







The area, radius and slant height of a cone 
20180518 

From joette: If you have a cone how to find the slant height when given the area and radius? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a cylinder 
20180427 

From Jared: What is the formula for the weight of a cylinder (not hollow) made of cast iron if it has a height of 5.25 inches and a diameter of 1.75 inches? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A cone formed from a circular sector 
20180418 

From Jessica: A circle has a radius of 7.5cm. A sector with an angle of 240 degrees is cut out from the sector. If the sector is folded to form a cone. Find the length of the cone. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A penny is thrown from the top of a building 
20180316 

From Zoraida: A penny is thrown from the top of a 26.7meter building and hits the ground 3.39 seconds after it was thrown. The penny reached its maximum height above the ground 0.89 seconds after it was thrown.
a. Define a quadratic function, h, that expresses the height of the penny above the ground (measured in meters) as a function of the number of seconds elapsed since the penny was thrown, t.
b. What is the maximum height of the penny above the ground? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a isosceles trapezoid 
20170403 

From Riham: Hi
How can I find the height in an isosceles trapezoid if I have the measurements of all of its sides ?
Thank u in advance. Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much does the fish weigh? 
20170308 

From Jeri: Fish is caught that weighs 5 pounds plus half its weight. How much does the fish weigh? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Tons of sand 
20170301 

From Elizabeth: Hello my arena is 132.23 feet width by 132.23 feet length. I need to put 4 inches of sand. How many tons of sand do I need ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weights of two boxes 
20161125 

From dearbhla: One box weighs 3 3/7kg. Another box weighs 1 5/6 as much. How heavy is the second box? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The lateral side length of a cone 
20160605 

From Diane: Question is find the lateral side length of a right cone with area of 372 sq. cm and base circle radius of 9 cm. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Heights at various points along an arc 
20160415 

From Isiah: So I am working on a problem with a few friends; you have an arc with the center of its chord at 0,0. We also have a known sagitta and a known radius of curvature.
How do we calculate the height extending in both the positive and negative directions?
Central sag: 2.48
Chord length: 9.6 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem 
20160310 

From Sam: Jo is 10 cm taller than Ruth. Pam is 16cm taller than Ruth .Rod is 8cm taller than Pam.
How much taller than Jo is Rod? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of some dirt 
20160224 

From Michael: How many tons of dirt are in a triangle 14M x10M x 8.1M x .8M deep? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20160203 

From Brooklyn: How do I figure out the height of a triangle when it only tells me the base of he triangle? And vice versa. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a parabolic arc 
20151230 

From Tom: Is there an algebraic means to determine the highest point of a parabolic arc if the base and perimeter are known? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a truncated cone 
20151204 

From Jack: I need to build a truncated cone that has a top of30 inches and a base of 64 inches . The sides need to be at a 64.5 degree angle. This will determine the height. Can this be calculated? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for eight teams and four stations 
20150904 

From Joel: We are having a youth activity where we have eight teams and four stations. At each station there will be two teams competing against each other. We need each team to go through all four stations, but without ever competing against the same team, and, of course, without ever doing the same station twice.
If this possible? Thank you! Answered by Victoria West. 





The weight of a steel block 
20150404 

From Mark: the weight of a steel cube 37 inches X 28 inches X 7 inches Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of two dogs 
20150317 

From Renee: Darlene's dog weighed 5 times as much as Leah's dog. Together, the dogs
weighed 84 pounds. How much did each dog weigh?
Write an equation and solve Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of an equilateral triangle 
20150312 

From anna: I am anna and i am in 7th grade.
i am trying to find the height of and equilateral triangle, all sides equaling 4 inches Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a building 
20150218 

From prateek: the height of a flagpole on top of a building is 6m.
the angle of elevation of the top and bottom of the flagpole are 45 and 30 respectively.
find the height of the building Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of an obelisk 
20150127 

From Fabian: Two observers on level ground position themselves 50 meters apart so that an obelisk is due north of position A and due west of position B. The angle of elevation to the top of the obelisk at position A and B is measured to be 29.9 degrees and 37.5 degrees respectively. Use this information to estimate the height of the obelisk. Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much did each dog weigh? 
20140916 

From Fred: LJ owned two dogs that weighed a total of 140 pounds. If one dog weighed 10 pounds more than the other, how much did each dog weigh Answered by Penny Nom. 





An antenna is atop a building 
20140705 

From Andrew: If an antenna is atop a building 70 feet tall and the antenna has a beamwidth of 30 degrees how far from the building does the beam first touch the ground? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How can eight eights be 1000? 
20140620 

From Aamir: The digit 8 if we add it 8 time in it the answer should be equal to 1000.it may possible.i.e.,
8+8+8+8+8+8+8+8=1000 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a building 
20140517 

From Jim: If I'm 150 ft. from the base of a building and the top of the building is approx. at a 75 degree angle, how do you calculate the height? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of salt in a basket 
20140517 

From Sumit: I want to determine how many kg of salt or XYZ thing can be filled in a basket
Length = 4.5"
Breadth = 5"
Height = 6"
Even its formulae
is kg quantity can be different for semi solid thing Answered by Penny Nom. 





Maximize the volume of a cone 
20131009 

From Conlan: Hi I am dong calculus at school and I'm stumped by this question:
A cone has a slant length of 30cm. Calculate the height, h, of the cone
if the volume is to be a maximum.
If anyone can help me it would be greatly appreciated.
thanks. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Using trig to find the height of a hill 
20130814 

From Anna: From the top of a hill, the angles of depression of two successive milestones on a level road, which leads straight away from the hill, are 5degrees and 15degrees respectively. Fine the height of the hill.
Suggestion: BE is drawn perpendicular to AD. Find BE, then BD, finally CD.
Thanks :) Answered by Penny Nom. 





An isosceles tiangle 
20130616 

From Izzy: what's the height of an isosceles triangle which has a base of 50 m, and both of the other sides are 25 m? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Find the height of the tower 
20130428 

From nombulelo: the shadow of a tower,when the angle of elevation of the sun is 30 degrees is found to be 40 meters longer than when it is 45 degrees. Find the height of the tower Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of an aerial 
20130212 

From ASIT: A vertical aerial stands on a horizontal ground. A surveyor positioned due east of the aerial measures the elevation of the Top as 48 degree. He moves due south 30metre and measure the elevation as 44 degree. determine the height of the aerial Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a sheet metal cone 
20130209 

From Charles: Sheet metal cone.
I need a cone with a finished base of 38.19719 diameter
The cone is to be from a 48 diameter round with the wedge cut out.
The best calculation I have is the arc is 286.479. (correct?)
Could you verify this arc angle but more so what is the cone height? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The weight of a pipe full of water 
20130116 

From joe: how do you figure out the weight of a pipe full of water Answered by Harley Weston. 





