







Two spinners 
20180813 

From Atina: A spinner has four equal sectors and a number is written on each sector; 1, 2, 3 and 4. A twodigit number is formed by spinning two times. The number on the first spinning makes the first digit and the number on the second spinning makes the second digit. For example, 2 on the first spinning and 1 on the second spinning make the number 21.
(a) Give the sample space S for the experiment.
(b) Consider the following events : E = odd number; F = number smaller than 35; G = prime number.
Give the subset of outcomes in S that defines each of the events E, F, and G.
(c) Describe the following events in terms of E, F, and G and find the probabilities for the events.
• getting an even integer less than 35.
• getting an odd number or an prime.
• getting an even number greater than or equal to 35 that is a prime number. • an odd number smaller than 35 that is not a prime number.
(d) Are E and F mutually exclusive events? Give a reason for your answer. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Taking 6 pills 
20180529 

From Dave: My motives are simple, I want to get revenge on my brother who, unbeknown to me,
repeatedly cheated when we played online Scrabble! Can you help?  he has posed this
question knowing that I'll struggle to get the solution.
Question: He is taking 6 pills a day, if he takes the pills in a different order each day,
how long will it be before he takes the pills in the same order on the same date again?
I think leap years might come in to it!
Will I confess to using you guys?  I'll think about that one. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Seven tangent circles 
20180423 

From Domenick: How to calculate the circumscribed and inscribed circles formed by seven .019685 diameter circles arranged in a circle with all seven circles tangent to each other? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Divisibility of 3n^5+7n 
20161214 

From Parag:
Question from Parag, a student:
if n is a natural number,then 3n^5+7n is divisible by
a)2
b)3
c)5
d)7
i got the answer but still i need a valid alternate approach. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Five consecutive even integers 
20160812 

From Marcelle: The average of 5 even consecutive numbers is 112. What is the largest numbers? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Pizza delivery 
20160403 

From Andrew: Suppose you own a local pizza restaurant, Pizza with Pizzazz, and in order to compete with the big pizza chains in your area you are considering an advertising campaign offering customers a free pizza if their pizza is not delivered in 30 minutes or less. Even though your pizza restaurant is known for its fast and friendly delivery service, you are not sure if you can afford to give away too many pizzas for free. Looking over your past 12,421 pizza deliveries you find out 97% of the pizzas were delivered in 30 minutes or less.
Calculate the probability that all 100 randomly selected pizza deliveries will have been made in 30 minutes or less? Hint: Use the multiplication rule. (Round 4 decimals)
I'm really stumped on how exactly to do this problem. I don't need the answer just the steps broken down to show me how to get it!
It would be gladly appreciated if you could help! Answered by Penny Nom. 





20 mangoes 
20160401 

From Mussharat: I have 20 mangoes and have to put them in 5 boxes such that
the numbers will be odd numbers.Also I can't cut or take the seed
out from the mango . What should I do. It's really confusing.
I'll be more than happy if you could help me. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Seven switches with 3 stages each 
20150915 

From jeff: We are trying to solve a combination problem. If I have 7 things that can be in 3 states (say on/partially on/off), and all 7 have to a state. How many different combinations can there be? It doesn't seem like we should treat it as 21 independent things, but not sure how to break the problem apart. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem 
20150508 

From JAMES: A businessman bought a number of similar articles for a total of sh. 6000. Three of the articles turned out to be defective with no resale value. He sold the remaining articles at 12.5% each above the cost price making a total profit of sh 480. How many articles had he bought? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Even and odd 
20141128 

From Subrahmanya: n1, n2, n3....................,n1997 are integers not necessarily distinct. (actually in n1, n2,.............., n1997 the numbers 1,2,.................,1997 are subscripts of 'n')
X= (1)^n1+(1)^n2+............+(1)^n998
Y=(1)^n999+(1)^n1000+............+(1)^n1997
Then
which of the following options is true
A) (1)^X = 1, (1)^Y = 1 B) (1)^X = 1, (1)^Y = 1
C) (1)^X = 1, (1)^Y = 1 D) (1)^X = 1, (1)^Y = 1
E) none of these Answered by Penny Nom. 





