







Five bales 
20171008 

From John:
two answers were given... I believe both to be incorrect.
five bales weighed two at a time: weightx2 given: 110,112,113,114,115,116,117,118,120, and 121. It stated all combinations ie: ab,ac,ad,ad,bc,bd,be, etc. to arrive at the above 10 combined weights. I come up with the following...
Bale A= 54lbs, Bale B=56, Bale C=58, Bale D=59. and Bale E=62 pounds.
A+B=110, A+C=112, A+D=, B+C=114, B+D=115 ,A+E=116 ,C+D=117, B+E=118 ,C+E=120, and D+E=121 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 25 acre strip 
20170529 

From Va: hello, can you pls help me....i have a property which has 300 ft width road frontage and my lot is 4700 ft deep to the back line of my property which i am told 27 acres. I want to only sell 25 acres...and go to the rear line with 4700 feet, but decrease the front width using the 300 ft measurement. how do i decrease the 300 ft width measurement by 2 acres? i am confused what the measurement would be..thank you....so to sum it i want to make 25 acres out of a measurement of 300 x 4700 ft long reducing the front measurement..thank you so much. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Addition and subtraction base 5 
20170129 

From BABAWALE: Simplify 342five +132five223five Answered by Penny Nom. 





Five equations 
20170116 

From Muhammed: A x 4 = E
B ÷ 4 = E
C + 4 = E
D  4 = E
___________
& A + B + C + D = 100
what is the value of E Answered by Penny Nom. 





4444 base five 
20161111 

From John: If 4444 is a number in Base5, is 624 its value? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A five digit number 
20161012 

From Massa: Explain why any four digit number is less than any five digit number? Answered by Penny Nom. 





tan15° 
20160411 

From JOHN: find the exact value of tan15° in surd form. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Division base 5 
20160201 

From Jenalee: I am having problems with a dividing bases question. I reviewed two that I could find in the database and tried the question as shown but I am still getting the wrong answer.
My question is 32\24043 to the base of 5 for both. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for a league with 15 teams 
20151205 

From Zac: Hello,
I have a league schedule question. We have a league where we have say have 15 teams. Each team is to play each other twice during a 10 week session.
However each team tries only to play 3 matches(teams) per night(week).
How would we set up a random schedule for the 10 week session? Answered by Victoria West. 





A 15 team tournament 
20151028 

From Joseph: We have a 15 team tournament. Each team plays all other teams. We need a schedule were each game has a work team. Thus at each fields we have two teams playing and one working. All teams need to play each other and also be a work team. Any help would be appreciated!! Answered by Victoria West. 





Subtraction base 5 
20150829 

From nakita: can u explain the quinary subtraction ...
(3000) (2342) all the numbers are in quinary number system Answered by Penny Nom. 





Integers in different bases 
20150305 

From Michael: Let k be a positive integer so that 28 (subscript)k = 132 (subscript)5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for 5 employees working 2 at a time 
20150123 

From Cynthia: We have 5 employees and need only 2 to work on Saturdays. what is the best
way to fairly schedule everyone. PS. from time to time a sixth person will be
thrown in to make things really interesting. Answered by Victoria West. 





1.5% of 1 trillion 
20141230 

From Kgosi: How much is 1.5% of 1 trillion? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A line segment of length root 5 
20141215 

From angela: On the dot grid below, draw and label a line segment with length square root 5
the dot grid is 8 by 10 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Golf for 15 
20140811 

From Brian: I am trying to arrange 5 rounds of golf for 15 golfers. We will play 5 in a group, 3 groups per round, 5 rounds. I would like everyone to play with everyone else. Secondary objective would be for no one to play with anyone else more than 2 times.
Thank you. Answered by Victoria West. 