The angles of elevation and depression 
20121203 

From Chelsey: a person on a balcony of one building looks towards a second building. if the angle of elevation to the top of the second building is 25 degrees, the angle of depression to the bottom of the second building is 17 degrees, and the balcony of the first building is 22 feet above the ground, what is the height of the second building? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20121017 

From Brian: the base of my triangle is 12 metres and the two sides are 8.45 metres
can you help me find the height of the triangle Answered by Penny Nom. 





The hypotenuse 
20120906 

From Jeevan: how can i find the height and base of a right angle triangle if i have the hypotenuse only ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A container of split peas 
20120906 

From Laurie: I have a container that is 471 square inches (length*width) and is 2.3 inches high. I want to cover the bottom with 1/2 inch of split peas, in order to anchor escort cards (place cards) for a wedding. How many pounds of split peas do I need to cover the area to a height of 1/2 inch? Thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





The length and depth of a chord 
20120816 

From Tim: Can I find the radius of a circle, if I have a chord of 2400mm, and a depth
between the center of the chord and the perimeter of the circle of 150mm ?
Thanks
Tim Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of an isosceles triangle 
20120710 

From ken: I am trying to determine the various heights of an isosceles triangle, if each has the same base dimension and varies in the degree of the base (equal) angles. What is the method to do this?
As an example, of the base is 10, and the two equal angles are each 45 degrees, what is the height? With the same base (10), but with the two equal angles at 60 degrees, what is the height? And with the same base (10) and the two equal angles at 75 degrees, what would be the height?
I know how to calculate the degrees of the third angle (add the degrees of the known angles, and subtract from 180); but am unsure if that is needed for figuring the overall height.
And to be clear; I am not looking for the length of the sides of the triangle, but the height from the base to the top point.
Thank you! Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Eight character words 
20120520 

From KiranReddy: i have a requirement that , i need to generate 8 digit word [mix of 26 small letters and 09 digits , both are repeatable]
Please give me the count of such words we can generate Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a cylindrical container 
20120410 

From Rodney: a cylindrical container has a radius of 6cm. the container is holding 255 cm3 of water. rounded to the nearest quarter inch, what is the minimum height of the container? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of an equilateral triangle 
20120229 

From Carley: Hi my name is Carley. I am an 8th garder. What us the height of an equilateral triangle si the sides are 18 cm? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a steel plate 
20120227 

From david: what is the weight of a steel plate that is 1/2" thick, 20" wide, and 45"long if the steel weigh .28 lb per cubic inch. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Margie threw a ball 
20120216 

From mary: at 9:45 Margie threw a ball upwards while standing on a platform 35ft above the ground. The height after t seconds follows the equation:
h(t)= 0.6t^2 +72t+35
a) what will be the maximum height of the ball?
b)how long will it take the ball reach its maximum height?? Answered by Harley Weston. 





What is the height of the triangle? 
20120112 

From Hailey: The area of a triangle is 77ft2. if the base is 11ft. how tall is the height? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a tower 
20120106 

From trevor: A tower is on the top of a hill. It is 2,400 feet from an observer to a point directly under the tower and at the same elevation as the observer. The angle of elevation from the observer to the base of the tower is 15 degrees and to the top of the tower 23 degrees. How tall is the tower in feet? Compute your answer within one foot. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of 36 inch steel pipe 
20111222 

From Keith: What is the weight of 36 inch steel pipe 3/4 wall per foot in lbs. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a flagpole 
20111207 

From Grail: at a certain point the angle of elevation of the top of a flagpole which stands on a level ground is 35 degree. 75 ft. nearer the pole, the angle of elevation is 50 degree. How high is the pole Answered by Penny Nom. 





The arc of a bridge 
20111205 

From Marioneta: Two same columns placed symmetrically, 40 m apart.
The height of columns is 8 m.
If the origin of the coordinate system is placed at the foot
of the left column the equation of the arc of the bridge:
f (x) =1/80x^2+1/2x+8
What is the maximum height of a boat sailing under the bridge and
identify its path. Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is the altitude of the balloon? 
20111204 

From C: Chelcy and Jorgeare 2.32 miles apart. The observe a hot air balloon directly overhead between them Chelcy's angle of elevation is 28 degrees. Jorge's Angle of elevation is 37 degrees. What is the altitude of the balloon? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a fluid in a horizontal tank 
20110724 

From jason: Same set up as many others, cylindrical tank on its side, but I am interested in defining the change in volume and/or fluid level as a function of time at a constant volumetric outflow. I plan on hooking a pump to the tank so "gpms' will be constant. I have a couple different sized tanks and pumps so I want a general equation. Thanks for your help. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A cylinder fits perfectly in a box 
20110718 

From Brix: A cylinder fits perfectly in a box. 76 cubic inches of oil is poured into the space between the cylinder and the box, filling the space halfway. If the box is 3ft wide, how tall is the cylinder in inches? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Ramon has 6 puppies 
20110417 

From Mary: Ramon has 6 puppies. Five of the 6 weigh the same and one puppy is heavier. If Ramon had a balance scale, what is the least number of times he could weigh the puppies to be sure he could determine which puppy was heavier? Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is the height of the building? 
20110205 

From Myra: The angle of elevation is 45 degrees. The distance from George's foot to the top of the building is 50m. What is the height of the building? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Calibrating a conical tank 
20110205 

From Bill: Hi, I have a round tank with tapered sides where I know the diameter at the top and bottom. Is there a formula I can use to calculate the volume by measuring from the bottom up the side (at the angle of the side) to any given point? Thanks, Bill Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





1 and four eights inches 
20110201 

From Miranda: WRITING TO EXPLAIN:If a line is measured as 1 and four eighth inches long,explain how you could simplify the measurement? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a lamp 
20110113 

From Dorothy: I need to find the lamp height with casting shadow (base line of triangle where a boy 1.6m tall stands 3m from base of street lamp and has a 2m shadow. In other words, think of a right angle triangle with zero height starting at left, then 2m to right stands boy (1.6m high). Angle (hypotenuse) increases up to top of street lamp with 'x' height and 3m base. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a tank 
20110111 

From tom: A tank, open at the top is made up of thin sheet iron 1in. thick. The internal
dimensions of the tank are 4 ft. 8in. in long ;3 ft. 6 in.in wide ;4ft 4 in. in deep
Find the weight of the tank when empty, and find the weight when full of salt
water. (Salt water weighs 64 lbs. per cu. ft., and iron is 7.2 times as heavy as
salt water) Answered by Harley Weston. 