Maximizing the ticket revenue 
20141007 

From Allen: An airplane whose capacity is 100 passengers is to be chartered for a flight to Europe. The fare is to be $150 per person, if 60 people buy tickets. However, the airline agrees to reduce the fare for every passenger by $1 for each additional ticket sold. How many tickets should be sold to maximize the ticket revenue for this flight? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Price, revenue and profit 
20130922 

From lorraine: What price maximizes revenue? What price maximizes profit?
The only data I'm given is total output, total revenue, and total cost.
I'm not sure how to set up a formula Answered by Penny Nom. 





A contest with 31 people 
20130906 

From Kevin: There is a contest with 31 people and only one winner each week.
We play for 17 weeks.
What are the odds of winning at least one week?
The chances of winning each week are independent from previous weeks. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





If n is odd, then n^2  3 is even 
20121211 

From Tracy: Prove the statement:
For all integers n, if n is odd, then n2  3 is even. Answered by Penny Nom. 





4 digit combinations 
20121017 

From Scott: How many different 4 number combinations from 0123456789 with 2 out of the 4 odd and 2 out of the 4 even, with no numbers repeating. Thanks Answered by p. 





More on marbles in a jar 
20120927 

From josh:
Question from josh, a student:
Suppose you have a jar containing 100 red marbles and 100 white marbles. A) If you draw 5 marbles in a row, throwing each marble across the room as you draw it, what is the probability that at least one of them was red? B) If you draw 101 marbles in a row, throwing each one across the room as you draw it, now what is the probability that at least one of them was red?
I saw that this answer was already answered but "The probability that at least one is red is 1 minus the probability that they are all white." makes no sense to me can you please explain i thought that each time a marble is taken out the amount left is different can you please explain better Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Division in base eleven 
20120527 

From Zoe: How do you divide numbers that are in base 11?
For example;
9A7A6A divided by A Answered by Penny Nom. 





15 pigs and 6 pens 
20111116 

From Mike: I have 15 pigs and 6 pens, I have to put them in odd numbers, how do I do it. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Twice an even number 
20111010 

From Ron: The number of dollars that Tracy has in her pocket is an odd number.
Hal gave Tracy $2 more than she already had in her pocket.
The number of dollars Tracy now has cannot be _________.
a) $60 b) $62 c) $64 d) 68 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Can a function be both even and one to one? 
20101009 

From Tracy: Can a function be both even and one to one? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Percentage of Revenue Generated 
20100922 

From Jeri: Hi! I am trying to fill out the government form for obtaining a business license and this is all new to me...it wants to know the estimated percentage of revenue that my product generates. An easy formula to figure this out would be greatly appreciated! Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Can a fraction be an even or odd number? 
20100825 

From Kenneth: Can a fraction be an even or odd number? If not , why? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Harley Weston. 





A collection of baseball cards 
20100701 

From Martha: Cody has a collection of baseball cards. Is it possible for him to
place the cards into 5 boxes so that exactly 3 of the boxes contain an
odd number of cards and the total number of cards in two of the boxes
is the same as the total number in the other 3 boxes? Explain. Answered by Robert Dawson, Penny Nom and Claude Tardif. 





The product of two consecutive even integers 
20100511 

From Terry: The product of two consecutive even integers is 14 more than their sum. Find the integers. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Counting by sevens 
20100413 

From Larry: Lee counted by 7's beginning with one of the whole numbers from 1 through 7, until Lee passed 1000. If Lee counted
three of the following numbers, which number did Lee NOT count?
a. 107
b. 184
c. 534
d. 641
Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





Frank makes picture frames 
20100220 

From Carol: Frank makes picture frames his revenue from sales is R=$13.60x for frames sold. The cost making frames is C=$5.80x+$120 for frames made. What is the minum number of frames Frank must make and sell in order for his revenue to be greater than his costs. Answered by Penny Nom and Melanie Tyrer. 





7 odd numbers 
20100219 

From mike: Hello there,
Problem: find 7 odd numbers who sum is equal to 30.
Hint*My professor said it's possible to add 7 odd numbers and get 30 for an answer!
and he said we can use Negative and rational numbers but no decimal or fractions.
So is there anyway of solving this? Please get back to ASAP! thanks. Answered by Harley Weston and Tyler Wood. 





Consecutive even integers 
20100203 

From cassandra: find 2 consecutive even integers whose sum is 34
find 3 consecutive even integers such that 3 time the middle interger is 10 more than the greatest. Answered by Tyler Wood. 





