







Volume tetraedre 
19980213 

From Solecki Yannick: j`aimerais savoir s`il existe une formule de calcul simplifie pour trouver le volume du tetraedre en fonction de ses cotes et sans utiliser une expression matricielle. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Intersecting Lines. 
19980210 

From Erik Heppler: My typewriter frequently makes mistakes. Suppose I gave you the following system of equations to solve: 35.26X + 14.95Y = 28.35 187.3X + 79.43Y = 83.29 When I looked back, I realized that I meant to use 14.96 as the "Y" coefficient in the first equation instead of 14.95. Solving the system using 14.95 and then solving another system using 14.96 with all other values the same both times results in the intersection points (1776, 4186) and (770, 1816) respectively. How can that be? Answered by Penny nom. 





The Earth's Arc 
19980206 

From Robert Dyck: How do I find the arc/mile of the earths surface? What is the arc? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Roman Numerals 
19980205 

From Dawn Hilgenberg: How would I read a Roman Numeral such as LXII? Does the L in front make the X equal a lesser amount? We have been discussing how to read these and I can find no information about how to read an extended Roman Numeral problem. Help!! Answered by Harley Weston. 





Area of a triangle. 
19980201 

From Jodi Blucher: Is there a formula for the area of an equilateral triangle knowing the length of the sides? Answered by Chris Fisher and Harley Weston. 





Two Inscribed Trapezoids 
19980127 

From James: A hexagon inscribed in a circle has three consecutive sides each of length 3 and three consecutive sides each of length 5. The chord of the circle that divides the hexagon into two trapezoids, one with three sides each of length 3 and the other with three sides each of length 5, has length equal to m/n, where m and n are relatively prime positive integers. Find m+n. Answered by Haragauri Gupta. 





Divisors of 6n 
19980126 

From James: If n is a positive integer such that 2n has 28 positive divisors and 3n has 30 positive divisors, then how many positive divisors does 6n have? (a) 32 (b) 34 (c) 35 (d) 36 (e) 38 Answered by Penny Nom and Haragauri Gupta. 





The twodigit numbers from 1099 
19980121 

From Alexis Riddle: My name is Alexis. I'm a student in 8th grade and I'm taking Algebra I Honors. My question is: In a string of numbers, two adjacent digits are considered as a twodigit number. For instance, the string 11012 contains the numbers 10, 11, and 12. What is the number of digits in the smallest string that contains all of the twodigit numbers from 1099? Please help and thank you for any assistance you can give me. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The Factor Theorem 
19980118 

From Dhruv Bansal: Hi, I'm a ninth grade student doing a math project for school. I'm trying to learn about various ways of solving 3rd and 4th degree polynomial equations using the remainder theorem, the factor theorem, and synthetic division. The books I have all mention x  r, which I know nothing about, not even how to get it. I would really appreciate any information on this. Thanks. Dhruv Bansal Answered by Penny Nom. 





Polynomials 
19980113 

From Sarah Storkey: Hi, My name is Sarah, My question is at the junior level. My question is, what is a polynomial? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Quadratic Graphs 
19980113 

From Simon Batten: How does varying the values a,b and c affect the graph of y=ax^{2} + bx + c? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Greatest Common Factor. 
19980109 

From Percy Stribling: how do you figure out what the greater common factor is? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Bathtub 
19980104 

From Jeffrey Yau: A bathtub, with two taps, can be filled in 20 minutes using only the cold water tap. It can be filled in 30 minutes using only the hot water tap. The flow of each tap is not changed when both taps are turned on. It takes 24 minutes to drain the full tub. Starting with an empty tub and the drain plug in place, the cold water turned on. Five minutes later the hot water is also turned on, and five minutes after that the drain plug is removed. How many additional minutes, after the plug is removed, would it take to fill the tub? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Find the Numbers. 
19971228 

From Sandy C: The sum of the squares of two numbers is 53. Twice the greater, minus the lesser is 11. Find the numbers. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Trigonometric functions 
19971221 

From Calvin Cheng: My name is Calvin and I have a year 12 question for you to help me with. From a point S, the angle of elevation of the top of a tower due north of it is 20 degrees. From R, due east of the tower, the angle of elevation is 18 degrees. S and R are 100m apart. Find the height of the tower. Answered by Harley Weston. 