Multiplication in base five 
20140807 

From Alise: Hi Maths Central!
I was wondering if you could help me with multiplying in base 5. I have read a question previously answered by you in regards to this but got fairly confused by it and was hoping you could help me with my question.
My question is: Multiply 1422 base 5 by 21 base 5 keeping these numbers and answer in base 5.
Would you also be able to explain how to get to the answer?
Thanks! Answered by Penny Nom. 





16 golfers over 15 weeks 
20140711 

From Steve: I need a schedule for 16 golfers over 15 weeks, where each golfer is paired with a different golfer each week and plays 4 matches per week against 4 different pairs (each pair does not have to play each week) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Sharing in the ratio of of 2:3:5 
20140711 

From Muzdalfah: Amount of Tsh 12,000 is to be shared among John,Hidaya and sabrina in the ratio of
of 2:3:5 respectivly.How will each get? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 5 sided lot 
20140710 

From mia: have the feet numbers of three sides, but the forth side is in a "V" so it has two figures.
Question: can i add the two figures of the "v" together to get one figure, so then I would have the figures for all four sides. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A 5person golf flight 
20140505 

From Jeremy: can you have a 5person golf flight and play only 3 matches so that one person plays one match each? Answered by Victoria West. 





Golf :15 players over 4 days 
20140502 

From michael: We are playing with 15 players over 4 days. We plan to have 3 people in each group. A total of 5 groups with 3 players each. Can I arrange for each player to play with other players only 1 time? Answered by Victoria West. 





Converting to base 5 
20140410 

From Usama: Convert the numbers used in the following expressions into those of basefive and solve :
21+34108+62
Convert the result so obtained into decimal system and thus check your answer? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a 5 sided lot 
20140315 

From Michael: Question from michael:
This lot is in feet. 59x154x109x188x137 per the plot plan Answered by Harley Weston. 





Counting in base five using words not digits 
20140125 

From Randy: We all know how to count (in the base 10/decimal system) using words not numbers. For example: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, etc. However, in base 5 (for example) how would you count (in words). For sure  in base 5 the number 1 could be "one", the number 2 could be "two". However there seems to be no words to describe base 5 numbers beyond 0,1,2,3 and 4 (and perhaps 10). In base 5 the number 10 is not ten. Rather it is "five". In base 5 what word(s) describe numbers larger than 10? What words are used for 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 30, 44,...etc. Also, consider a man and woman were married in the Gregorian year 1964. If they had an anniversary tomorrow  how long would you say they've been married in base 5 speak? In numbers their Golden Anniversary would note 200 years of marriage in base 5. How would you articulate their years together in base 5? I don't recall seeing verbiage to represent numbers in any system other than the decimal/base 10 system. Do such things exist for other systems? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A word problem 
20131208 

From Malissa: I am attempting to help my son with his math word problem, please help thank you .
Kylie and Ethan kept scrapbooks of their grandfather's stories from world war II. Kylie has 6 more than half the number of pages Ethan has. If Kylie has 21 pages in her scrapbook, how many pages are in Ethan's scrapbook? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Base 5 arithmetic 
20131127 

From samuel: Good day sir, please i don't understand when you say 4x4=13 in base five? In fact, am always having difficulties in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication of number in the same base other than base ten. Please can you give me one example each with details explainations? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Base 5 arithmetic 
20131012 

From Obassy: (4 2 4 3)(1 3 x 4)=( Y 3 4 4),find the value of x and y in the subtraction above carried in base five? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Base 5 
20130930 

From Zakir: Sir I wanna know something about base 5 number system
Why we use it and who use this ? and what is the purpose of it Answered by Robert Dawson. 





25 people are attending a 5 day meeting. 
20130920 

From Lisa: 25 people are attending a 5 day meeting. There are 5 tables, with each table seating 5 (or 6). I want each person to sit at a different table every day with completely different people.
Is this possible. Can do I figure this out?
I have each of the people a letter designation from A to Y. Each table
have a number from 1 to 5.
Thank you! Answered by Victoria West. 





