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Math Horizons April 2024 CoverMath Horizons is a vibrant and accessible forum for practitioners, students, educators, and enthusiasts of mathematics, dedicated to exploring the folklore, characters, and current happenings in mathematical culture.

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Tom Edgar, Editor

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Aftermath essays appear in every issue of Math Horizons, and are also collected on the blog of the same name. The essays are intended to be editorials and do not necessarily reflect the views of the MAA.

Award-Winning Articles

The Trevor Evans Awards, established by the Board of Governors in 1992 and first awarded in 1996, are presented by the Mathematical Association of America to authors of exceptional articles that are accessible to undergraduates and published in Math Horizons. The awards are named for Trevor Evans, a distinguished mathematician, teacher and writer at Emory University. The award is $250. See past winners.

About Math Horizons

Math Horizons is the undergraduate magazine of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). It comes out four times during the academic year in print and electronic form (September, November, February, and April). All MAA members have free access to the electronic edition of Math Horizons and can opt for a print subscription at a rate of $29.00 annually. Annual subscription rates are $57 for non-members (print) and $65 for libraries (electronic via Taylor & Francis). Bulk print subscriptions sent to a single address are encouraged. The minimum order is 20 copies ($220); additional subscriptions can be ordered in units of 10.

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We target undergraduate students who are enthusiastic about mathematics and have some mathematical training, but may be early in her or his college career. Imagine writing the article for a math-loving first-year student who is midway through the calculus sequence. Mathematics departments often buy the magazine in bulk and distribute it to their students.

Authors are free to—and are encouraged to—write about advanced topics such as topology, combinatorics, probability and statistics, linear algebra, and so on, but the author should assume that the readers don’t know that material. The articles should be self-contained, and all advanced topics should be defined and explained in a way that is understandable and interesting. This task is one of the most challenging for prospective authors.

Of course, every MAA member has free electronic access to Math Horizons, so many faculty members also read and enjoy the magazine.

Submitting to Math Horizons

Manuscripts may be submitted electronically to editor-elect Stuart Boersma ( If submitting by mail, please send a hard copy to:

Stuart Boersma
Department of Mathematics
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926

For further information visit our Instructions for Authors page.

Submissions to the Problem Section

The Playground features problems for students at the undergraduate and (challenging) high school levels. All problems and/or solutions may be submitted to our Problem Section editor, Jeremiah Bartz, at the following address:

Jeremiah Bartz
UND Math Department
Witmer Hall 313
101 Cornell St. Stop 8376
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8376

Electronic submissions (preferred) may be sent to  Please include your name, email address, school affiliation, and indicate if you are a student.  If a problem has multiple parts, solutions for individual parts will be accepted.  Unless otherwise stated, problems have been solved by their proposers.

Reprint Permission

General permission is granted to institutional members of the MAA for noncommercial reproduction in limited quantities of individual articles (in whole or in part) provided a complete reference is made to the source. Reprint permission should be requested from Taylor and Francis. Please use the form below.


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We welcome your comments, criticisms, and suggestions. Or perhaps you want to pitch an idea for an article before you begin. Contact the editor directly by e-mail.


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