These problems are situated in the context of firefighting to promote problem solving and critical thinking.

Contributor Notes

Edited by Jane Wilburne, who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics and mathematics education at Penn State Harrisburg in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Each month this section of the Problem Solvers department features a new challenge for students. Readers are encouraged to submit problems to be considered for future columns. Receipt of problems will not be acknowledged; however, those selected for publication will be credited to the author. Find detailed submission guidelines for all TCM departments at

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