The height of an iceberg 
20101216 

From Sharon: if an iceberg can be seen 10% or 70 meters above the water, what is the measurement in meters of the iceberg below the surface of the water? Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





The height of the trapezoid 
20101201 

From Ryan: A trapezoid has an area of 10.5 cm squared and parallel sides that
measure 5.0 cm and 2.0 cm what is the height of the trapezoid Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of an equilateral triangle 
20101111 

From ginny: If a equilateral triangle has side lengths of 41.33m how would i calculate the area?
if i don't know the height of the triangle?
thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of some dirt 
20101103 

From Maggie: I am wanting to know how many tons of dirt we r going to need to fill a basement.
The measurements we r going with r 15ftx15ftx8ft. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Measuring the heights of tall objects 
20101028 

From Inder: what is used in real world to measure heights of tall objects? besides Clinometer or shadows, what else is their that is used to measure tall objects. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





There are 12 balls and one balls weight is different than the others 
20100812 

From david: if there was 12 balls and one balls weight is different than the other and use a balance 3 times is there a possible way to find which weigh different Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Disposing of some concrete 
20100812 

From Kathy: We are needing to dispose of concrete that we are tearing out of our
backyard and I need to figure the dimensions and weight.
I figured we have approx. 419 sq ft of concrete at 4" thick.
Could you tell me the how much that comes to in cubic ft,
cubic yards and weight. So I can get some estimates on pricing to
haul off and dispose of. thank you Answered by Harley Weston and Tyler Wood. 





The height of a triangle 
20100805 

From Ann: The height of a triangle is 4cm less than the base. The area is 198cm^2. Find the height. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The shadow of a building 
20100728 

From vera: building casts a shadow 210 ft. long,40 degree angle.How tall is the building? Answered by Penny Nom. 





12 coins 
20100707 

From Eden: We have 12 coins same in size and shape and also weight.
But among these, one coin which has same size and shape, but not in weight
and we can't know that this coin was lighter or heavier.
We must decide which coin was lighter or heavier among these 12 coins in
4 times of weighting with scale. Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Tyler Wood. 





The height of a triangle 
20100621 

From Taylor: how do i find the height of a triangle with a base of 3 and a side of 5 the book says 4 but i cant get that Answered by Penny Nom. 





The capilano suspension bridge 
20100603 

From nida: the capilano suspension bridge in north vancouver is the world's highest footbridge of its kind. the bridge is 140m long . from the ends of the bridge the angles of depression of a point on the river under the bridge are 41 degrees and 48 degrees. how high is the bridge above the river to the nearest metre Answered by Penny Nom. 





Weighing a 1000 lb cylinder on a 500 lb scale 
20100528 

From Jerry: I am trying to weigh a large possibly 1000 lb cylinder on a 500 lb scale, is this possible? If so what is the actual formula to figure out the correct weight? I am told it is possible with the fulcrum method but have not been able to find a formula. Thanks Jerry Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The altitude of a triangle 
20100508 

From kylie: the vertex angle of an isosceles triangle is 57 degrees 24 minutes and each of its equal sides is 375.5 feet long. find the altitude of the triangle Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a hill 
20100326 

From Amber: A surveying team determines the height of a hill by placing a 12foot pole at the top
of the hill and measuring the angles of elevation to the bottom and to the top of the pole.
They find the angels of elevation. Describe how to find the height of the hill. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A paper tube 
20100221 

From shailesh: How can i estimate weight of paper tube from size. i have paper tube
inner diameter : 22mm, thickness : 2mm, length : 14mm. so how can i got weight
of paper tube? Answered by Harley Weston and Tyler Wood. 





What is the height of this box? 
20100219 

From Carol: A rectangular box with a volume 0.75 cubic meters, Length 1.5 meters and width 0.4 meters. What is the height of this box. Answered by Tyler Wood. 





The height of a roof 
20100131 

From carl: Width of my roof I am building is 5M at baseline, and the pitch is 40%.
What will the height be, and how can I work this out in the future. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a mountain 
20100102 

From Aye: In order to decide the height of a remote mountain peak T one measures from two points A and B the angles u and v where the lines AT and BT made with the Horizontal plane respectively. From B, which lies 2400 m from A, one can see A and T by the same point of the compass. Find the height of a mountain peak, if A and B are known to be 950 m and 875 m above sea level respectively, as well as u = 43,8 degree and v = 25,2 degree.
Aye Answered by Harley Weston. 





Triangles on a base of 2.4 meters 
20091226 

From Allan: Please,How do I calculate the height of a triangle when I only know the width of the base line,It is 2.4 mtrs. Thankyou very much. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A ball is thrown upwards 
20091217 

From Reuben: A ball is h meters above the ground t seconds after it is thrown where
h(t) = 40t – 5t ^2 . Find the time at which the ball first reaches a height of
(a) 10 meters
(b) 40 meters
(c) 100 meters Answered by Harley Weston. 





Oneeighth of one million dollars 
20091116 

From Jarrett: what is 1/8 equal to out of a million dollars. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A trough of water 
20090915 

From Darrell: A trough that measures 4 feet long, 22 inches wide, and 18 inches high will be mounted
on a support stand. If the trough weighs 50 pounds when empty, approximately how many
pounds must the stand be able to hold when the trough is full of water? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Apparent Weight in salt water 
20090606 

From Rob: If an object weighs 100kg in air how much will it weigh when suspended in salt water?
Is there an easily used conversion calculation? Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





The volume of a cone 
20090520 

From Lillian: okay! so my math question is about the volume of a cone! my work sheet gave me the volume and base of the cone and asked me for the height! please help me discover the height of a cone when the volume is 78.54 cm (cubed obviously) and the base is 6 centimeters. thanks so much :) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Formula for Volume and Weight of Water in Pipe 
20090514 

From Jonathan: Do you have a formula for the amount of water that would be in a 12" schedule
forty pipe in gal at any one time. The piping system will be under pressure
but I need to know the overall weight of a single 20' stick of pipe so that
I can determine my spacing for my concrete support inserts.
Thanks. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The shadow of a tree 
20090420 

From Lindsey: James found that a 30 ft. tree that cast a shadow of 40 ft. A wire from the top of the tree to the beginning of its shadow must be how long? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a right triangle 
20090417 

From drakkar: how do i find the height of a right triangle that in 176 feet in area Answered by Penny Nom. 





