







Two boys on the same route 
20161206 

From Abbey: Starting from the same spot, one boy completed a route in 9 minutes and another boy completed it in 15 minutes. When will both boys be at the same starting point at the same time again? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An airplane schedule 
20161014 

From Stephanie: Starting at 8:00a.m., a passenger plane leaves from an airport every 6 minutes and a cargo plane leaves every 7 minutes. When is the next time these kinds of planes will leave at the same time? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ordering fractions 
20110817 

From Myon: My problem is putting fractions from least to greatest and they are 1/4 2/5 1/3 4/6 1/2 8/9 3/4 1/1 2/6 1/10 thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





x/200+x/400+x/600+x/800 
20101008 

From Ashishthombre: step by step LCM of x/200+x/400+x/600+x/800 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three cars 
20100830 

From Anil: 3 cars are moving at speed of 4 kmph,5.5 kmph and 8 kmph in a circular track.The circular track has
a distance of 11 km. What is the time taken for all the 3 cars to meet at the starting point ? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Least common denominator 
20100213 

From Priscila: 3/8 + 4/5 + 7/3 + 9/10 = ?
Thank you for your assistance.
Priscila Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two bus routes 
20100203 

From kiyah: from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm the route 1 bus stops every 12 min at the gym's bus stop. the route 2 bus stops there every 15 min. if both buses are now at the stop and schedule is kept, how long will it be before both buses will be at the stop again? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ordering fractions 
20090915 

From stacy: I need help with listing fractions from the least to greatest. last problem of math is 5/6,7/9,23/27,13/18? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Order from least to greatest 
20090915 

From myra: which list of number is ordered from least to greatest? A.) 0.035,0.35,2/5,2.5 B) 2.5,2/5,0.35,0.035 c)2/5,0.35,2.5,0.035 D) 0.035,2.5,0.35,2/5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Jogging and swimming 
20090911 

From Brandon: Trevor swims jogs 3 days and swims every 4 days. How often does he jog and swim on the same day Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





13 year and 17 year locusts 
20071012 

From stefan: how many years pass between the years when both 13 year and 17 year locusts are out at the same time? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Least Common Multiples 
20070920 

From Aiyanna: What is The Lcm Of 3,7,and 8 Because my Teacher gave me That and he didnt even know the answer....
I Worked and worked but I Couldnt Find It..... Answered by Penny Nom and Victoria West. 





The lcm of polynomials 
20070531 

From devin: x^38 , x^34, x^2+4x+4 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The dimensions of a rectangle with least perimeter for given area 
20070314 

From Karlianna: find dimensions of a rectangle with least perimeter for given area
A) 30cm2
b) 50cm2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Least common multiple 
20061108 

From Melenie: I have a daughter in 5th grade she can't seem to grasp the concept of finding LCM's does anyone have a quick easy way for her to learn????? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Least common denominator 
20061004 

From Paulette: Why is the LCD of 3/4 and 4/8 not the product of 4 and 8? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Least common multiple 
20060925 

From A student: What is the LCM of 10,45 and 38? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How many people are in the race? 
20060407 

From Marty: You're in a race with 1/5 of the racers ahead of you and 5/6 of them behind you. How many people are in the race? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The Least Common Multiple of two primes 
20060221 

From Kristine: Is the Least Common Multiple to two prime numbers always their product? Why or Why not? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





GCF, LCM, primes and the ladder method 
20060107 

From Linda: How would I teach both finding the GCF and LCM with prime factors...I recall the ladder method vaguely.??? Answered by Penny Nom. 





LCM 
20051212 

From Alex: what is the LCM of 210 and 54 and the LCM of 42 and 126 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Adding improper fractions 
20051125 

From Paula: I would like a simple step by step explanation on how to add improper fractions. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Least common multiple 
20051022 

From Dayna: I'm stumped! I can't seem to come up with a least common multiple of 22 and 25. Is there one? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The lcm of 5, 3, 4, 7 and 2 
20041105 

From Christine: what is the lcm of 5,3,4,7,2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The least common denominator 
20041103 

From A student: Write the LCD for each pair of fractions.
13. 1/3,1/5
14. 2/7,1/4
15. 3/4,3/5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The lcm of 1 and 1 
20041103 

From Nayiyan: I would like to know what is the LCM of (1) and (+1) is. Answered by Penny Nom. 





