You’ll need a quarter and 50 pennies to play this game.  Twenty five of the pennies belong to the pupil.  Pupil plays the following game:

Tosses the quarter and guesses if it lands Heads of Tails.  When pupil wins, she gets a penny.  When he loses, he gives a penny.  Do this 25 times and write down the result of each toss.  Example:

Let P = Prediction
Let A = Actual
Let H – Heads
Let T – Tails

P  A

  1. H  H

  2. H  T

  3. H  T

  4. T  T

  5. H  H

  6. H  T

  7. T  H

  8. And so on till 25.


Calculate the following:

  • Winning and losing percentages
  • Percentage of times coin lands on Heads and Tails.

That’s it for today.  We’ll go deeper tomorrow.

College Admissions Essay (Part IV)

Here’s the prompt again:

Joan of Arkansas. Queen Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Babe Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Mash up a historical figure with a new time period, environment, location, or occupation, and tell us their story.
—Inspired by Drew Donaldson, AB’16

Here’s what we have thus far:

Soong Ching Linguini, daughter of renown restaurateur Alfredo Linguini and his mistress Valentina Ching, loves Italian food.  She has two half sisters, the daughters of her father and his wife, Colette.  The elder half-sister, Amalea Linguini loves money, so she married the owner of Olive Garden.  The younger half-sister Maria Linguini loves power, so she married Italy’s most influential food critic.  Soong expressed her love of Italian food by apprenticing with and eventually marrying a chef known for his linguini alfredo.  After he died, she took over his restaurant and was determined to improve on his linguini alfredo recipe.  She searched for superior ingredients, innovated better ways to make linguini and the alfredo sauce, and experimented with more exotic uses and combinations of ingredients.

To that I add:

For instance, Soong invented a new type of mill that produces flour made from wheat and rice to make a linguini that’s less sticky and a touch lighter to bite.  She infused her alfredo sauce with sesame oil and cumin, which went well with the Peking duck linguini alfredo.  Soong even served a peanut butter and jelly linguini alfredo, to which she adds peanut butter to the alfredo sauce and sprinkles the dish with strawberries.  Such bold dishes elevated Soong’s reputation to one of the greatest Italian chefs ever, and she was invited to compete on Iron Chef America, where she defeated Mario Batali and wowed the judges with pineapple linguini popsicles as dessert.

Her sister Amalea’s husband, the owner and CEO of Olive Gardens, offered Soong an opportunity to create a line of supermarket products.  Soong turned him down, telling him that she wants to focus on evolving and elevating Italian cuisine, not on making products for mass consumption.  Last year, the Italian government declared her a national treasure, becoming the second chef in the world given that honor, the first being master sushi chef Jiro Ono of Japan.  Soong continues to work at her restaurant six days a week, thinking of new ways to make and serve linguini alfredo.

The end.  Let us know if you need help with your college admissions essays.