More than half of the people said... 
20130826 

From Lucy: Hi,
The question is:
Samoa 23%
Brazil 41%
Sri Lanka 52%
Senegal 39%
Armenia 37%
Croatia 20%
Why is the following statement true for the data above: More than half of the people said they were interested in Sri Lanka. The reason I don't understand the problem is that because the percentages add up to be greater than 100%, that means that the 500 people(as stated in the question) who participated in the survey got to pick more than once. Therefore, it is not 52% out of 100% anymore.
Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





25% 
20130328 

From aaliyah: what is the raw data of 25% Answered by Penny Nom. 





A profit of 35% 
20120907 

From Jack: If a product cost me $10.00 and I want a profit of 35% what is my sell price? How do I figure the sale price to make a 35% profit on the sale? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 5 pointed star in a circle 
20120805 

From wiljohn: find the area of a 5 pointed star in the circle with a radius of 12.517 Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Drawing cards from a standard 52card deck 
20120707 

From Fatima: My daughter has to complete the project in probability chapter.Her gave her a complete probability chapter and told her to do all the problems.Out of them some questions I am not getting
The question is like this please give me a detailed explanation.
When drawing cards without replacement from a standard 52card deck, find the maximum number of cards you could possibly draw and still get
a. fewer than three black cards
b. fewer than six spades
c. fewer than four face cards
d.fewer than two kings Answered by Penny Nom. 





A puzzle with a triangle and 57 
20120425 

From sharon:
Question from sharon, a parent:
We have been battling with this for days and cant find any solution 
Using each of the following numbers once, fill all the spaces in the triangles so that each side of the triangle adds up to 57
numbers are 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19
diagram is 
Any ideas ? this has to be in in just over 24 hrs ......help! Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Expressing 0.5% 
20120206 

From Kenneth: Hello:
It is correct to express 0.5% as 5 tenths of one percent.
Is it also correct to express 0.5% as 5 tenths of onehundred percentage points or 5 tenths of one percentage point?
I think it would be 5 tenths of one percentage point because 5 tenths of onehundred percentage points would be 50 percentage points, but I'm not sure.
I thank you for your reply. Answered by Penny Nom. 





5 crayons 
20110917 

From John: How many four color combinations are possible with 5 crayons Answered by Penny Nom. 





58 choose 4 
20110826 

From Jean: Using only the numbers 159, how many times would the
number 23 appear in combinations of 5 numbers?
... Can a list be provided as well?
Thank you very much,
Jean Answered by Penny Nom. 





25 billion dollars 
20110826 

From Bill: If you have $25billion dollars, what would the value of this amount become if you inflated it at 4% per year for 55 years?=C2=A0 My TVM calculator will not go this high. Answered by Penny Nom. 





5 digit numbers using the digits 5 and 2 
20110427 

From sissy: I need a list of all possible 5 digit combinations using 5 and 2 numbers can repeat Answered by Penny Nom. 





Converting base 3 to 5 
20110228 

From Harry: Hey Math Central, I came across your website and im in need of help on my maths c assignment. I have to convert base 3 to 5 without converting back to ten. I heard that you can use patterns in 3 and 5 to make an equation but im not sure how to and i also heard you can use logarithms but i dont know how to use those so im kinda stumped. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A golf holiday 
20110104 

From Andy: You kindly responded to a question I previously sent with regard to a Golf Holiday and I wonder if I might ask another question please. There are now 7 players playing 5 rounds of golf and I wonder if it is possible to devise a schedule where everyone plays with each other a minimum of two times i.e. they will play twice with some and three times with others. As always, many thanks for your kind assistance. Answered by Victoria West. 





The new diameter is 50 per cent larger than the original. 
20100904 

From mahwish: . A circular logo is enlarged to fit the lid of a jar. The new diameter is 50 per cent larger than the original. By what percentage has the area of the logo increased? Answered by Tyler Wood. 