GCD and LCM 
20041031 

From Cartalina: how do you calculate the "positive difference between the GCF and LCM of two numbers"? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The Number of the Beast 
20040613 

From A Heinlein reader: Most people who have an interest in mathmatics are familiar with Robert Heinlein's novel "The Number of the Beast", where 666, or ((6 to the 6th power) to the 6th power) equals 1.0315 times 10 to the 28th power, which in the novel is the number of parallel universes in the cosmos. My question is what would the number of parallel universes be if you grouped 666 the other way: (6 to the power of (6 to 6th power)). I have tried this on my calculator, but it won"t register that high. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The Parliament of the land of Achronia 
20040529 

From Christine: The Parliament of the land of Achronia consists of two houses. The parliament was elected in 2003 for a period of six years beginning on Thursday, the 1st of January 2004, when the two houses had their first sessions. According to the rules, the meetings of the first house must occur every twelve days for the duration of the term, and the meetings of the second house must occur every eighteen days. For example, the second meetings of the first and the second houses were held on the 13th and 19th of January respectively. A new law can be passed on any day when both houses meet, except on a Thursday. On how many days can the parliament members pass new laws during this six year term? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A least squares line 
20031109 

From Michelle: Hooke's Law asserts that the magnitude of the force required to hold a spring is a linear function of the extension e of the spring. That is, f = e0 + ke where k and e0 are constants depending only on the spring. The following data was collected for a spring; e: 9 , 11 , 12 , 16 , 19 f : 33 , 38 , 43 , 54 , 61 FIND the least square line f= B0 + B1x approximating this data and use it to approximate k. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Multiples of all four of the numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5 
20030211 

From Stephanie: How many of the first 1000 positive integers are multiples of all four of the numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The least common denominator 
20030121 

From Brittan: Hi there I need help! My name is Brittany and i am in the 6th grade. I need help finding the least common denominator(LCD), and the book says Find the LCM of the denominators and i've done that and then it says write equivalent fractions,using the LCM as the least commonn denominator.The directions say Use the LCD to write each pair as like fractions. and the problem is 1/8 and 5/40. Could u explain how in the word u do this? Thanks a lot Brittany Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why is 5 divided by 1/7 greater than 5 divided by 2/3? 
20021119 

From Elizabeth:
 Without performing the division, explain why 5 divided by 1/7 is a number greater than 5 divided by 2/3.
 Is the least common multiple of two prime numbers always their product? Why or why not?
Answered by Diane Hanson and Penny Nom. 





Compass points 
20021105 

From Mhairi: I was asked this in maths but I am not sure if it is geography. Name all the compass points? We have been given 8 but he told us there is more and we have to name them. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Linear regression 
20020116 

From Murray: If you have a set of coordinates (x[1],y[1]),(x[2],y[2]),...,(x[n],y[n]),find the value of m and b for which SIGMA[from 1 to m=n]AbsoluteValue(y[m]m*x[m]b) is at its absolute minimum. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Manufactures golf balls 
20011106 

From Kevin: A company manufactures golf balls. Golf balls are each numbered consecutively 0 to 4, and then the numbering starts over with zero again. Every 12th golf ball is yellow. Every 8th golf ball is tested for defects. The company produces 120,000 golf balls in an eighthour shift. A. How many yellow golf balls are tested for defects during the day? Explain your reasoning. B. How many of these yellow balls that are tested are imprinted with the numeral 2? Explain your reasoning. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Locusts 
20011008 