Depth to height ratio 
20090326 

From Janet: Is there a formula to determine how deep something (a cabinet) should be based on how tall it is? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The base and height of an isosceles triangle 
20090323 

From Chris: How do you find the base and height of an isosceles triangle that has 2cm legs? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The height of a triangle 
20090320 

From jon: hi,
my daughter has to find the height of a triangle her side are 174ft and
184ft and the area is11,500 ft squared.
thanks for the help
jon Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of water in a swimming pool 
20090310 

From ely: How much does the water in a swimming pool 20 ft long, 10 ft wide, and 6 ft deep weigh? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a right triangle 
20090308 

From Anah: Could you please tell me the formula for me to calculate the height of a triangle. I have the angles and side lengths. I am trying to calculate the height of an right triangle, the dimensions are as follows:
The Base/Hypotenuse is: 8x
Side A is 2x.
Side B is 2x. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The height of a triangle 
20090214 

From GARIMA: IF THE SIDES OF TRIANGLE ARE GIVEN . HOW WE WILL
CALCULATE THE HEIGHT OF TRIANGLE. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20090206 

From lisa: find the height of a triangle, which can be split into two right triangles, but the base (4') is not split equally in half. No interior angles are given.
side a=3', side b=5' Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20090205 

From Theresa: Find the area of a triangle by first finding the height. base30ft hypotenuse50ft Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of an isosceles triangle 
20090129 

From Mariah: An isosceles triangle has sides 10cm, 10 cm and the base 4cm.
How do you find out the height of the triangle? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20090120 

From ELEY: WHAT IS THE HEIGHT OF A TRIANGLE IF THE AREA IS 32.4 AND A BASE OF 6.75? Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





A triangle with sides of length 6 and 7 
20090120 

From bill: If I have a triangle with sides 6 and 7,
which of the following is a possible area?
The answers are 13 and 21, but not 24.
I know this is because of a possible range of heights,
but how do I calculate the range of heights?
This is an SAT question. Thanks Answered by Chris Fisher. 





An equilateral triangle 
20081217 

From lorraine: an equilateral triangle has side lenghts of10.the length of its altitude is? Answered by Penny. 





Gravity's Effect at a Distance 
20081206 

From ROHAN: AT WHAT HEIGHT FROM THE SURFACE OF EARTH,THE WEIGHT OF THE BODY BECOMES HALF? (RADIUS OF THE EARTH = 6400) Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The volume of a yogurt pot 
20081204 

From Robyn: Okay, I know you have some answers on converting this already, but I can not convert the yoghurt pot I need yet into ml.
Is there some way to explain this using the yoghurt as an example?
The pot's 150g of lowfat strawberry yoghurt... would the 'lowfat' have an effect on this?
I'm sorry if this is a bother for you to answer, I just don't seem to be able to get it...
Have a nice day.
 Robyn Answered by Janice Cotcher and Penny Nom. 





The volume of a cone 
20081203 

From Tamriko: Hi! Help me, please to solve the following problem: The diameter of an icecream cone is 6 cm and the slant height is 10 cm. What volume of icecream would fit inside the cone? Thanks! Answered by Penny. 





A remainder of 8 
20081202 

From Dawn: when dividing a 3digit number by a 1digit number, for what divisors can you get a reminder of 8 ? Explain Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A weighted average 
20081127 

From Kenneth: I am interested in determining the answers to the following question by using some type of weighted average:
An investor has $30,000 to invest at simple interest in two accounts. One account earns 2% and the second earns 5%. How much must he invest in each account if his total return is 4% or $1,200? Answered by Penny. 





The height, base and perimeter of a triangle 
20081117 

From Zack: How would i calculate the height of a triangle if the base is 10cm and the area is 50cm˛?
If possible how would i calculate the length around the the triangle. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of an equilateral triangle 
20081106 

From touqeer: My question is that how can we find the height of an equilateral triangle without using pythagoras theorem? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a right triangle 
20081006 

From David: Could you please tell me the height of a right angle triangle when the base measurement is 4930mm and the base/hypotenuse angle is 10 degrees.
this will help a lot. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The weight of a concrete cylinder 
20080918 

From Curtis: I am trying to calculate the weight of a concrete cylinder. The diameter is 56" and the thickness or depth is 24". Can anyone help me? If possible I would like to see the formula as to how the answer was derived. Thank you Answered by Harley Weston. 





The height and base of a triangle 
20080912 

From Bailey: The length of the base of a triangle is 1cm less than 5 times the height of the triangle. The area of the triangle is 21 square cm. What is the the height of the triangle and the length of the base of the triangle? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The average height of an attic 
20080912 

From oliver: I need to find out the average height of a specific volume/area.
a standard house shape side walls height 10m, height in centre of house 15m.
width 15m length 25m (the roof spans the width)
Within the house in the corner there is a (box shape) room which is 5m in height by 3m wide and 4 m long
How do i work out the average height of the space directly above the room (same floor area)? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Harley Weston. 





The height of a tree 
20080909 

From danice: At a certain time of day, the angle of elevation of the sun is 30°. A tree has a shadow that is 25 feet long. Find the height of the tree to the nearest foot. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Four weights 
20080825 

From Darla: A balance had known weights of 1/2 lb, 1/4 lb, 1/8 lb, and 1 oz. Edna's object weighted 2 oz. more than Paul's. Each used 3 known weights to weight his or her object. which know weights did each use? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Subdividing a chord 
20080818 

From austin: Here is my question. Imagine I have a circle of known radius 25 feet, and a
chord with a mid point height of 6 inches from a central point on the chord
to the circumference of the circle. I wish to divide this chord into a
number of equal divisions. How can I calculate the measurement of the
perpendicular line at each division of the chord to the circumference and at
a 90 degrees at each division Answered by Penny Nom. 





The base of a triangle 
20080810 

From Mark: What is the formula I need to use to find the base of a triangle sail that is 16 feet high and has an area of 64 square feet. Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





Some angles in a pyramid 
20080804 

From Carla: A symmetrical pyramid stands on a square base of side 8cm. The slant height of
the pyramidis 20cm. Find the angle between the slant edge and the base, and the angle between
a slant face and the base. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a cubic yard of dirt 
20080721 

From Robert: I need to know how many pounds of dirt is in a cubic yard Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20080718 

From Becc: I have to find the height of a triangle.
The base is 3.1cm say ab
One of the top sides is 4cm say ca
The other side is 2cmsay cb Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much sand do I order? 
20080715 

From jackson: We would like to put 2 inches of sand down. The pool is 24 feet.
How much sand will we need?
The person we spoke to yesterday was talking in tons, but on these sites it is
talking cubic yards or feet.
Please help. We would like to get the sand ordered so we can get the pool up! Answered by Harley Weston. 





The height of an isosceles triangle 
20080622 

From Evelyn: Hi! I am facing problem finding the height of the isosceles triangle. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The rate of change in the depth of the water 
20080612 

From Liz: A rectangular pool 50ft long and 30ft. wide has a depth of 8 ft. for the first 20 ft. for its length and a depth of 3 ft. on the last 20ft. of its length and tapers linearly for the 10 ft in the middle of its length. the pool is being filled with water at the rate of 3ftcubed/ min
at what rate is the depth of the water in the pool increasing after 15 hours? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The weight of concrete 
20080611 

From Daniel: I need to calculate the weight of Concrete in a slab that measures 2' x 4' x 4" thick.
I am pricing out a job and have two different size stones to work with, the second stone measures
2' x 2' x 4". Answered by Harley Weston. 