Divisibility by 3 
20100523 

From Cathleen: To math central. I have to do a maths extension question that I don't understand. At first I thought I did.
It is about the dividing by three. In one part of the question, it asks me to show that the rule of division by three does not work for 23142 with a little 5 down the bottom.
What doe base 5 mean? We first thought that the little 5 down the bottom meant multiplying y the power of five.
Can you please tell me what it means so I can finish this question? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A set of 5 numbers 
20100110 

From Marco: I need to generate in an Excel or other table all possible combinations for a set of 5 numbers with the following criteria:
1. Numbers can repeat.
2. Order does not matter.
3. Numbers may be from 09
4. The sum of all numbers is equal or less than 31.
5. The sum of all numbers is equal or greater than 10.
6. One of the numbers is 2.
7. One of the numbers is 5.
8. One of the numbers is 7.
Marco Answered by Penny Nom. 





15 golfers 3 rounds fivesomes 
20091223 

From Dewey: I have 15 golfers playing 3 rounds of golf. We will be playing in fivesomes. Any formula that has everyone playing with a different person each round?
Thank you.
Dewey Answered by Robert Dawson. 





6 numbers from 53 numbers 
20091117 

From MIGUEL: IM A STUDENT IN HIGH SCHOOL AND IM HELPING THE SOCCER COACH WITH PLAYS
SO I NEED ALL THE POSSIBLE NUMBER COMBINATIONS OF NUMBERS 1 53 IN SETS OF SIX
THE NUMBER CAN ONLY BE USED ONCE IN EACH SET. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 15 acre lot 
20090926 

From Ronald: The front and back are equal and the two sides are equal what would
what would be the dimensions of a 15 acre lot? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Sandra's age 
20090924 

From cindy: Sandra is more than 20 years old and less than 60 years old. You can count by 7's to reach Sandra's age. Next year you will be able to count by 5's to reach Sandra's age. How old is Sandra? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 5 foot strip around a building 
20090820 

From Robert: I am having a problem at work that I am hoping someone can help me figure out. I have a pest control company and we are pretreating the soil for a new hospital being built. The company that we are working has asked to also treat a 5 foot strip around the entire building and for us to get paid we need to figure out what the square footage of this 5 foot strip around the building that we are treating. The structure being built is a hospital and as you can imagine the building has all kinds of nooks and offsets and even some of the wall are cruved more like a circle. I already know the square footage of the building itself because they gave us this information. The square footage of the building is 120,000 SqFt. I would greatly appreciate if someone can help me figure out the square footage of a 5 foot strip around a 120,000 SqFt building who's walls have a lot of insets and odd shapes. I don't if someone can figure out the square footage of the 5 foot strip with the information I gave. I would greatly appreciate any help that you can give me. I need this information for work because we charge for pretreatment of soil by the square footage of the area to be treated and I need this information so that I don't over charge the company we are working for or so I don't cheat myself either. Any and all help we be greatly appreciated because I don't know who else that can help me. Answered by Victoria West. 





Golf for 15 
20090818 

From Judy: We have a group of 15 golfers that play a scramble with groups of 3. The problem is we play for 14 weeks. We want every
player to play at least once with everyone and no more that 3 times. I am working on this and have just about accomplished
the schedule, but with a few playing more than 3 times. I'm sure there must be some mathematical calculation to do this but I
have yet to figure it out. Answered by Victoria West. 





A football schedule 
20090814 

From Bill: I am having trouble with a football schedule that has two divisions of five teams each, 15 and 610. 15 will play against each other in the first 4 weeks and also the the last 4 weeks with teams 610 completing the middle of the schedule. The schedule is 13 weeks. Thank you for your time Answered by Chris Fisher and Victoria West. 





Subtraction base 5 
20090809 

From Nikki: can you help me how to do subtraction in base 5 notation. example is 3434  51?
how do you do this in base 5?
can you please explain how you do this & the answer as i have no idea.
Thank you kindly
Nikki Answered by Harley Weston. 