Odds and evens in an n by n+1 table 
20100121 

From Shankar: The boxes of an n * (n+1) table ( n rows and n+1 columns) are filled with integers.
Prove that one can cross out several columns ( not all of them !) so that after this operation
all the sums of the numbers in each row will be even. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Holiday for 7 golfers 
20100105 

From Andy: I am having difficulty scheduling pairings for a forthcoming Golf holiday. There are 7 players and we will be playing 7 rounds  each round will be a 3 ball and a 4 ball. I am trying to work out a schedule that means everyone plays with each other roughly the same number of times (with a minimum of, say, 3 times if possible). Also, we are looking to ensure everyone plays in roughly the same number of 3 and 4 balls. Any suggestions would be much appreciated (we leave in 10 days time). Thank you. Answered by Victoria West. 





Probability 
20090927 

From Ed: My mother died 3 years to the day after her daughter died. what are the odds of that happening by chance? thanks Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Revenue 
20090925 

From Oneda: Charter Bus Fares  For groups of 80 or more people, a charter
bus company determines the rate per person according to the formula
rate = 8  0.05(n80_, n >= 80
where the rate is given in dollars and n is the number of people
question a) express the revenue R for the bus company as a function of n. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Toss a coin and roll a die 
20090921 

From Celeste: Can you please tell me how to set up this problem to find the answer. I know they are independent from there I don't know.
a coin and a regular sixsided die are tossed together once. What is the probability that the coin shows a head or the die has a 5 on the upward face? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Seven circles 
20090920 

From Bobbi: try to put number 1 to 7 in seven circles (one in the middle, 3 on top, 3 below) so the numbers in each row of three circlesvertical, horizontal, and diagonal  add up to 12. Each number can be used only once. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Selling fish 
20090722 

From Hemantee: A fishmonger bought 150kg of fish. he sold 70%of it at the price of Rs90 per kg and the rest at Rs 75 per kg. he made a profit of 42.5 per cent. how much did he pay for the fish. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Maximum profit 
20090511 

From Sally: a manufacturer of dresses charges $90 per dress up to 100 units and the average production cost is $60 per dress. to encourage larger orders the company will drop the price per dress by .10 for orders in excess of 100. I need to find the largest order the company should allow with the special discount to realize maximum profit. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A discount on a charter plane 
20090506 

From karen: a charter plane company advertises that it will provide a plane for a fare of $60. if your party is twenty or less and all passengers will receive a discount of $2 per person if the party is greater than 20. what number of passengers will maximize revenue for the company Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Dividing the digits 1  9 into two groups 
20090209 

From donna: using the numbers 1 to 9 can you arrange these into 2 groups, both of which have the same total, and no you cant turn the 6 upside down Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ambitious 7th Grader 
20090128 

From John: I have been asked to tutor a 7th grader who is very good in math. He is taking the most advanced course that his school offers to 7th graders. This course will cover Algebra 1 over a period of two years, using McDougal Littell's Algebra, Structure and Method, Book 1, a book I like a lot.
I have been hired not to help him with his schoolwork, which is too easy for him, but to guide him through something in math beyond his schoolwork. This was his idea, an idea which surprised his parents, but one which they support.
Do you have a suggestion for me? If so, I would be very grateful to hear from you. I think this could be a lot of fun for me and my new student, if I pick the right path.
Thanks and best regards,
John
John Answered by Robert Dawson, Victoria West and Walter Whiteley. 





A seven card poker hand 
20090112 

From Sean: from a standard card deck, seven cards are chosen at random.
find the probability that the set chosen contains exactly three of each
of two different face values.
the second part of the problem asks the probability that the card hand contains
exactly three 2's and exactly three 5's. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A Tshirt fundraiser 
20090111 

From Andre: Lou's class is selling Tshirts for a fundraiser. The supplier charges 750$ for the initial design and the setup plus 5$ for each imprinted shirt. The students sell the shirts for 15$ each.
a)How many Tshirts do the students need to sell to break even?
b)How much profit will the students make if they sell 150 shirts? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Maximize revenue 
20081008 

From Donna: A university is trying to determine what price to charge for football tickets. At a price of 6.oo/ticket it averages 70000 people per game. For every 1.oo increase in price, it loses 10000 people from the average attendance. Each person on average spends 1.5o on concessions. What ticket price should be charged in order to maximize revenue.
price = 6+x, x is the number of increases.
ticket sales = 70000 10000x
concession revenue 1.5(70000  10000x)
I just do not know what to do with the concession part of this equation
(6+x) x (70000  10000x) I can understand but not the concession part please help. thx. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is it possible to a function to be both even and odd ? 
20080928 

From Mohammed: Is it possible to a function to be both ( Even and Odd ) Answered by Harley Weston. 





