Winning Darts: Where to Aim to Minimize Risk and Maximize Expected Value in the Classic Darts Game 501

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Mathematics | Physical Sciences and Mathematics


Phil Byrne, Mathematics


The purpose of this project is to provide an problem that was advanced enough to provide sufficient thesis-worthy material. Since this project is built upon a real life understandable problem it will convey mathematical ideas to people who aren't usually involved in mathematics. Lastly, this project will serve some practical purpose by helping people win dart games.

Within the discipline this project is valuable because it is a concrete and tangible project that incorporates many different areas mathematics. It also valuable because it pushes the known regions of mathematical computation. This project involves very complicated equations and it will require the use of "heavy duty" computer computation that would have been impossible only a short while ago.