







An impossible problem 
20170915 

From Fay: Given math homework problem of: Gary and Larry given 2 numbers and told to add together. Gary subtracted and got 14. Larry multiplied and got 799. I tried substitution:
XY=14 and X x Y=799
X= Y+14
(Y+14) Y=799 and here I'm stuck at Y squared+14 Y= 799
using substitution I got 47x17=799 but not 14b when subtracted. HELP????? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sum of three integers is 30 
20161206 

From Vaishnavi: _+_+_:30. Blanks are to be filled by(1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15) and numbers can be repeated. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three friends bought 13 books 
20161206 

From alexis: Marina bought 4 books José bought as many books as Ben bought together the 3 friends bought 13 books how many books did Ben buy Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem at the fair 
20161025 

From Rick: Have 48 tickets to spend, have to spend them all in exactly 10 events.
Rides cost 6 tickets games cost 4 tickets & treats cost 3 tickets Answered by Penny Nom. 





External and interior angles of a regular polygon 
20160419 

From pearl: a polygon has n sides.The exterior angle is 8 times the interior angle
find the value of the interior angle
find the value of n Answered by Penny Nom. 





A rotating schedule for a softball team 
20160325 

From Caroline: I couldn't find a similar question, hopefully there isn't one!
I have a softball team of 18 people (7 girls and 11 boys), but am limiting each game to 13 players (6 girls and 7 boys). The season is 10 games long. How do I create a rotating schedule which allows members to play evenly? I tried separating the boys and girls to create rotation for each but I got confused. Some are unable to attend all games but for the simplicity of a rotation schedule can you please help? Answered by Robert Dawson and Victoria West. 





The sides of a triangle 
20160315 

From Hitarth: Why we cannot construct a triangle ofngiven sides 5cm,5cm and 10cm? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Can you construct a regular 21gon? 
20160308 

From Peter: hi, i know that if i use a compass to draw a circle, i can use the same setting to mark 6 intervals along the circle circumference, how would i go about marking out 21 equally spaced points around the circumference?
if there an online calculator i can us, or some other interesting trick?
tia
peter Answered by Robert Dawson. 





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. 





Factor x^2 + y^2 
20150826 

From Jerome: Factor: x^2+y^2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Four equations in 3 unknowns 
20150823 

From damien: solve:
S x U  T = 44
T  U x S = 36
U + T  S = 7
U x U / S = 4 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A rectangle and a triangle 
20140927 

From rajesh: The perimeter of a rectangle is equal to the perimeter of a rightangled triangle of height 12 cm if the base of the triangle is equal to the breadth of the rectangle, what is the length of the rectangle? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A six team track schedule 
20140915 

From Paul: I need to make a six (6) team track schedule. It needs to be five (5) triangular (3 team) meets with each team playing each team twice Answered by Victoria West. 





Cutting a round cake so that it doesn't dry out 
20140826 

From James: I'm wondering if there's a simple way to calculate the area between two parallel chords of a circle equidistant from its diameter, or if I have the area, to find the distance between the two chords.
Here's my "problem". You may have heard of the way of cutting a round cake so that it doesn't dry out  make two parallel cuts (chords) the length of the cake, take the middle piece, then push the two pieces together.
So I know the area of a 12" cake, and I want say, exactly an eighth of the cake. How wide do I cut the centre piece?
Now to get even more difficult, the next day I want another eighth from the centre. How wide do I cut the next pieces, and so on...?
Thanks,
James Answered by Harley Weston. 





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. 





How to find the base length of a isosceles triangle if only the sides are given? 
20120425 

From aqilah: how to find the base length of a isosceles triangle if only the sides are given? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A mythical soccer ball 
20111027 

From Joel: We've been working on this problem diligently and can't seem to come up with the answer book's answer. We think it may be wrong, yet want to check it with an expert. Here goes.
The school's new soccer balls are covered with 64 regular hexagonal panels. Each hexagon measures 2 inches between opposite corners and 1.5 inches between opposite sides. What is the total surface area of the soccer ball? Answered by Robert Dawson and Lorraine Dame. 





A four digit number 
20110916 

From gina: i am having a hard time figuring this out.. i believe the answer is 3105 but the 0 is throwing me off... i am a 4 digit number between 3100 and 3200, none of my digits are even, the sum of my digits is 9, the largest digit is in the ones place, what number am i ?? Answered by Penny Nom. 





2x = 2+2x 
20110115 

From james: 2x=2+2x can you help me find what x epauls? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A cube with twice the volume 
20100411 

From Woojin: From a given cube create another cube with twice the volume.
the cube: 5cm each. Answered by Tyler Wood. 





An impossible isosceles triangle 
20100131 

From Hailey: An isosceles triangle has one angle that measures 50 degrees and another that measures 70 degrees. Why can't this triangle be drawn? Answered by Penny Nom. 





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. 





The integral of a to power x squared 
20090428 

From JIM: WHEN I ATTENDED U.OF T. (TORONTO ) MANY YEARS AGO
WE WERE TOLD THE FOLLOWING INTEGRAL COULD NOT BE
SOLVED : a to power x squared . is this still true ?
CURIOUS , JIM Answered by Robert Dawson. 





An impossible trig problem 
20090314 

From Alisha: If csc theta = 3 and sec theta = square root of 3, what are the values of tan theta and cos^2 theta? Answered by Harley Weston. 





9(d+5)=3(d3)+6d 
20080619 

From davontay: 9(d+5)=3(d3)+6d Answered by Harley Weston. 





How many people are in the race? 
20060407 

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





sin(kx) = x 
20051020 

From David: What is an integer value for k so that sin(kx) = x has exactly 2005 solutions? How does one arrive at the answer? Answered by Harley Weston. 





An isosceles triangle...with 
20050423 

From Shannon: If given an isosceles triangle...with
Is there any possible way to do this, without knowing a side, if so, please
explain in detail. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A schedule for 6 teams 
20040910 

From Greg: I have a schedule I need to make of 6 teams. They must play each other once however no team can be the away team twice in a row. There must be 3 home games and 3 away games for each team. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Integrating e^sin(x) 
20040804 

From A student: I need to know that how to solve the integral " e^sin x", Answered by Harley Weston. 





The area of a lot 
20040309 

From Dave:
If our lot is 192.71 x 138.79 x 158.74 x 103.08
Question is what percentage of an acre is our lot?
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Tapes and CD's 
20001022 

From Arnold: Nicole has 25 CDs and tapes altogether. When she tries to pair them up, she has 4 CDs left over. How many tapes does Nicole have? Answered by Penny Nom. 

