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## 18 June 2012

### You never know who might read your assignments...

I figure that this blog's readership doesn't overlap much with that of Deadspin, a sarcastic sports website.  So you may not have seen this post regarding a Chicago girl's math assignment.

Story in brief:  Charles Tillman, an outstanding player for the Bears,* was making a public appearance.  A high school student showed Mr. Tillman her math assignment, which I present [sic]:

The Packers play the Bears 4 times in two seasons.  The Packers, being a much better team have an 80% chance of winning each game.  What is the probability that the Bears win all four games?
What is the probability that the Bears win at least one game?

My comments:  When you're asking a two-part question, phrase it like a two-part question.  Stem, separate line, part (a), separate line, part (b).  Your Englilsh teacher taught you to avoid run-on sentences... well, don't write run-on physics questions, either.  **

Charles Tillman's comments:  I quote partially from what Mr. Tillman wrote on the assignment, as documented by Deadspin:  This is Charles "Peanut" Tillman of the Chicago Bears... The probability that the Bears would win in my opinion is 100%.

* If you're one of those people who ignores American football: The "Bears," known within the city as Da Bears, are a Chicago-based football team who play their games in a spaceship.  The "Packers" are a rival team whose fans wear hats shaped like cheese wedges.  Ya know, maybe you ought to stick with the ignoring football.

**And watch your comma usage.