Is zero an even number, an odd number, or neither? 
20080804 

From Donna: Is zero an even number, an odd number, or neither? Why? Answered by Victoria West. 





Smallest Even Number 
20080709 

From Ma.: Using the digits 0, 1, 3, 4, and 5 only once give the smallest 5digit even number Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





A 7digit odd number 
20080626 

From Godryk: I am the smallest 7digit odd number. my ones digit is the sum of my thousands, and ten thousands digits. What number am I? Answered by Penny Nom. 





30% profit 
20080619 

From Julie: how do i calculate the price per person that will return a 30% profit on the sales revenue generated? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Some threedigit numbers 
20080305 

From Toni: The following is a word pattern problem listed on my son's homework:
write a set of threedigit numbers that contain one odd number and three even numbers.
This confused the both of us because that would make his number a four digit number, right?
please respond. Thanks. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 10% markup then a 10% discount 
20071113 

From svetik: The best selling dessert at Chez Russell earns revenue of $5000 per week. During Restaurant Week, they are required to give a 10% discount on this dessert. Because the owner is a crook, he decides to mark up the price the week before Restaurant Week and then give the 10% discount off the marked up price. During the marked up week, they still sold the same amount of pieces as any prior week. However, they expect to sell 100 more pieces during restaurant week. If the revenue from this dessert is the same for the marked up week and restaurant week, what is the normal price of the dessert, rounded to the nearest cent? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Maximizing profits II 
20071005 

From a student: Suppose there are three firms with the same demand function. The function is Q=100040P. Each firm also a a cost function.
Firm 1: 4000+5Q,
Firm 2: 3000+5Q,
Firm 3: 3000+7Q.
What price should each firm charge if it wants to maximize profits. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Three digit numbers where all digits are even 
20070914 

From Cielo: Hannah made a list of all of the three digit whole numbers where all three digit were even. How many three digit whole numbers were on Hannah's list? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why does an odd + odd = an even? 
20070906 

From austin: why does an odd + odd = an even? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Breaking even 
20070816 

From virginia: a company that manufactures bikes has a fixed cost of $100,000.00 it costs $100 to produce each bike. the selling price per bike is $300.00
write the cost function, c
write the revenue function, r
determine the break even point Answered by Leeanne Boehm and Steve La Rocque. 





Selling price and revenue 
20070624 

From nick: hello, this is my first time asking for help from this website in which by the way, i think is great for everyone. My question is as follows... the relationship between the selling price of a sleeping bag, s dollars, and the revenue at that selling price, r(s) dollars is represented by the function: r(s)= 10s^2+1500s
evaluate, interpret, and compare: a) r(29.95) Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





Base seven 
20070519 

From Dan: A number X is converted to base 7 and becomes a four digit number. Its leftmost digit is removed and written again as the rightmost digit. The number thus obtained is twice X. Find the decimal representations of all such numbers X. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Find the maximum revenue 
20070405 

From Megan: The weekly revenue for a company is R= 3p+60p+1060, were p is the price of the company's product. Find the maximum revenue for this company. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Seven digit account numbers 
20070309 

From Miranda: Account numbers for the Central Oil Company consist of seven digits. If the first digit cannot be 0, how many account numbers are possible? Thank you so much!!! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Maximize revenue 
20070308 

From San: A movie theatre sells tickets for $8.50 each. The manager is considering raising the prices but knows that for every 50 cents the price is raised, 20 fewer people go to the movies. The equation R= 40c^2+84c describes the relationship between the cost of the tickets, c dollars, and the amount of revenue, R dollars, that the theatre makes. What price should the theatre charge to maximize revenue? This question comes from my gr.11 corresponding study homework and I not yet solve it. Please help! Thank you, I will appreciate your help. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





An even function 
20070307 

From Dana: Find a function t(x) such that t(x)/x+3 = y is an even function Answered by Haley Ess. 