Two questions from math class 
20090618 

From Con: Hello,
My name is Con and my son is required to answer the following questions for his maths class.
He has attempted Q1 through trial and error and has found the answer to 72453. Is this correct?
He has attempted to draw the triangles described in Q2 in a number of ways and has found that BE can not equal ED and is dependent of angle BAC. Therefore, he claims that the triangle can not be drawn/practical. Is this correct or is there a slolution?
Q1.
Digits 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 are each used once to compose a 5digit number abcde such that 4 divides a 3digit number abc, 5 divides a 3digit number bcd and 3 divides a 3digit number cde. Find the 5digit number abcde.
Q2.
Let ABC be a triangle with AB=AC. D is a point on AC such that BC=BD. E is a point on AB such that BE = ED = AD. Find the size of the angle EAD.
Con Answered by Chris Fisher. 





What is the original number? 
20090416 

From Yueh: A five digit number is written on a blackboard. Ron erases one of the digits and adds a newly constructed number to the original one. The result is 41751. What is the original number? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





A 5 digit push combination lock 
20090404 

From Andrew: I have a 5 digit push combo lock that i forgot the combo for. it has numbers 14 and each number can be pressed more then once ie. 11111, 36356
is there an algorithm out there that will list out the possible combinations for me? or maybe a way i could write them out myself. Answered by Penny Nom. 





0123456789 
20090325 

From Dr.: Many years ago I discovered that there are 33 numbers which,
when multiplied by 0123456789, simply rearrange the digits. Surprisingly
(to me at least) is the fact that the digits of all of those 33 numbers add up
to one of the 6 "cardinal" numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8. For example
6 + 2 = 8 and 62 X 0123456789 = 7654320918 etc.
Another interesting (to me) fact is that only the cardinal numbers
1, 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8 rearrange the digits in the number 9876543210.
My question is: "Is this known to anyone but me and the people I have
told?" Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The area of a 5sided lot 
20090302 

From Linda: I have a problem I'm hoping you can provide some help with. When I check the property information for our home on our District of North Vancouver website, it shows that our property is supposed to be 1146.99 Square Metres. Yet another property which has identical measurements is listed as having 1173.7 Square Metres. I would like to figure out who is correct. Answered by Harley Weston. 





5 "digit" combinations 
20090122 

From Timothy: I was wondering how many different 5 digit combinations are possible using 09 and az and you can use the same letter or number repeatedly in the combination. Answered by Penny Nom. 





5 yards of concrete 
20090108 

From jon: To mix 5 yards of concrete, how many loads will I need to mix in a 4.5 cubic
feet mixer? Thanks, jon Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Combinations of Golf Groups 
20081205 

From Duane: We have a golf outing coming up with 25 golfers playing 5 rounds in 5somes. Is there a formula to figure out where everyone can play with different people each round? Thanks, Duane Answered by Victoria West. 





Cutting a pipe on a 45 degree angle 
20080912 

From Bakshani: how do you a mark a pipe 5 inch diameter and cut it to form a 45 degree angel Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Choosing 5 numbers out of 39 numbers 
20080718 

From robert: Please list the way I can choose 5 numbers out of 39 numbers, without repeating them, starting at number 1.
Please send me a list of all 120 combination. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Zip codes, postal codes and 5 digit codes 
20080708 

From Mike: Sorry if you have answered this before but I don't understand the explanations I have seen.
How many possible combinations are in a 5 digit code (like a Zip Code). Is there an equation that can be used for this type of question? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a 5point star 
20080627 

From rebecca: Hello,
For a maths extension program i've been given the challenge of finding the area of a 5point star with each of the 10 outside edges being a length of 1.23cm
How might I go about finding the area for such a shape given only this piece of information?
Sincerely, Rebecca Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





The sum of some 5 digit numbers 
20080405 

From Tom: There are 120 fivedigit numbers that use all the digits 1 through 5 exactly once. What is the sum of these 120 numbers? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Base 5 arithmetic 
20080306 

From Jana: Hello, my name is Jana, i have asked a question here previously about how to count in base5. I am happy now because i can convert any number now and it is very easy for me. The only thing i am having trouble with is understanding how to do a maths sum or times base5 numbers. it is just a bit hard for me. So do you think you could explain how to do a sum in base5 and how to do a multiplication sum. Please help...Thankyou Jana!! Answered by Harley Weston. 





