## Tuesday, May 22, 2012

### at the TEF blog

#### 1 comment:

Charles said...

I left a comment with my answer (same as yours, incidentally) over on the TEF blog. Then I started discussing the question itself, but I realized that it might not be appropriate for a site where prospective students might drop by to check you out. So here is my discussion:

This is one of the few Math Beast problems that actually makes sense to me. If you've got a party with 18 women and 40 men (I'm getting these figures from your answer, obviously), your going to end up with some unhappy people. Most likely the 8 women left because they couldn't handle the pressure of being hit on by so many (presumably) drunk guys. Seeing their chances dwindle so significantly, the vast majority of men left to go crash the sorority party down the street.

What happened with the remaining ten women and five men depends on how much alcohol and other recreational substances were available at the party. But that wasn't part of the question, so I didn't do any calculations.

(The captchas for me on this comment are "equaMan" (yes, with a capital M in the middle) and "oldern." I feel like someone is trying to tell me something, I just don't know what.)