Princeton Main Essay 23 alpha

Princeton Main Essay 23 alpha - Mathematics and Crayons The...

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Mathematics and Crayons The eighth grade playground was brutal. People who cut the lunch line became tarnished for eternity as villains. It was hard for any other cardinal sin to be as revolting, as fiendish, as cutting. However, if there was one deadly sin worse than cutting the lunch line, it had to be violating the seating chart. Therefore, the day Molly began stealing my seat, I knew she had declared all-out war. Ordinarily, this called for a grueling best-of- nine match of Rock-Paper-Scissors. But this time, such trivial treaties did not suffice. I escalated our fun rivalry into Mrs. Massaro’s problem-solving contests. The Friday before Winter Break, I was pumped. I had flattened her in the first nine problems. Emma York’s reign of seat-stealing would finally come to an end. Moving on to the last problem, I read, “How many paths in this maze can the cat take to catch the mouse?” I had to finish the war in style. I uncorked the big guns: a barrage of permutations, grids, and Vandermonde’s identity. It was an all-star lineup of the fancy
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