What is the probability that the sum of the two numbers is even? 
20061101 

From Ryan: 10 balls numbered 110 are in a jar. George reaches into the jar and pulls out a ball. Then Wally pulls out another ball. What is the probability that the sum of the two numbers is even? Answered by Haley Ess. 





How many students are in the class? 
20061012 

From Lillian: There is one more boy than girls in the class, how many students in all? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





2row arrays 
20060906 

From Liz & Samantha: What do you call the numbers that cannot be arranged into 2row arrays? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is zero even or odd? 
20060404 

From Aliya: I would like to know if zero is an odd number or even number. I remembered my kindergarten teacher saying it is an odd number. My mom and sister says it is even number. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Josh and John were both exposed to the flu 
20051216 

From Dudley: Josh and John were both exposed to the flu. John has a 25% chance of getting it, while Josh has a 75% chance of getting it. What are the chances that at least one of them has the flu?
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is a zero considered an even or odd number? 
20051213 

From Sylvia: Is a zero considered an even or odd number? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sum of n consecutive integers 
20051127 

From Craig:
If 875 is expressed as the sum of n consecutive integers (n > 1), then the number
of possible values of n is?
Possible Answers:
A) 15
B) 8
C) 7
D) 16
E) 4
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Numbers with exactly 5 divisors 
20051123 

From Mary Lou: Show the 10 numbers with exactly 5 divisors. Answered by Penny Nom. 





When will x^2+xy+(yx) be even? 
20051108 

From Lana: If x and y are integers, when will x squared+xy+(yx) be even? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why is zero even? 
20051108 

From Lauren: A child in my class if having trouble with the concept of zero being an even number, I have talked with her about its zero because it is a multiple of 2, any other suggestions? Answered by Paul Betts. 





Can one place 15 integers around a circle... 
20050820 

From Hernan: Can one place 15 integers around a circle so that the sum of every 4 consecutive numbers is equal either to 1 or 3? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Maximizing revenue 
20050513 

From Jackie: 1.The manager of a 100unit apartment complex knows from experience that all units will be occupied if the rent is $400 per month. A market survey suggests that, on the average, one additional unit will remain vacant for each $5 increase in rent. What rent should the manager charge to maximize revenue?
2.During the summer months Terry makes and sells necklaces on the beach. Last summer he sold the necklaces for $10 each and his sales averaged 20 per day. When he increased the price by $1, he found that he lost two sales per day.
a. Find the demand function, assuming it is linear.
b. If the material for each necklace costs Terry $6, what should the selling price be to maximize his profit?
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Divisibility by 7 and 11 
20041013 

From Tammy: I'm stuck in class in Yr 7 And I'm finding it hard on our new topic Divisibility! When I try to find out what this means on Internet sites i can not understand the used symbols like algebra and so on. I'm stuck on the divisibility rules for the number 11! Answered by Penny. 





Evennumbered roots 
20040301 

From A student: I understand that the square root is defined to be positive only. Does
the same rule apply to other evennumbered roots, such as the 4th root, or
the 6th root, etc.? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Sums and differences 
20040210 

From David: The sum of two whole numbers is 63. The difference between the numbers is 10. Find all the possible pairs. Answered by Claude Tardif and Penny Nom. 





Is zero even? 
20040107 

From A secretary at an elementary school: Is zero an even number? Answered by Penny Nom. 





37 with four 4'2 
20040103 

From Myra: Using four fours and only four fours to get an answer of 37. Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Room and board fees 
20031129 

From Jennifer: A certain university wishes to determine room and board fees for the next academic year. For the current year, the fee is $3600 per student and 1800 students are living in the residence halls. Past data suggests that for every $300 increase in the semester fee, 200 fewer students will choose to live in the dorms. There are also costs to the university associated with the residence halls. The fixed costs total $2,000,000 per semester. the variable costs are currently $1000 per student but will fall $100 per student for each decrease of 100 students. Your task is to help the university determine the optimal fee. Assume linear relationships between the number of students and the fee and between the number of students and the cost per student Answered by Penny Nom. 





Divisibility by 7 
20031114 

From A student: how do you test a number to see if it is divisible by 7 or not? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two row arrays 
20030903 

From Madalyn: My question is, what are #'s that can not be arranged in two row arrays called? Answered by Penny Nom. 





