Math 160 - Projects
Listed below are the various projects that will be required throughout the semester. Each of these
are worth 20 points and will be due the day following the exam for the appropriate chapter.
These projects take you above and beyond the material covered in the book or require outside
data acquisition. You may work in groups of up to three people per project (with the exception
of the first project, which is an individual project). Turn in one project with all group member's
names on it. Plan on reading the section of the book dealing with the matter before we cover it in
class; you will not always have time to finish the project if you wait until we do.
Project 1, Chapter 3 - (individual project)
Your project is to plan a retirement fund for yourself. To simplify calculations, assume all
transactions - starting of annuity fund, retirement, and death - occur on your birthday. Assume a
nominal interest rate of 6% has been guaranteed for the remainder of your life.
- Identify the age you will be on your birthday this year.
- Identify the age at which you wish to retire. Identify the number of years before retirement.
- Identify the age at which you anticipate dying. Identify the number of years of retirement.
- Identify the monthly payment you anticipate needing during your retirement.
- Calculate the present value necessary on the date of retirement to finance your retirement.
- The present value needed to retire is the future value necessary upon retirement. Calculate the
monthly payment needed before retirement to have enough money to retire.
- Calculate the amount of money in your retirement fund after ten years assuming you make the
regular payments just calculated.
- After the ten years, assume that you receive an inheritance of $20,000 and add it to your
retirement fund. If you stop making regular payments, and just let what money is in the
account draw interest, what will the amount be at the time of retirement?
- Subtract this amount from the future value needed upon retirement and recompute the
monthly payment necessary to obtain the future value. Remember that ten years have gone
by. If no more monthly payments are needed, then state the monthly benefit when you retire.
Project 2, Chapter 4
Part I (10 points)
Solve the following matrix equations for X if possible. If it can't be solved, write "not possible".
Assume capital letters represent matrices.
- AX = B
- AX + BX = C
- XA + XB = C
- AX - X = B
- AX - 3X = B
- XA - 3X = B
- AX + B = CX + D
- X = MX + D
- AXA = B
- AX + XA = B
Part II - The Abilene Network (10 points)
Abilene is a nationwide, high speed, Internet Protocol (IP), research and education network
created by collaboration among Qwest®, Cisco®, Nortel Networks®, Indiana University and
Internet2®. Abilene runs on over 10,000 miles of the Qwest nationwide Synchronous Optical
Network (SONET) backbone, and Qwest provides facilities and engineering support for the
Abilene Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure. The contributions of Qwest and these dedicated
Corporate Partners have resulted in the creation and successful operation of a backbone network
with an estimated value of approximately $500 million.
The predominant Internet2 backbone network, Abilene is utilized by leading universities in
almost all fifty states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Nearly 200 U.S. universities take advantage
of Abilene to collaborate on such diverse advanced applications as tele-immersion, virtual
laboratories, distance learning, distributed performing arts, tele-medicine and digital libraries.
There is a map of the Abilene network at http://www.qwest.com/about/qwest/internet2/map.html.
I have created a blank incidence matrix that you may wish to print an use to make this easier for
you. It requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.
When I write "hop" or "network segment", I mean a trip between two cities.
- Create an incidence matrix for the Abilene network. List the cities in alphabetical order.
- What is the maximum number of hops a packet might travel before reaching its destination?
(Hint: find A + A2 + A3 + ... until every non-diagonal element is greater than zero). Write
down this matrix.
- Part of the design of a good network is redundancy. If any one site loses connectivity, the
rest of the network must continue to function. If the site at Kansas City goes down, what is
the maximum number of hops a packet might travel before reaching its destination (assume
its destination isn't Kansas City)? Write down the matrix used to determine this answer.
Project 3, Chapter 6
Part I - Probabilities (10 points)
Find the probabilities of the following winning poker hands. Assume that five cards are drawn
from a standard 52 card deck. Show work and the probabilities.
