







Mathematical ideas in everyday life 
20171108 

From Ricita: Mathematical ideas to solve various problems of our everyday life ,environment
related problems. Answered by Penny Nom. 





20 golfers for 6 days 
20150911 

From Dave: have 20 golfers for 6 days. Each player should pair with 18 golfers
used a system on your website which is good for 5 days, but cannot get the 6th day.
Thanks for your help Dave Answered by Victoria West. 





On what day of the week did 1994 begin? 
20150405 

From tayyaba: there were 365 days in the year 1993
the first day of the year was friday.
on what day of the week did 1994 begin? Answered by Penny Nom. 





13 golfers in groupings of 4, 3, 3 and 3 
20140326 

From Lennart: How can I organise 13 players playing in groupings of 4,3,3,3 for 3 rounds of golf in a way that all play with all others but a minimum of times with the same players(?)If possible, nobody should play in the 4 ball more than once. I would be grateful for an answer/proposal! Thank you, LR Answered by Victoria West. 





On what day of the week was July 4, 1904? 
20140111 

From Madi: Hi guys,
I have a question. July 4, 1903, was a Tuesday. On what day of the
week was July 4, 1904? If you could give me an equation that would
work for any question like this, that would be GREAT!
Your fellow math scholar (in training),
Madi Answered by Penny Nom. 





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. 





8 golfers playing 8 games 
20130703 

From Johan: We have 8 golfers playing 8 games, and we want to schedule them so that they play together equal amount of times, or as close as you can get to that.
They will be playing in two four balls each day.
Anyone sorted this one out yet, I will really appreciate a solution?
Thanks
Johan Answered by Victoria West. 





The 10000th day of her life 
20120221 

From derrick: Ella was born early in the morning on a Friday.She got married on the 10000th day of her life. What day of the week was it? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Today is Emma's Birthday. 
20120125 

From Mike: Today is Emma's Birthday.
Emma's mother is four times as old as Emma is today.
In four years, Emma's mother will be three times as old as Emma.
How old is Emma today? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mathematics and a musical dilemma 
20110119 

From rahul: how is mathematics applied in entertainment? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The percentday method 
20101204 

From Kenneth: I read about this method in an old business mathematics book and was curious about how it works to produce the correct answer.
“Percentday method is based on 360 days’ time and 1% interest. Any interest rate multiplied by any number of days is equal to so many %days.”
Example: 82 days at 5% equals 410%days. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Math in everyday life 
20090803 

From Naveen: Dear sir,
We are advised to do a project on "Mathematical modeling to solve various problems
of our everyday life/environmental related problems...... Can u plz help us by mailng some
ideas, suggestion,reference to make my project successful.... Thanking you......
Waiting for your favourable reply...... Answered by Penny Nom. 





Probability and birthdays 
20090122 

From La: Neglecting the effect of leap years, what is the chance that, of 6 people selected at random, 2 will have the same birthday? Answered by Penny Nom. 





26 paychecks 
20090121 

From Kenneth: Hello:
If someone is paid every two weeks, he receives 26 paychecks per year, (52 weeks/year)divided by (2 weeks/1 check) equals 26 paychecks per year.
However, if the calculation uses days instead of weeks, the answer is not exactly 26 paychecks. For example, 365 days divided by 14 days per paycheck
equals 26 1/14 paychecks. Fourteen days is equivalent to two weeks, isn't it?
Why is there this fractional amount of 1/14 of a paycheck? Answered by Robert Dawson and Victoria West. 





Decimals and fractions used in our daily lives 
20081204 

From josh: i have a projecct due friday and i need to know, how are decimals and
fractions used in our daily lives. i am having trouble coming up with
ideas. i need seven more that dont involve money or recipes. please
help me. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The number of hours of daylight 
20080603 

From Marilyn: Hi, could you please help me with this question?
In a city (in the Northern Hemisphere) the minimum
number of hours of daylight is 9.6 and the maximum
number is 14.4. If the 80th day of the year (March
21) has 12 hours of daylight, determine a sine
function which gives the number of hours of
daylight for any given day of the year. (Jan 1 = 1,
Jan 2 = 2, etc).
Thank you! Answered by Harley Weston. 