The path of a baseball 
20080604 

From Tom: How high would a batter have to hit a ball to clear the stadium roof in right field
if the distance to the right field fence is 320 feet from home plate? Is this solvable? Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





Net weight 
20080523 

From Leticia: Hello, My name is Leticia,
I am having trouble with Net weight and I need your help.
When I am in class my friends answer questions that they say are easy,but I have no clue what's happening, we are going to have a test soon so please send me fast. Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





Volume/weight of a salt shedweight 
20080521 

From James: How do I find the volume/weight of a salt shed. I have a 3000 ton barn, I need a better way of finding how much salt to order as it gets used. I know how to calculate volume, how do i get tonnage from there?? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The weight of a bar of steel 
20080422 

From Himmler: if a steel weighs 0.30 pounds per cubic inch, then the weight of a 2 inch square steel bar 90 inches long ispounds. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20080417 

From Trent: I need to know the area of a triangle. One side is 5 the base is 12 and the angle between them is 52 degrees. No height is specified. How do I find the height to get the area? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of 1 litre of milk 
20080407 

From IMRAN: WHAT WEIGHT IN KILOGRAMS DOES 1 LITRE OF MILK HAVE? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much do the pumpkins weigh? 
20080405 

From Jose: Mr. Appleberry brought in pumpkins for science class, one for each group.
The fist task wa to weigh the pumpkins, but the scales they had wouldn't register
any weight under 7 pounds, and it seemed that two ot three pumpkins were under
that weight. The class decided that they could weigh the pumpkins two at a time,
so they weighed each pumpkin with each of other pumpkins.
The weights registered on the scale were:
7 pounds
8 pounds
9 pounds
10 pounds
11 pounds
12 pounds
How many pumpkins were there, and how much did each weigh? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The amount of water in a pool 
20080330 

From anurag: what will the weight of water in a swimming pool having dimensions of 18ft *10ft*5 ft?
how much water will be needed for filling it up? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A car tire full of concrete 
20080327 

From robert: I want to build a volleyball net support. I am using a car tire 24"odx16"id filled with concrete. how much will this weigh? thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





How tall is the tower? 
20080313 

From chris: you are standing 120 feet from the base of a tower. the angle of the elevation to the top of the tower is 15 degrees. how tall is the actual tower? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much does water weigh per gallon? 
20080218 

From sofie: how much does water weigh per gallon Answered by Penny Nom. 





How tall is the pole? 
20080206 

From GENEVAMILTON: A WIRE THAT IS 6 FEET LONG IS ATTACHED TO A THE TOP OF A POLE THE WIRE IS ANCHORED IN THE GROUND AT 4 FEET FROM THE BASE OF THE POLE HOW TALL IS THE POLE? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Bales of hay 
20080206 

From mark: 5 bales of hay are weighed 2 at a time in all possible ways. The weights are
110
112
113
114
115
116
117
118
120
121
How much does each bale weigh Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





The dimensions of a rectangle 
20071222 

From Justin: I'm trying to find the width of a rectangle. I have its area and its height. The area is 32 inches square and the width is 4 feet (48 inches). Can someone help explain this to me? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 300 ton train locomotive is built at exact half scale in all dimensions 
20071216 

From Normand: When a 300 ton train locomotive is built at exact half scale in all dimensions
we assumed the weight would be 150 tons.
Like a bar of solid steel cut in half would be.
Why does this not work out?
What are we missing here? Answered by Penny Nom. 





I know it's heavy, but how heavy, per linear foot? 
20071119 

From Gary: I am trying to find out the weight of a linear foot of a steel bar with the following measurements.
Thickness  1.125"
Length  120"
Height  18"
Density of carbon steel  .2837
I know it's heavy, but how heavy, per linear foot? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The height and area of a triangle 
20071105 

From Daniella: I need the exact formulas to find the height, the area,the lenght of triangles... Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20071103 

From William: I need to find the height of a triangle if the base is 15, one side is 14 and the other side is 13. Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





The base and height of a triangle triangle 
20071031 

From mike: How do you find the length of the base or the height of a triangle if the area is 30 square feet? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Constantly accelerated motion 
20071029 

From Priyanka: A, B and C are three points lying in that order on a straight line. A body is
projected from B towards A with speed 3 m/s. The body experiences an
acceleration of 1 m/s^2 towards C. If BC =20 m, find the time taken to reach C and
the distance travelled by the body from the moment of projection until it reaches C. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The height of an isoceles triangle 
20071029 

From Maura: I am trying to calculate the height of an isoceles triangle but in this case AB is not equal to AC.
How do I calculate this?
Thank you,
Maura age 13 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Arc length and height in a circle 
20071023 

From Bruce: I have been trying to find a formula that relates height of a segment
from the bottommost point of a circle toward the center of the circle to
the corresponding distance along the circumference of the circle
(i.e. at the point on the circumference intersected by a line perpendicular
to that segment). The unknown variable is the height of the segment;
the known variables are the radius of the circle and the distance
along the circumference. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How many tons of asphalt are in 12 cubic yards? 
20071015 

From Matthew: I want to know how many tons of asphalt are in 12 cubic yards? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The ratio of arm span to height 
20070917 

From Chandler: I am doing ratios and I was wondering if... well let me explain first. I have data on the arm span and heights of 10 students including myself now i have my measurements of me are 66inches arm span. and 66 inches height. my second piece of data is 71 inches arm span and 67 inches height now my ratio is 71:67 right? i thought i would need to simplify. but i cant really simplify this ratio and these numbers. what do I do? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How much stone will be needed to fill the trench? 
20070914 

From Debbie: A trench 100metres long 1ft wide*18inches deep with a 4inch pipe laid. How much stone will be needed to fill the trench.
How much weight in stone would I need to fill it? Answered by Penny Nom and Victoria West. 





The weight of a hollow cylinder 
20070818 

From chris: how do you find how much a 4 foot diameter cylinder 4ft tall with a thicknees of 6 inches weigh Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The height of a pole 
20070802 

From lalaine: Hi, this is my problem..
From a point 50.2 m to the pole, a student measured the angle of elevation to the top of the pole to be 32°. Find the height of the pole if the student's height from his feet to his eyes is about 4 ft. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20070717 

From linda: IF AREA EQUALS 12radical 30 of the triangle find the height B= 3 radical 3 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A weighted score 
20070605 

From Cindy: We need to weight numbers differently in terms of a percentage calculation. One number {80 for example} at 65% and another number {100 for example} at 35%. How do we calculate these into one total grade for example. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Altitudes of scalene triangles 
20070517 

From Chris: Two of the altitudes of a scalene triangle ABC have length 4 and 12.
If the length of the third altitude is also an integer, what is the biggest
that it can be? Answered by J. Chris Fisher. 





