 [assisted by Jean-Claude Rosa, Patrick De Geest, & Jerry Levy]
  6. What's the Temperature? - posted October 27, 2003 [by Annie Fetter; TT did the extra]
  7. The Sprats - posted December 8, 2003 [w/Lisa Lavelle]
  8. Count Your Change - posted December 29, 2003 [by Steve Risberg; TT did the extra]


Group IV

  1. Fording the River - posted September 20, 1999 [by Lisa & Judy Gardner]
  2. The Spider and the Fly - posted October 4, 1999 [J. A. H. Hunter, Fun with Figures]
  3. Round the World on a Wire - posted October 11, 1999 [unknown]
  4. A Dog, a Hog, and a Frog - posted October 25, 1999 [Redwood Empire Mathematics Tournament]
  5. Four Men and Some Money - posted December 6, 1999 1999 [Daboll's Schoolmaster's Assistant Being a Plain and Practical System of Arithmetick. 1837]
  6. Adrienne's Axel - posted December 13, 1999 [Leslie Hogben]
  7. The Length of Larry's Rectangle - posted January 3, 2000 [Larry Sue]
  8. A Triangle's Area - posted January 24, 2000 [Canadian Open Math Challenge 1999, via Tim Lang]
  9. A Space Diagonal - posted January 31, 2000 [MATHCOUNTS 1999, State level, Sprint Round #23]
  10. What's What? - posted March 13, 2000 [source unknown]
  11. Profits and Lots - posted May 22, 2000 [Canadian Dept. of Education]
  12. Milly Miffin's Muffins - posted May 29, 2000 [J. A. H. Hunter, Fun with Figures]
  13. A 2-for-1 Lunch - posted January 1, 2001 [Marsha Hurwitz]
  14. Highway Miles - posted November 12, 2001 [unknown]
  15. Ships Ahoy! - posted March 18, 2002 [source unknown]
  16. Marsha's Triangle - posted May 13, 2002 [Marsha Hurwitz]


Postscript

     Actually, I began contributing problems to the overall PoW project in March of 1999. The problem Tatianna and the Troll - posted March 29, 1999 appeared in the section known as "elempow", a place that focussed on material more relevant to the elementary math classroom.

     That was followed by another: Georg Tricks the Troll - posted May 3, 1999.

     Then once I became a more steady worker in the PoW project, I even contributed this problem: Inching Along Down the Football Field - posted September 6, 1999. It appeared in another department of PoW known as "midpow" (middle school level material).


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