Counting in base 5 
20080224 

From Jana: my name is Jana, i really need help with a maths question at school. Im confused about how to count up from120 in a base5 format! I'm in year 5 and i really don't get all the complicated stuff. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Five digit combinations 
20080215 

From Debbie: I would like to get a list of all the possible 5 digit combinations of the numbers 12345. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Base 10 to base 5 
20071009 

From Angela: I've been searching online for the past week and I cannot find an Algorithm to convert from base 10 to base 5. Can anyone give me a stepbystep instruction on how to do this? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Base 5 
20061211 

From Shelley: how do you convert decimal numbers to a given base for example 2,875 to base five? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A triangle of 50p pieces 
20060222 

From Stuart:
Ok, so i am collecting 50p pieces and arranging them on my desk in the shape of a triangle.
eg
50p
50p 50p
50p 50p 50p
50p 50p 50p 50p
I want to work out how much money I'm saving just by knowing how many rows of coins there are. If i can work out how many coins there are just by knowing how many rows I have I can just divide by 2 to find out the amount in dollars.
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Four 25sided dice 
20051124 

From dan: Simply put, I am curious to find the likelyhood of each possibility (4100) if I were to roll 4 25sided die. It seems to start off simply, as 1, 4, 10, 20...following the inside diagonal of Pascal's triangle. But as soon as i reach the point where the sum is greater than the number of sides, Pascal's no longer seems to work. I would be greatly appreciated if I could be informed of the proper formula to find this answer, or perhaps if my theory of doing it is wrong. Answered by Andrei Volodin and Shaun Fallat. 





The value of n*tan*(180/n) tends to pi 
20050711 

From Daniel: I am 14 and i have been given a piece of maths coursework whereby a farmer has to fence off a piece of land as large as possible using 1000m of fence. I already know that the formula for working out the area of any shape of a 1000m perimeter = 500^{2}/ n*tan*(180/n), however, after some research I have found out that as the number of sides (n), tends to infinity, the n*tan*(180/n) tends to pi. Why is this? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Divisibility by 15 
20041219 

From Lisa: My son was asked to find divisiblity rules for 15. We have been unable to find the answer. Does it exist? Answered by Leeanne Boehm and Denis Hanson. 





Choosing 5 numbers from 1,...,36 
20040630 

From A lottery player?: how many combinations are there for the numbers 1thru 36 when only using each number once in groups of five Answered by Penny Nom. 





A fifteen sided polygon 
20040305 

From Joann: WHAT IS THE NAME OF A FIFTEEN SIDED SHAPE? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cosine of 35 degrees 
20040303 

From Jason: How do you find the exact solution to cosine 35 degrees. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Arithmetic in bases other than 10 
20031022 

From Kim: how do you add, subtract, multiply and devide in base 3, base 5, etc? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Converting from base 10 to base 5 
20030910 

From Susy:
My son, who is 9 in grade 5 has been asked to convert base 10 numerals into base 5. His first question of: 24(10) he has calculated to be 4x5 + 4x1 = 44 (5) The next question however is the tricky one.Ý We know the answer is supposed to be 100 but we find it difficult to get this in the way he understands it. 25 (10) = _________________ 100 (5) Can you help us figure out how we reach the answer. Answered by Claude Tardif and Penny Nom. 