Buying topsoil 
20070516 

From Claudia: I am trying to figure out if it is cheaper to buy topsoil by the bag (one 40lbs bag for $1.66) or having it delivered for $60 for 4 cubic yards. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The radius of a cone 
20070507 

From Braden: i need to find the surface area but i only have the slant height and the height i need the radius how do i find it? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20070502 

From Cassie: If you have a scalene triangle with sides measuring 8 units, 6 units, and
10 units (and 10 is the base) how do i find the height perpendicular to the
base of 10? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A piece of paper is cut in half 
20070412 

From Jana: A piece of paper is cut in half and one piece is placed on top of the other. Then the two pieces are cut in half and one half is placed on top of the other, forming a stack of four pieces. If this process is carried out a total of 25 times and the original piece of paper is .003 inches thick, what is the height of the stack to the nearest foot.
b. Using the same problem setup: Suppose now that our paper is big enough to fold 50 times. Again the question is “What is the height of the stack of paper,” but this time, “to the nearest mile.” Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





When will the rocket hit the ground? 
20070405 

From Megan: A model rocket is launched at an upward velocity of 460feet per second off a platform that is 40 feet up from the ground. Use the formula h(t)= 16+vo+ho where vo is the initial velocity an ho is the initial height.
A.) Find the maximum hight of the rocket.
B.) How long does it take to reach the maximum height?
C.) When will the rocket hit the ground? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Kicking a field goal 
20070313 

From san: A football player attempts a field goal by kicking the football. The ball follows
the path modelled by the equation h= 4.9^2+10t+3, where h is the height of the
ball above the ground in metres, and t is the time since the ball was kicked
in seconds.
*the ball must clear the uprights for the field goal to count. The uprights are approximately
5 m high. How long does the ball stay above 5 m in height? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a hexagonal pyramid 
20070307 

From Carol: i have been set a question that gives a regular hexagon and each of the sloping sides is 6cm from a corner of a base to the apex(point). it also has 2cm sides it looks sort of like this: /\6cm 2cm Answered by Penny Nom. 





Finding the vertical height of a roof 
20070305 

From Zainab: The question is: If the vertical height if a triangle is half the width of the base and the slant length is 6 metres, find the exact vertical height of this part of the roof. I'm actually confused about finding out the height of an equilateral triangle if you're only given the length or slant height. Please help! O.o Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The height of a triangle 
20070228 

From A parent: The side of a triangle is 16 inches. The base of the triangle is 8 inches. How tall is the triangle? Answered by Penny Nom and Brennan Yaremko. 





Weightng coins 
20070218 

From Gary: You are considering buying 27 silver coins that look alike, but you have been told that one of the coins is a lightweight counterfeit. Find the least number of weighings on a balance scale that you can use to be certain you have found the counterfeit coin. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Conversions 
20070209 

From Donna: Hi! I hope you can help me... What is the cost of 10 grams platinum if one ounce = $1200 (troy weight)? I REALLY appreciate your help. Can you please send me the formula to figure it out too? Thank You! Donna :) Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The height of an isosceles triangle 
20070127 

From Brendan: I need to find the height of an isosceles triangle whose angles are 52, 52 and 76 degrees. The base is 100, and the two equal sides are unknown. How would I go about this? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Baby weight gain 
20070126 

From Reynaldo: A baby weighed 3.2 kg at birth. She gained 0.17 kg per week. How old was she when she weighed 5.75 kg? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20070117 

From Sharon: I am needing to determine the height of a triangle with a 50 ft base and one side is 40 ft the other side being 30 ft. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20070114 

From Shanelle: I'm trying to find the height of a triangle but i only know the base and one of the sides as well as the angle between those two sides...but how can i find the height? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Apples, oranges, bananas and pears 
20061230 

From Richard: If 6 oranges weights as much as 4 apples, 5 bananas weights as much as 3 pears, and ten bananas weights as much as 8 oranges. How many pears and apples would you need to have their weights balanced. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20061201 

From Jeni: I need to know how to figure out the height of a triangle when all I know are the sides and base. The sides are 5 and the base is 8 What do I do? Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is the height of the arc of the earth over a certain distance? 
20061201 

From Thomas: what is the height of the arc of the earth over a certain distance? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a building 
20061119 

From Sweetie: I have to figure out the measure of the water towers antenna on my schools campus using up to two items created by me and a manual. I don't know far away we are going to have to be. I need to have a fool proof way to figure out the distance to the tower. I have an idea using trigonometry but its really roughly estimated. Do you have any suggestions? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The height of a triangle as a function 
20061019 

From Ryan: Let 2s denote the length of the side of an equilateral triangle. Express the height of the triangle as a function of s Answered by Penny Nom. 





I have a ditch how many tons of dirt will it take 
20060625 

From Scott: I have a ditch 200 feet long 10 feet wide and 5 feet deep.How many tons of dirt will it take to fill it? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





find the height of the tower 
20060617 

From Evelyn: The angle of elevation from a point 89.6' from the base of a tower to the top of the tower is 42'40'... find the height of the tower Answered by Penny Nom. 





If a person who weighs 270 pounds on Earth 
20060510 

From Chloe: If a person who weighs 270 pounds on Earth weighs 45 pounds in space, how much would a person weigh in space who weighs 132 pounds on Earth? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





How much does 1300cc of liquid weigh? 
20060428 

From Debra: How much does 1300cc of liquid weigh, and how is the formula equated? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Percentage of weight 
20060426 

From Karen: How do you calculate percentage of weight lost? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The height of an isosceles triangle 
20060401 

From Chris: how do you work out the height of an isosceles triangle if i know the length of the base but i don't know any angles or the lengths of the sides? Answered by Penny Nom. 





5 men took turns weighing themselves on a scale 
20060330 

From Bev: 5 men took turns weighing themselves on a scale. However, they weighed each other two at a time, ten times total, so that every possible combination of two men was weighed. The scale had the following read out for the pairs, 236,244,228,250,258,230,246,238,242,and 252 pounds. How heavy was the heaviest man? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





A plant increases its height by 1/2 the first day,... 
20060330 

From Andy: A plant increases its height by 1/2 the first day, 1/3 the second day, 1/4 the third day and so on. How many days did it take to grow to 100 times its height? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





What is the height of the pot? 
20060310 

From Michelle: If a pot is 11 inches in diameter and holds 5.8 litres what is the height of the pot?  assuming it is a cylinder. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Heights and shadows 
20060306 

From Debra: A person is 7 ft tall and his shadow is 10 ft tall. using the same info what is the shadow of a person who is 5ft tall
Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The height of a cylinder 
20060215 

From Autumn: the surface area of a cylinder with circumference 24pi cm. is 300pi cm^{2} . what is the height??? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much will each piece weigh? 
20060128 