- Royal Flush - (Five highest cards from ten through ace in any single suit)
- Straight Flush - (Five cards of the same suit in numerical order)
- Four of a Kind
- Full House - (Three of one kind of card and two of another)
- Flush - (Five cards of the same suit)
- Straight - (Five cards in sequence but not the same suit)
- Three of a Kind
- Two Pairs
- One Pair
Part II - Decision Theory (10 points)
John and Mitchy run a computer store. They can purchase 10 computers from Zol and Denny for
$1400 each, 30 computers from McGuinn and McGuire for $1300 each, or 50 computers from
Sebastian for $1250 each (they can buy from more than one dealer, but only one order per
dealer). John and Mitchy sell the computers for $1500 each. Each computer that is left at the
end of the month will be sold in a clearance sale for $900. John and Mitchy estimate a loss of
goodwill of $50 for each customer which comes into the store, but is unable to purchase a
computer. During the month, the customers will either demand 15, 30, 45, or 60 computers.
Assume the probability of 15, 30, 45, or 60 computers is 0.10, 0.15, 0.50, and 0.25 respectively.
- Create a payoff table with the five actions (purchase plans) and four states of nature (demand)
- Create the opportunistic loss (regret) table.
- For each decision criteria (expected value, maximax, maximin, minimax), find the payoff or
loss and the best action.
Project 4, Chapter 8
Part I (10 points)
Consider the following two-person zero-sum game.
Rick and Corissa
own the only two
grocery stores in
town so that a sale
for Rick is a loss for
Corissa and vice
versa. Each week,
they each run a
special on exactly
one type of food in
an effort to draw
business into their
store. The matrix
showing the choices and the gain in sales for Rick's store are shown.
Answer the following questions.
- What is the optimal strategy for Rick and Corissa? What is the value of the game for Rick
under that those strategies?
- If Rick and Corissa each randomly select a food type to put on sale, what is the value of the
game for Rick?
- If Rick finds out that Corissa is going to spin the spinner from the game Life (10 slots) and
place Cereal on sale if a 1 shows up, Dairy on sale if a 2 or 3 shows up, Meat on sale if a 4, 5,
or 6 shows up, and Snacks on sale if a 7, 8, 9, or 10 shows up, what is the expected value
under each action for Rick? What should Rick's apriori strategy be?
- If the information that Rick obtained in the last question was incorrect, but Corissa finds out
that Rick is going to pick a food type according to that information, what food type should
Corissa put on sale to maximize her sales?
Part II (10 points)
- Create a 4 by 4 non-strictly determined game matrix with no recessive rows or columns.
- Turn the matrix into a story problem. The matrix can be given as a matrix, but come up with
choices for the row and column players to make it an interesting problem.
- Solve the game.
Project 5, Chapter 9
Part I - Peg Moving (10 points)
A game is played by placing a peg into one of ten holes arranged as
shown in the figure. The peg is then randomly moved to one of the
adjacent holes (as an example, F is adjacent to C, E, I, and J) until one
of the vertices (A, G, or J) is reached.
- Create a transition matrix.
- Find the fundamental matrix F.
- If the game is begun by placing the peg into hole E, how many
moves can be expected to be made before the game is over?
- What is the probability of ending up in hole A if the peg is placed into hole F to begin with?
Part II - Craps (10 points)
Consider the dice game of craps as an absorbing Markov chain. The rules of craps are as follow:
A pair of dice are rolled. If the sum on the first roll is a 7 or an 11, you win immediately and the
game is over. If the sum on the first roll is a 2, 3, or 12, you lose immediately and the game is
over. If the sum on the first roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, that sum becomes the "point" and you
continue rolling the dice until you roll your point again and win or you roll a 7 and lose.
A worksheet that can be completed is available in PDF format.
- Write a 1x3 matrix indicating the probabilities of winning, losing, or making a point on the
first roll of the dice.
- Find the expected number of rolls before winning or losing and the probability of winning
and losing for each of the point values.
- Find the overall probability of winning and losing a game of craps. Note that the
probabilities of winning and losing for the individual point values are conditional
probabilities ... they are dependent upon rolling that particular point value on the first roll, so
use the general multiplication rule.
- Find the expected number of rolls for a game of craps. To find the expected number of rolls
for a point (since they're different depending on the point value), find the expected value of
the number of rolls when weighted with the probability of rolling that point. Be sure and add
one to the number of rolls to include the first roll of the dice.