39 consecutive natural numbers 
20030819 

From A student: Prove that among any 39 consecutive natural numbers it is always possible to find one whose sum of digits is divisible by 11. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two precalculus problems 
20030804 

From Kate:
Please help me verify the identity: cos2x(sec2x1)=sin2x Also I am having trouble withdetermining whether f(x) is odd, even, or neither f(x)=x3x Answered by Penny Nom. 





Odd and even 
20021217 

From Martin: I am a graduate engineer trying to teach single digit addition to my 8 year old granddaughter. My questions follow. Assume a child does not know what multiplication and division are. Assume the child knows how to count from 0 to 10 How do you explain that 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 are even numbers And 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 are odd numbers And these three facts?  when you add two even numbers, the answer is even
 when you add two odd numbers, the answer is even
 when you add an even number and an odd number, the answer is odd?
Can all of these be reasoned out, without using the concepts of multiplication or division? Answered by Diane Hanson. 





Making 7 
20021126 

From Bill: At one time I had the answer to this math equation but I have lost it and can't seem to regain it. I may be going at it wrong but as I recall there were the numbers 1 through 4, and the std operators, +, , /, *, and parentheses. The object was to make the four numbers with the operators equal to 7. Each number and operator may be used only once. My 9 year old loves these quizzes but I can't give it to her if I can't provide the correct answer. Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Sums of evens 
20020914 

From Rosa: How do I find a geometric way to easily compute sums of consecutive even numbers 2 + 4 + 6 + .... Answered by Leeanne Boehm and Harley Weston. 





Probability 
20020816 

From Chris:
There are two possible outcomes for a random event, A and B. The probability of A being the outcome is 63%, and B 37%. What is the likelihood that B will be chosen twice, consecutively? Three times, ten? Answered by Andrei Volodin. 





Place six numbers around a triangle 
20020719 

From Monika: I need to place six numbers around a triangle, as such that one number is on each corner, and one number on each side making three numbers in one line, adding up to two hundred exactly. The number I have to use are, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90. I have to use each one once, there for, each number cannot be repeated. Answered by Claude Tardif and Chris Fisher. 





Pigs in pens 
20020710 

From Shannon: A farmer has 21 pigs and 4 pens, he must put an odd number of pigs in each pen, how does he do it? Answered by Penny Nom and Chris Fisher. 





Rolling 5 sevens before rolling a six or an eight 
20020120 

From Tony: When rolling 2 dice, what is the probability of rolling 5 sevens before rolling a six or an eight? Answered by Andrei Volodin and Penny Nom. 





Odd plus even is odd 
20011014 

From James: Why is the sum of an odd number and an even number always odd? Answered by Peny Nom. 





15 mice in 4 cages 
20011008 

From Chelsea: How can you fit 15 mice into 4 cages with an odd number of mice in each cage? Answered by Claude Tardif and Harley Weston. 





The best of 7 
20010908 

From Michelle: Professional basketball, hockey, and baseball championships are decided on the best 4 out of 7 games. The first team to win four games wins the championship. In how many possible ways could the team win the championship series after winning the first game?
Example:
Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Result W L L W W W
Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





Generating uniquie 2 digit numbers 
20010716 

From Anthony: What methodology can I use to generate uniquie 2 digit numbers from unique 7 digit numbers. Of'course the total number of 7digit numbers is not greater than 99. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mutually exclusive 
20010605 

From Marje: What does the mathmatical term "mutually exclusive" mean. Pleas diagram if possible. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Maximize profit 
20010509 

From Brian: The marginal cost for a certain product is given by MC = 6x+60 and the fixed costs are $100. The marginal revenue is given by MR = 1802x. Find the level of production that will maximize profit and find the profit or loss at that level. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A lemon and a recall 
20010425 

From Katie: A Man has two cars, a recall and a lemon. The probability that the recall starts is 10%. The proabability that the lemon will start is 5%. What is the proabability that both cars will start? Answered by Andrei Volodin. 





Oil revenue 
20010421 

From Brian: Suppose that t months from now an oil well will be producing crude oil at the rate of r(t), not a constant, barrels per month and that the price of crude oil will be p(t), not a constant, dollars per barrel. Assume that the oil is sold as soon as it is extracted from the ground.  Find an expression for the total revenue from the oil well, R(t).
 A certain oil well that currently yields 400 barrels of crude oil a month will run dry in 2 years. The price of crude oil is currently $18 per barrel and is expected to rise at a constant rate of 3 cents per barrel per month. What will be the total revenue from this well? {Hint: Model the degraded production rate with the equation:
r(t) = (ABt)e^{0.04t}} Answered by Harley Weston. 





