2003 Problems

Problem A

What is it worth?

In 1945, Noah Sentz died in a car accident and his estate was handled by the local courts. The state law stated that 1/3 of all assets and property go to the wife and 2/3 of all assets go to the children. There were four children. Over the next four years, three of the four children sold their shares of the assets back to the mother for a sum of \$1300 each. The original total assets were mainly 75.43 acres of land. This week, the fourth child has sued the estate for his rightful inheritance from the original probate ruling. The judge has ruled in favor of the fourth son and has determined that he is rightfully due monetary compensation. The judge has picked your group as the jury to determine the amount of compensation.

Use the principles of mathematical modeling to build a model that enables you to determine the compensation. Additionally, prepare a short one-page summary letter to the court that explains your results. Assume the date is November 10, 2003.

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Problem B

How fair are major league baseball parks to the players?

Consider the following major league baseball parks: Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees, California Angles, Minnesota Twins, and Florida Marlins.

Each field is in a different location and has different dimensions. Are all these parks "fair"? Determine how fair or unfair is each park. Determine the optimal baseball "setting" for major league baseball.

 Outfield Dimensions Wall Height Franchise Left field Left center Center  field Right center Right  field Left Field Center  Field Right Field Area of Fair Ter Angels 330 376 408 361 330 8 8 18 110,000 Braves 335 380 401 390 330 8 8 8 115,000 Rockies 347 390 415 375 350 8 8 14 117,000 Yankees 318 399 408 385 314 8 7 10 113,000 Twins 343 385 408 367 327 13 13 23 111,000 Marlins 330 385 404 385 345 8 8 8 115,000

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