What year were the girls born in? 
20080106 

From Nyra: Christmas 2004 was over and three teenagers were looking forward to their birthdays. Eric's was in February and Lisa's and Tammy's in January. Tammy is 8 weeks older than Eric, but 3 days younger than Lisa. What year were the girls born in? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Ten workers perform one job in five days 
20070821 

From Kenneth: If ten workers perform one job in 5 days, one person performs one job in how many days?
Here is the calculation that I used:
(10 workers X 1 job X 5 days)/(1 person X 1 job X ? days)
The above equals 50/1, and the answer is 50 days because 50/1 = 50. In this calculation I can determine any number of workers or days if the number of jobs remains the same as that in the group of factors from the numerator (10 workers X 1 job X 5 days), that is 1 job. Here is another example to help clarify: (10 workers X 1 job X 5 days)/(? workers X 1 job X 10 days) This equals 50/10. The answer is 5 workers. So, if 10 workers can perform 1 job in 5 days, 5 workers can perform 1 job in 10 days.
Now, if I replace "1 job" from (10 workers X 1 job X 5 days) with a different number, for example, 4 jobs, this amount will prevent the calculation from producing the correct answer.
Here is an example: (10 workers X 1 job X 5 days)/(10 workers X 4 jobs X ? days) Mathematically, the calculation works, but the answer, 1.25 days, is not correct, if I'm not mistaken. If 10 workers can perform 1 job in 5 days, they cannot, by working at the same rate, perform 4 jobs in 1.25 days.
Can you explain, with a simple explanation, why the number representing the jobs in this calculation needs to be the same in the group of factors in both the numerator and in the denominator in order to provide the correct answer? Answered by Harley Weston. 





How do we use fractions in every day life? 
20061019 

From Tori: I am doing fractions in class and we need to write a paper about them. So my question is:"how do we use fractions in every day life?" Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Your birthdays until your one hundredth 
20060909 

From Alan: which of your birthdays until your one hundredth, fall on the same day of the week as the day you were born? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Interest computed on a 360 per year basis 
20060406 

From Sonya: Okay, I am reading this promissory note that says interest is computed on 365/360 basis by applying the ratio of annual interest rate (24%) over a year of 360 days.
I sure do not remember anything like this in school, and am stumped. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The day of the week 
20060319 

From Neil:
A friend of mine has an excellent memory for dates and events that occurred on that date, but his party piece is the ability to tell you the day of the week that fell of any given date. This talent is all the more extraordinary because the answer comes back in less than 2 seconds (often under 1 second). By his own admission he is no mathematician.
Now his memory and knowledge are without question, but I challenged him that because of its diversity this party piece could not be based upon memory, but on mathematics. I believe that with the correct mathematical approach and the use of a common algorithm, anyone with a basic mathematical mind can do this in their head.
Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Zhi Wei was born on christmas day in 1983. 
20060214 

From Clement: Zhi Wei was born on christmas day in 1983. His father shares the same birthday, but he was born in 1951. In which year will Zhi Wei's age be exactly 1/3 of his father's age? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Shapes 
20051112 

From Tonya and Hailey: MY THIRD GRADERS TEACHER HAS SENT HOME HOMEWORK ASKING FOR THEM TO FIND REALWORLD OBJECT IN MANY DIFFERENTS SHAPES A FEW HAVE US STUMPED Answered by Penny Nom. 





2^9833 days from today 
20041226 

From Pauline: Today is Monday, 1 October 2001. What day of the week will be 29833 days from today? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Pythagoras in everyday life 
20041013 

From Tiffany: I was wondering if you have any reallife uses of the pythagorean theorem that you use in your everyday life. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Unusual occurances 
20040108 

From Martin: My wife and I have a question about the probability of something that happened to us a few years ago. So far, no one has been able to give me even an approximate answer. On my 32nd birthday, my wife and I went out to eat at local Japanese hibachi style restaurant. At the restaurant, couples/families are sat together around the hibachi where the cook performs a show. There was a fifteen minute or so wait, so my wife and I sat in the lounge waiting for our name to be called. When they called our names for the reservation, this is what happened. The first group called was the Martin family. Then they called the Francis family. We were the next family to be called, the Ashton family. My full name is Martin Francis Ashton! I think the odds of that happening to someone are very unlikely, but it did, and there is more. Next, we were all sat at the same table in that order, "Martin" family, "Francis" family, then us, the "Ashton" family. Again, it formed my full name! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ratios and proportions 
20031231 

From Frank: I would like to know how you use 'ratios and proportions' in everyday life. Answered by Penny Nom. 