From Matt:
How many equal pieces that weigh between 12 and 13 ounces can be made from 110 ounce block if the whole block is used? How much will each piece weigh?
A paper square has area of 100 in^{2}. Into how many pieces of equal area must the square be but if the area of each piece is to be between 8 in^{2} and 9 in^{2}? What is area of piece?
Answered by Penny Nom. 





how can i find the height of a triangle if i have the base and the hypotenuse 
20060127 

From Kelsey: how can i find the height of a triangle if i have the base and the hypotenuse Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage weight change 
20060124 

From Abdul: what is the percent change if a person's weight changed over 3 years:
year 1995 1997 1998 %change(19951998)
weight 63kg 67kg 73kg ......... Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle from the lengths of the sides 
20060116 

From A student: How do you figure out the height of a triangle when all you have is the length of the sides of the triangle? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





What initial velocity is required to double the maximum height 
20060114 

From A photographer: A body is thrown into the air with an initial velocity V ft./sec. What initial velocity is required to double the maximum height previously obtained? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Twelve golf balls 
20051228 

From Todd: You have 12 golf balls and 11 of them are the exact same weight, but one of them is either a little heavier or a little lighter. You only have three attempts to weigh the balls. How can you determine which ball weighs more/less than the rest? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a right triangle 
20051221 

From Sanmantha: I am trying to solve for the height of a right triangle. The base is .05 mm, and the apex is 0.5 degrees. I vaguely recall from high school that this should be enough information to solve for height, but I can't remember what equation(s) to use. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The elevation of the top of the house 
20051113 

From Chloe: Karen is standing 23 metres away from the base of a 23 metre high house. Assume that Karen's eyes are 1.5 metres above ground. Find the elevation of the top of the house from Karen's eye line. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a tower 
20051108 

From Vinita: Observers at point A and B, who Stand on level ground on opposite sides of a tower, measure the angle of elevation to the top of the tower to be 33 degrees and 49 degrees respectively. Another point C is 120 m from point B, Triangle ABC =67 degrees and BAC = 31 degrees. Find the height of the tower to the nearest metre. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Determine the height 
20051014 

From Paul: if you know the distance to the base and the angle to the top how can you determine the height Answered by Penny Nom. 





Find the height of the pole 
20050322 

From Dorothy Jean: From the top of a building 70ft.high, the angle of elevation of the top of the pole is 11.2 degrees. From the bottom of the building the angle of elevation of the top of the pole is 33.4 degrees. Find the (a) height of the pole and (b) the distance from the building. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of some concrete 
20050215 

From Jordan: I have 6 acres of concrete that is 3 feet thick the aprox. weight of 1 cubic yard of concrete is 4024 pounds I am trying to find out how much my 6 acres weighs. fortunately my concrete is 3 feet deep. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Finding the height of a triangle 
20040914 

From A student: I have to calculate the height of a triangle.
The base is 6 (units)say ab
One of the top sides is 4 (units)say ca
The other side is 2 (units) say cb
I don't know the angles.
How to find the height? Answered by Chris Fisher and Penny Nom. 





The height of a building 
20040616 

From Lauren: I have a homework assignment to measure a building on my school's campus. I have to stand at least 40 ft away from the building and find the angle of elevation from my feet to the top of the building. Then I have to walk at least 40 ft form that point, record the distance as X, and find the angle of elevation from my feet to the top of the building. Using X and the angles, I have to determine the height of the building. I used a protractor and a weighted string to find the angle of elevation from my eyes to the top of the building. But I haven't been able to find the way to measure the angle of elevation from my feet to the top. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The base of a triangle 
20040525 

From Ralph: With a 30 degree angle at the top of a triangle and a height of 15 what is the base? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20040427 

From Danielle: what is the definition of height of a triangle? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a building 
20040331 

From Nat: Two buildings are 26.3m apart. From the top of the shorter building the angle of elevation to the top of the taller building is 35.9 degrees and the angle of depression to the base of the taller building is 54.7 degrees. What is the height of the taller building? Answered by Penny Nom. 





425 cc's of a saline solution 
20040330 

From Julie: 425 cc's of a saline solution is equal to how much in lbsweight?? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A new baby 
20040314 

From Jessica: I just had a baby 3weeks ago, he is in the hospital and he can come home when he is 1800 grams, well i was wondering how many pounds that is? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Lead weights 
20040126 

From Jeff: I am making a mold for my decoy anchors. I need
10  12 lead ounce weights. How would I determine the liquid measurement for that weight? For example if I melted down 10 ounces of lead how many cups would that be or quarter cups etc?
I would like the formula if I could and good instructions on how to use the formula. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A counterfeit coin 
20040123 

From Kim: You are considering buying 45 silver coins that look alike, but you have been told that one of the coins is a lightweight counterfeit. Find the least number of weighings on a balance scale that you can use to be certain you have found the counterfeit coin? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A fish tank 
20031126 

From Bill: How do I work out the volume and weight of water in a fish tank that is 36in x 14in x 12in? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A geometry problem 
20030708 

From Chris: My name is Chris, I work for a custom fabricator company. I am needing a formula for the Height (H) shown in the attached picture. The picture shows dimensions for my current application. If you could please, assign variables to the dimensions. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The weight of a fish tank 
20030520 

From A ponderer: I had a question pertaining conversion units..I have a fish tank at home and the dimensions are 24, 44, and 48 inches, I want to find out how much it weighs in pounds when filled up with water...knowing water is 62.4 pounds per cubic feet...do I just divide the 62.4 pounds to 12 because I"m trying to find out through cubic inches. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of an equilateral triangle 
20030406 

From Rosa: If Each side of an equilateral triangle is 10 m. What is the height? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Density 
20030219 

From Rob: What is the formula for converting cubic feet to pounds? (with any substance) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Splitting weight 
20030210 

From Jin Ho: A balance scale has only two weights, 1 ounce and 4 ounces. In only three weighings split 180 ounces of seed in two bags of 40 and 140 ounces. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The dimensions of a box 
20021203 

From Paula: My son, who is in secondary school, needs to make a box with the inside dimensions of 1.25 cubic feet. It's supposed to be more in the shape of a rectangle than a square. I would like to know the equation to use to find the inside dimensions of a box if I know how many cubic feet (or inches) I need the inside to be. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a triangle 
20021129 

From Dean: Could you please tell me the formular for me to calculate the height of a triangle. I have the angles and side lengths. I am trying to calculate the height of an isosceles triangle, does this make a difference from a normal triangle or is the formular the same. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mrs. Klein has been losing 1 pound a week for the last year 
20021030 

From Brett: On her diet, Mrs. Klein has been losing 1 pound a week for the last year. Her husband weighs 110 pounds more than she does now. If his weight is twice what her weight was 6 weeks ago, how much does mrs. Klein weigh now? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Averaging grades 
20021024 

From Richard: I'm using a grading program for the first time this year. (ok, that's not a question) I require my students to record their grades in a Scorekeeper when they get them back. I'd like to know if my students can keep up with averaging their grades just as the grading programs automatically averages them when I put them in the spreadsheet. Answered by Penny Nom and Claude Tardif. 





