







Approximating pi. 
19961104 

From Ben Dixon: How do you calculate Pi? Do you have to somehow combine the equation for a circle with the formula for the circumference? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Approximating roots. 
19961104 

From Ben Dixon: How do you calculate a square root? eg the square root of 2.There is obviously some sort of successive approximation type algorithm for doing it to however many decimal places is required, but what is the algorithm? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The diameter of the sun. 
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From Lynda Mow: What is the process for solving the following question? As viewed from earth, the sun subtends an angle of approx 32'. If the sun is 93,000,000 miles from earth, find the diameter of the sun. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tangent to a circle is perpendicular to the radius at the point of contact. 
19961022 

From Rita Leung: I wonder if there is any proof for this theorem  A tangent to a circle is perpendicular to the radius at the point of contact. If there is any proof for that, can you tell me please? Answered by Chris Fisher and Harley Weston. 





Could you tell me the name for the bar in a division problem? 
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From Linda: Could you tell me the name for the bar in a division problem. Not the line with dots on either side but the line that divides the two numbers? My name is Linda. I am asking for my niece who is in 8th grade. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





What is the volume of a regular tetrahedron? 
19961021 

From Paul Bleier: How does one calculate the volume and the height of a three sided pyramid formed by equilateral triangles? Answered by Bruce Gilligan. 





How many digits are there in 2^2520? 
19961007 

From Rita Leung: A)The number 64 is a sq., a cube, and a sixth power because 64=8*8, 4*4*4, 2*2*2*2*2*2. Find the smallest integer greater than 1 that is a sq., a cube, a 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th power. I have found that the answer is 2 to the power 2520th. B) How many digits are in the correct answer to part A? The answer is uncertain. It is either 758 or 759. Can you give me any ideas? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why is lbs the abbreviation for pounds? 
19961003 

From Nancy Mutdosch: What does lbs stand for? Why is it the abbreviation for pounds? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Why is a circle divided into 360 degrees? 
19960930 

From Kurtis Kredo: I was recently wondering why a circle has been divided in to 360 degrees. When I asked my physics teacher he could not think of an answer. His guess is that it probably has to do with people long ago using the base 6 number system. I have a small inkling that it has to do with easy conversion or usage with radians or grads. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Divisibility of 2n choose n. 
19960924 

From Kathy Doan: Can you prove that "2n choose n" is not divisible by 3, 5, and 7 for infinitely many n? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many possible combinations of answers are there? 
19960920 

From David Bester: Suppose there is a 12 question test. Each question can be answered only by true or false. Assuming that all questions are answered (i.e. none are left blank), how many possible combinations of answers are there? And what formula was used to arrive at the answer? Answered by Denis Hanson. 





Term definitions 
19960918 

From M. Seltzer: A 7th grade algebra student would like the definition of the terms proper factor and perfect number. Answered by The Centralizer. 





How do you find out if a number is a composite or prime? 
19960916 

From Trish Feenstra: Hi my name is Trish Feenstra. In grade 8. How do you find out if a number is a composite or prime if it is big like 37 529? Reply soon got a test on Friday the 13th Answered by Denis Hanson. 





Repeating decimals 
19960909 

From Alice: What is the line called that is placed over the decimal to show that it is infinitely repeating? Answered by The Centralizer. 





Will this always yield a palindrome? 
19960828 

From Andy Golden: My friend Justin Skywatcher, said that when his children were in 6th grade, they were taught that if you take any number, reverse it and add the two together, a palindrome will result. If not, continue performing the above operations, and a palindrome will eventually result. Will this always yield a palindrome? Answered by Chris Fisher. 