I can Guess your birthday 
20030829 

From Michelle: Hi I am trying to explain to my children how this problem works. It was sent to me on the internet and I can not figure it out. They keep asking me how it works and I can not tell them. The problem is: "I can Guess your birthday:: Answered by Penny Nom. 





Decimals in everyday life 
20021124 

From Fritz: How do you use decimals in your every day life? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Day care 
20020513 

From Sonam: In many familes, both parents work. as a result, there is increasing need for day care. data was collected; and in one year in Canada, approximately 32% of children aged 0 to 11 years were in day care for at least 20h per week. (a) what is the probability, in a random poll of 60 children form the age of 0 to 11, that more than 15 children are in day care at least 20 h per week? nearest tenth of one %
ANSWER: P(children are in daycare at least 20h)= 60/60C14 = to the answer (b) what is the probability, in a random pool of 60 children that fewer than 20 are in day care at least 20 h per week?
ANSWER: P= 20/60= 33.3% stay in day care for 20h per week, I dont know if these answers are right please help me out. Answered by Andrei Volodin. 





Parabolas 
20020203 

From Kuang: Who is credited for working with or studying the Parabola? What is a conic section? What does a parabola look like? How is a parabola formed? Where and how are parabolas used today in the real world? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Integers 
20011202 

From Alison: How do you use integers in your everday life? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Ratios and proportions 
20011126 

From Adam: I am doing a project where I come to this website and ask a math expert about a certain topic. My topic is ratios and proportions. Can you please tell me what your job is and how you use ratio's and proportions in your job. Can you also please explain what ratios and proportions are. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Theme day 
20011014 

From A teacher: I woulld like a math theme for a theme day in a high school, grades 912. Our last theme was fractal fest. Answered by Penny Nom and Claude Tardif. 





Quadratics 
20010516 

From John: I am in the final stages of a math project and I need to interview an expert for the last part. Please try to answer at least a few of these questions.  How do you use quadratic equations in your everyday life?
 Do you find being a math expert very helpful in life?
 Is the quadratic equation useful to you?
 Why did you decide to become a math expert?
 What do you think is the most important function of the quadratic equation?
Answered by Harley Weston. 





The pythagorean theorem in everyday life 
20010106 

From Josh: What are some ways that we use the pythagorean theorem in jobs, or even in everyday life? Answered by Claude tardif. 





Bridges and parabolas 
20001118 

From Lauren: My name is Lauren, and Im a secondary school student in Ontario. For my gr11 advanced math class I have to find out how and why parabolics are used in arch bridges and write 3 paragraphs on it. People who cohse satelites and whatnot are lucky  I've found a ton of info, but for arch bridges there seems to be nothing. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Leap Year 
20000920 

From Jennifer: The earth revolves around the sun in 365.24 days. How does our calendar deals with the extra 0.24 day? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The birthday problem 
19990419 

From Gordon Cooke: How do I explain the rapid rise in the probability that at least two people in a group of n have the same birthday. We have derived the formula for p(n) and have graphed it and have seen how the results are counterintuitive. At around n=23 p(n)=.5 and at n=50 p(n) is very close to 1. It does not help to simplify the problem (eg use months instead of days) because then our intuition does correspond more closely to reality. Is there some way we can see how the probabiltiy of a "collision" increases with n? It makes me think of data storage problems and hash tables in computer science. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The Birthday Problem 
19980612 

From Josh Skolnick: if you are at a party what is the least amount of people that have to be there to have at least a 50% chance of having 2 people with the same birthday? and how do you get the answer thank you in advance josh Answered by Harley Weston. 





The day of the week, July 24, 1837 
19980321 

From Colleen K.: What day of the week (Mon. Tues. Wed. etc...) was July 24th, 1837? Answered by Chris Fisher. 