Is there an odd and even function? 
20010302 

From Saima: Is there a function that is both even and odd at the same time? In other words, is there a function that can pass the yaxis, xaxis, and origin symmetry test? Answered by Claude Tardif and Penny Nom. 





Delivering firwood 
20010220 

From Jackie: Two college students earn extra money on weekends by delivering firwood in thier pickup truck. They have found that they can sell x cords per weekend at a price of p dollars per cord, where x=753/5 p. The students buy the firewood from a supplier who charges them C dollars for x cords to the equation C=500+15 x+1/5 x^{2}.
a) find a function f such that P=f(p), where P dollars is the profit per weekend for the students if they charge p dollars per cord.
b)find the profit P dollars if p=$95 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 1 from 35 lottery 
20010111 

From Jamie: A number is randomly drawn from an urn containing 35 balls numbered 00 to 34. How to win Division 1 Match the number drawn Division 2 Match the last digit of the number drawn Calculation of probabilities for this lottery:... Answered by Claude Tardif and Penny Nom. 





The city transit system 
20010107 

From Jacky: The city transit system carries an average of 9450 bus riders a day, for a fare of $1.75 each. The city wants to reduce car pollution by increasing ridership and to maximize the transit system's revenue at the same time. A survey indicates that the number of riders will increase by 150 for every $0.05 decrease in fare. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Hendecagon 
20001009 

From Jillian: I need an example of a object that is in the shape of a hendecagon. I know what the shape is but I cannot come up with a real life example of an object that is this shape. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





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. 





Six digit numbers using 1,2,5,6,7, and 9 
20000320 

From Rachel: How many different sixdigit numbers can you make using the digits 1,2,5,6,7, and 9? How many of these six digit numbers are divisible by six? Answered by Claude Tardif and Denis Hanson. 





Is zero an even or odd number? 
20000206 

From Christian Hansen: On a list I run, someone posted that 02022000 was the first date since 2808888 where all the digits were even. Of course, this provoked a discussion of whether zero was odd, or even, or neither. I remember reading that, for symmetry's sake, it is considered by mathematicians to be even. Any thoughts? Answered by Patrick Maidorn. 





Two algebra problems 
19991217 

From Michael Standfest: If x+4 is a factor of 2x^{4}+kx^{3}3kx^{2}+6x40, find k and Prove that n^{2}n is even for all n, using the proof of contradiction Answered by Penny Nom. 





Even and Odd Function 
19990617 

From Kent: There is one function with the domain of all real numbers that is both even and odd. Please give me the answer to this question before I go insane. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Evens and odds 
19990504 

From Emily Hays: My name is Emily Hays, I am in the 6th grade and my teacher gave me some extra probelms to see if I could solve them. She can't find the KEY and I can't figure out the probelm so she suggested I email you guys to see if you could help us. Here's the Problem: The numbers 1,2,3...,1999 are written on the blackboard in the classroom. Evertime the teacher enters the room he chooses two numbers on the blackboard, say a & b, with a> or equal to b, then he erases them and writes the difference ab somewhere on the blackboard. After this procedure is carried on 1998 times, there will be only one number left on the blackboard. Prove the last remaining number must be even. I hope you can help us! Answered by Chris Fisher and Harley Weston. 





Divisibility by 11 
19981028 

From Pat Duggleby: I am an upgrading instructor at a dropin program in Regina. One of my students is taking General Math 30 through correspondence, and we have run into some confusing instructions. The section is about divisibility rules, and we did just fine up until the rule for Divisibility by 11. The statement is as follows:  If the difference between the sum of the oddnumbered digits and the sum of the evennumbered digits, counted from right to left, is divisible by 11, then the number is divisible by 11.  . . . Answered by Penny Nom. 





Zero 
20010315 

From Alexandre: j'aimerais beaucoup savoir si le chiffre zéro est considéré comme étant soit:  pair
 impair
 pair et impair ŕ la fois
 ni pair ni impair.
Answered by Claude Tardif. 

