Mathematician: even though you won't win Powerball, you could improve chances of winning alone by the numbers you pick

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Lottery officials have announced the Powerball jackpot has reached its second highest figure in history – $700 million, to be exact. Once again, jackpot dreamers are flocking to convenience stores and supermarkets in search of their golden ticket. A Georgia Tech mathematician who calculates probability for a living has this…

The mathematics of golf

Golf clubs. Credit: NASA (Phys.org)—The official Rules of Golf, which are continually being revised and updated as new equipment emerges, have close ties to mathematics. In many cases, math is used to place limitations on golf equipment, such as restricting the distance the ball will travel, as predicted by mathematical models. The Rules also place…

This math puzzle will help you plan your next party

Mapping connections at your next shindig. Credit: unclibraries_commons Let’s say you’re planning your next party and agonizing over the guest list. To whom should you send invitations? What combination of friends and strangers is the right mix? It turns out mathematicians have been working on a version of this problem for nearly a century. Depending…