From A parent: JOHN CONJECTURED THAT BOTH 13YR.&17YR. LOCUSTS CAME OUT THE SAME YEAR. ASSUME IT IS CORRECT. HOW MANY YEARS PASS BETWEEN THE YRS. WHEN BOTH 13 YR. & 17YR. LOCUSTS ARE OUT AT THE SAME TIME? EXPLAIN. NEXT, SUPPOSE THERE WERE 12YR.,14 YR.,& 16YR. LO CUSTS,& THEY ALL COME OUT THIS YR. HOW MANY YRS. WILL IT BE BEFORE THEY ALL COME OUT TOGETHER AGAIN? Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





GCD and LCM 
20010924 

From David: Find the GCD adn LCM of the following numbers. Assume p 2 to the power p, 3 to power q, 5 to power r and 2 to power q, 3 to power r, 7 to power p Answered by Penny Nom. 





A four digit number 
20010217 

From Dean: Need to find a 4 digit number that can be divided by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and will always have a remainder of 1 in the answer. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two number theory questions 
20010130 

From Richie: i have two questions and they are:  the product of three consecutive prime numbers is 7429. Find the product of the smallest and largest of these three integers.
 the least common multiple of two relatively prime positive integers, a and b, is 144. if a (a>or=2) is as small as possible, compute the value of b.
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Factoring, primes, GCF and LCM 
20000227 

From Ruth Kroek: My son is in grade seven, he has to do a Factoring Booklet the areas covered are:  Prime #'s
 Composite #'s
 Rainbow Factoring
 Finding Multiples (consecutive multiples)
 Finding GCF of 23 numbers uning Rainbow factoring
 Finding LCM of 2 numbers using consecutive multiples
 prime factor trees
 prime factor ladders
 finding GCF of 2 numbers using Prime number Method
Although his text 'Math Power' gives some information, we are at a loss .. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Least Common Multiple 
20000216 

From Kathy Heath: The way I understand it is for 2,3,9 the least common multiple is 18. Am I right? If so, I guess the least common multiple for 3,4,7 is 105. Please let me know if I'm right so I can tell my daughter. Answered by Denis Hanson. 





Climbing stairs 
19991222 

From Harman Chaudhry: Paul, Michelle and Michael all climb up 54 steps. Paul climbs the steps one at a time i.e. 1, 2, 3, etc. Michelle Climbs the stairs 2 at a time i.e. 2, 4, 6, etc. Michael climbs the stairs 3 at a time i.e. 3, 6, 9, etc. How many steps are used by exactly two people? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Jose and Arthur 
19990926 

From Joel Hammer: Jose can run around the track in 40 seconds. Arthur runs with Jose but in the opposite direction. They meet every 15 second. How long will it take Arthur to make one trip around the track? Answered by Denis Hanson. 





Where three sequences meet. 
19990306 

From Ali: My name is Ali and I am in the 5th grade. I have a math question: What is the least positive integer meeting each of the following conditions:  Dividing by 7 gives a remainder of 4
 Dividing by 8 gives a remainder of 5
 Dividing by 9 gives a remainder of 6
Help! Answered by Denis Hanson. 





The Board Problem 
19990215 

From Avery: Mr. Avery has 3foot boards and 4foot boards. If he puts the 3foot boards in a line, they have the same length as the 4foot boards put in a line. Altogether he has between 16 and 25 boards. How many 3foot boards does he have? Answered by Jack LeSage and Penny Nom. 





Greatest Common Factor. 
19980109 

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





Two Questions 
19970828 

From Faye Tan: I am a trainee teacher. I would appreciate it very much if you could help me solve the following two problems which I think are meant for students at middle grade. 1. If a hen and a half lays an egg and a half in a day and a half, how many hens are needed to lay a dozen eggs in one day? 2. There are fewer than 200 passengers on a train. If they get off in pairs, one passenger will be without a partner. If they get off in groups of 3 or 4, there will still be one passenger left by himself. However, if they get off in groups of 5, no one will be left by themselves. How many passengers are there on the train? Answered by Penny Nom. 





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. 

