Whether knowingly or not, NBC Thursday night comedies have made occasional dalliances with mathematics. For example, you can see here for a mathematical discussion inspired by The Office, and here for one inspired by Parks and Recreation.
Today I would like to add to this esteemed list the show Community, now in its third season on NBC’s Thursday block. As the title indicates, the show centers around a group of friends who are students at the fictional Greendale Community College (how this formula will pan out if the show lasts more than four seasons is uncertain).
In a recent episode (titled Competitive Ecology), the gang divides themselves up into pairs of lab partners for Biology class, but they quickly discover their pairings are less than ideal – especially since, with an odd number in the central crew, one member must pair up with someone who is not in their clique. Their first assignment . . . → Read More: A Mathematics Community