Write Angles: Where Math Meets Language

A programming collaboration from MoMath and Planet Word

Thursdays at 6:30 pm ET (New York)
September 10, September 24, and October 8

Join MoMath and Planet Word for three exciting FREE programs at the intersection of math and language.

“Word Ladders and Water Pouring Puzzles”
Turn WORD into MATH in five easy steps!
Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)

A word ladder is a puzzle where you start with one word and end with another word of the same length, changing only one letter per step.  Each step must be a real word.  There’s a related puzzle in math called a water pouring puzzle — you must use containers that hold different quantities of liquid to produce a quantity for which you don’t have a container of the right size.  How are these two puzzles related?  And how can solving one help you solve the other?  That’s the fascinating subject of the inaugural Write Angles program.

Registration has closed for this event.

“Code Breaking: Patterns and Sequences”
Can you crack the code?
Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)

Perhaps nowhere is the intersection of math and words more obvious than in cryptography.  Even if a code does not use numbers or letters at all, the only way to break it is to recognize patterns and understand what comes next.  Can you combine your math and language skills to crack the code and decipher the secret message?  Join us for this second program from 23 18 9 20 5 1 14 7 12 5 19.

To register for this individual event for free, click here.

“Math Words Trivia Night”
Bring your A-1 game!
Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)

Are there more words than numbers, or more numbers than words?  You can make a case for either, or both can be true at the same time.  There are so many amazing facts around the language we use to describe numbers — in this third program from Write Angles, here’s your chance to show what you know!

To register for this individual event for free, click here.

Planet Word, an interactive museum exploring the joy and wonder of words and language, is opening in the historic Franklin School in Washington, D.C. this fall.

These are live-streamed events.  Occasional video recordings are made available for a fee at videos.momath.org.