A cone that is cut off at the top 
20020923 

From Stuart: I have to work out the dimensions and arcs of a cone that is cut off at the top. I.e Top diameter is 33mm to bottom diameter is 43mm and the depth is 80mm Are you able to work what the flat of this cone would be as I need to design within the flat area and then have it cut out. I really need to know what the flat of it is before it is cut and curled to form the above cone. Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





A fish weighs 10 pounds more than half its weight. 
20020910 

From Rebecca: A fish weighs 10 pounds more than half its weight. How much does it weigh? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Weighing pumpkins 
20020908 

From Jennifer: Suppose five pumpkins are weighed two at a time in all possible ways. The weights in pounds are recorded as 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, and 27. How much does each individual pumpkin weigh. NO FRACTIONS! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ratios and weights on Neptune 
20020603 

From Janice: The ratio of an object's weight on earth to it's weight on Neptune is 5:7. How much would a person who weighs 150 pounds on earth weigh on Neptune. Answered by Penny Nom. 





All four eights in three consecutive hands 
20020401 

From Blair: What are the odds against the same person holding all four eights in three consecutive hands. Answered by Brian Alspach. 





The height of the lamppost 
20011002 

From Werner: I am working on question 51,section 3.7 ,page 191 of Stewart's Single Variable Calculus. The question involves a lamp post which is casting a shadow around the eliipse whose formula is x^{2} + 4*y^{2} = 5. I have found the derivative of the elllipse both explicitly: x/4(((5x^{2})/4)^{0.5}) and implicitly : y' =  x/(4*y). Answered by Harley Weston. 





Are you overweight? 
20010503 

From Oneita: How do I square a number.....? My problem is : square your height in inches and take 4.25 percent of the result to determine if you are overweight. Answered by Claude Tardif. 





How tall is the tree? 
20010302 

From Ronda: a tree's shadow is 42 ft. long. There is a stop sign that is right next to it and it is 18 ft. tall and it's shadow is 12 ft. long. How tall is the tree? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Height of the lamp 
20001231 

From Joey: The figure shows a lamp located three units to the right of the yaxis and a shadow created by the elliptical region x^{2} + 4y^{2} < 5. If the point (5,0) is on the edge of the shadow, how far above the xaxis is the lamp located? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Lobbing a tennis ball 
20001031 

From Alex: If a tennis ball is lobbed into the air with an initial upward velocity of 12 meters per second, its velocity and height will be functions of time in flight described by the following rules: V=129.8T and H=1+12T4.9T^{ 2} Find the maximum height of the tennis ball and the time it takes to reach that height. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a watermelon 
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From Lori Speir: If I have a 100 pound watermelon and it is 99% water. If it sits out in the sun all day and is now only 98% water what does it weigh now? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many grams are in 1 ounce? 
20000404 

From Kathy G: How many grams are in 1 ounce? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Word problems 
20000331 

From Amy: Question:  a north bound train left at noon. four hours later a south bound train left the same station. at 5 o'clook they were 160 miles apart. what was the rate of both if the north bound train was going 20 miles faster than the other one.
 clark's final exam was given 5 times the weight of the weight of a weekly test. the avgerage of 15 weekly test was 91. the overall weighted average was 85. what did he make on the final.
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Increasing the weight 
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From Lee Millard: A weight of dimension a, b is to have its weight increased by w% by bolting plates of the same material along the top and one side (but not at both ends). The top plate and side plate have the thickness, x. Find the thickness of the plates for a given weight increase of w%. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Rule of 78 
20000322 

From Dan Baumgarten: Can you explain the rule of 78 and the reverse rule of 78? Thanks. Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Slant height of a cone 
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From Jocelyn Wozney: I need help with this problem for my high school calculus class. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciatedI am pretty stumped. "Express the volume of a cone in terms of the slant height 'e' and the semivertical angle 'x' and find the value of 'x' for which the volume is a maximum if 'e' is constant. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Mass of the earth 
20000221 

From Terry Broughton: My name is terry i am 15 my question is how much does our planet earth weigh ? Answered by Chris Fisher and Harley Weston. 





Bales of hay 
19990913 

From Ivy: You are given 5 bales of hay. Two bales are weighed at a time, which equal the following weights: 110, 112, 113,114,115,116,117,118,120,121. What does each individual bale weigh? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Who is right 
19990904 

From rf, k, p and uncle a: Good morning. Could you please, help us resolve and by the way, confirm "who is right"... regarding the solution of this problem:  a piece of metal is 6 in. wide by 2 in. in height and weights 500 pounds...  what is the weight of a piece made of same metal, 5 in. wide by 1 3/4 in in height? Could you please supply the "formula". Regards, rf, k, p and uncle a. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A Weighty Problem 
19990617 

From A parent: When using a balance scale, weights can be placed on either side of the scale. For example, if a 10 pound weight provides a counter balance to an object and a 7 pound weight, then the object must weigh 3 pounds. What four weights can be used to weigh objects of 1, 2, 3 ... 38, 39, 40 pounds? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Girth 
19990526 

From Carolyn Bulkley: I am trying to explain to my son (who is in the 8th grade) how to figure girth. I'm afraid I have just confused him. Is there a simply formula to figure the girth of a box. for example: I have a box that is 27" L X 22" W X 21" H. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The bricklayers formula 
19981124 

From Rachel Kaplan: I have to do a report on the bricklayers formula N = 7LH. Can you give me any information on this. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A Car Wash 
19980404 

From Lisa GotimerStrolla: Al washes a car in six hours. Fred washes a car in eight hours. How long will it take them to wash a car together? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Area of a Triangle. 
19980305 

From Amanda: How do you figure out the area of a triangle? You already have the perimeter and height Answered by Penny Nom. 





A coin problem 
19960416 

From Julie Hebert and Simon Hamel: How many weighings would you need to find out which pile is fraudulent? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Calculer la hauteur de chute de cette pierre 
20001216 

From Marcus: Une pierre tombe au fond d'un puit, ŕ 5 secondes on entend un son (de la pierre). Calculer la hauteur de chute de cette pierre en tenant compte de la vitesse du son = 340m.s^{1} Il faut savoir que pour la chute libre v= g.t ; h = 1/2 g.t^{2} ; v = 2g.h g intensité du champs de pesanteur = 10 ; h hauteur de chute. Answered by Claude tardif. 

