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December 20, 2023
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The Math Model You Need for Perfect Christmas Lighting

Tired of playing the holiday guessing game with your Christmas lights? Well, it’s time to say goodbye to the last-minute scramble for more twinkling beauties–there's a math model that's about to turn your holiday decorating woes into a festive breeze.

The perennial question of whether you have enough lights to conquer your Christmas tree is a riddle many of us grapple with each year. But fear not because the solution lies in a brilliant math model that takes the guesswork out of your illuminating equation.

Believe it or not, the Christmas tree-lighting model is surprisingly simple. It stands on a few key assumptions, and once you've got the lowdown, you'll be ready to embark on a journey of festive equations that would make even Santa's head spin (in a good way).

This illuminating article, complete with all the mathematical goodness you need, is available with a free COMAP membership. Download it here. If you’re not yet a member, sign up for free here.

So go grab the article and don’t let the stress of inadequate Christmas lighting dampen your holiday spirit. 

If you're looking for additional brain-teasing math models to help you flex your mental muscles, check out these 10 interesting math modules

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