Polynomials degree 4 and bigger 
20030626 

From Stephen:
How do I show kids how to find all the zeros for polynomials degree 4 and bigger.
For examples: r(x) = x^{5}11x^{3}7x^{2}+77 = (x^{2}11)(x^{3}7) and s(x) = x^{4}121 = (x^{2}11)(x^{2}+11) Also am I correct when I say that the following are irreducible? f(x) = x^{2}11 g(x) = x^{3}7 h(x) = x^{4}5 Answered by Harley Weston. 





5 to the power n 
20030528 

From Sam: What is the integer n for which
5 to the n power + 5 to the n power + 5 to the n power + 5 to the n power + 5 to the n power = 5 to the 25th power? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Numbers in base 5 
20030216 

From Lori: I'm trying to help my 6th grader with converting numbers like 82 to base 5 and 182 to base 12. We saw your examples on 613, but still are confused. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Some 5th grade problems 
20030124 

From Sabrina:
[What is the greatest common factor of 20,28, and 36?] next problem is [5k+7(k+8)= ] next problem [Curtis simplified 0.8 divided by 0.2 x 0.04 and got 10. Latoya Simplified and got 1.6. is either correct? Can you explaine how you got the answer please.] Answered by Penny Nom. 





Base 5 numbers 
20020913 

From Vera: ? how do you change a base 10 number to base 5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Some 5 card hands 
20020328 

From A student: From a standard deck of cards how many 5 card hands are possible consisting of a. exactly 4 hearts
b. two cards of one kind and three of another(like a full house). Answered by Penny Nom. 





A degree 5 polynomial 
20020217 

From Carla: Write an equation for a polynomial of degree 5 given the following zeros: 7+3i, 2+sqrt(13), 6 Answered by Penny Nom. 





50% 
20020115 

From Lakarrieh: 4 is 50% of what number? Answered by Penny Nom. 





450 students 
20011219 

From Jessie: My teacher told me that the number of ways of lining up the 450 students in our school is larger than the number of atoms in the universe. Is this right? This question came to Good Question, a regular feature on the CBC Morning Edition radio show in Saskatchewan. Answered by Denis Hanson and Harley Weston. 





A 3 dimensional 5 pointed star 
20011108 

From Kent: I am looking for a formula that will give me a layout for a 3 dimensional 5 pointed star. I want to form it out of sheet metal, using 5 polygons and soldering them at the apex. Can you please help me with this? I would like to be able to give the formula the height of the star from the bottom two points to the top point and also how deep the star is. Thank you very much! Answered by Judi McDonald. 





1:5 
20010927 

From Sandy: A colleague and I have a disagreement about dilutions. I seem to remember that I was taught (although it was a long time ago) that a RATIO was written thusly: 1:5 , and read " one part to five parts", for a total of 6 parts. On the other hand, a fraction is written: 1/5 and is read" one part in five" for a total of 5 parts. My colleague says that the ratio reads "one part in five" and is essentially the same as a fraction. Which is right? Have I been doing dilutions wrong all this time? I teach Animal Nursing and need to know where I can find a consise answer to such questions for making up medicated fluids, etc. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Five 
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From Billie: If One is single, two is twin, three is triple, four is quadruple, five is ????? what is five and where would I find the rest of the numbers,six, seven, eight, nine, etc. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Five fourths 
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From Linda: Can you have 5/4 of something? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Arithmetic in base 5 
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From Lesley Emerson: my daughter is 9 and has been aske to solve the following in base 5 3+2 4+10 . . . Answered by Penny Nom. 





1234567890 
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From Bradley Kloetzly: Can you find two whole numbers, with the smallest possible difference between them, which when multipled together equal: 1234567890? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Five Factors 
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From Derek Yau: To whom it may concern, I have difficulty in getting the solution to the following question: Find 5 numbers that have exactly 5 factors. I got 16, 81 but couldn't find the rest. I believe that in order to have 5 factors, it has to be a square number. Isn't it true? I guess there may be a pattern to this. Thanks for your help. Derek Yau. Answered by Penny Nom. 

