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About the Macalester College Problem of the Week
About the Problem of the WeekStan Wagon, a professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Macalester College, poses a mathematics problem to his students every week. The Problem of the Week tradition was started in 1968 by the late Professor Joe Konhauser. Professor Wagon took over in 1993. Since the problems are meant to be accessible to first-year college students, very little background is needed to understand or solve them.
These problems are also sent out by electronic mail. To join the mailing list, send a message to:
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In addition to the Problem of the Week, Professor Wagon also organizes the annual Konhauser Problemfest.
About the Archives
The problems are added to the archives as they are distributed through the mailing list. At the request of Professor Wagon, solutions are posted one week after distribution and are accessible for the rest of the semester. Before Fall 1998, the archives were maintained by Jeff Erickson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).