







The diagonals of a polygon 
20160129 

From Sofia: What are diagonals and if you drew an octagon and drew all the diagonals how many would there be? Please explain because this is pretty confusing! Thank you! Answered by Harley Weston. 





More on millions and billions 
20100311 

From julio: shouldn't the thousands of millions, tens of thousands of millions, and hundreds of thousands of millions be called what they are? technically they are not billions because billions come after 999,999,999,999 . It would sound better to call the numbers by their real name when economists talk about the national deficit besides mathematics is a very precise science that doesn't admit mistakes. Or am I wrong? I know that in other countries is expressed different than here. I have this question to different people and nobody has a "logical" explanation to it. " that's the way is here in the US" does not explain any thing Answered by Penny Nom. 





Foiled by foil 
20090720 

From RAY: how u do the foil ?
the question (x+4)(x+5) Answered by Robert Dawson. 





16 golfers 
20090318 

From Bill: We have 16 golfers. We golf for 5 days, in foursomes. It should work out that each player plays with each other player 1 time exactly.
I just can't figure it out.
Thank you in advance!
Bill Answered by Claude Tardif and Victoria West. 





A barrel on its side 
20081113 

From Dave: Question from Dave:
How many gallons are left in a 36x60 in. barrel (laying on its side) and has 16 in. of gasoline left. I have attached a diagram. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Calculating the area (acreage) of a four sided lot 
20070718 

From A property owner: I have a real estate property and the lot size is something I need to find out. I know the lengths of the four sides, but it isn't a rectangle, it is an odd shape. How do I find the acreage? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Lot size / acreage (more than three sides) 
20070511 

From Martha: What is the lot size of the following dimensions equivalent to acre.
141.85 x 52.55 x 217.63 x 38.89 x 68.08 Answered by Penny Nom and Stephen La Rocque. 





Finding the area of a regular polygon 
20070504 

From Dana: We are trying to figure the square footage of a tetradecagon....sort of a round house with 14 sides that are 8 ft' in length. It has a height of 9 ft. How do we figure the square footage of this? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Calculating volume of concrete, dirt, sand, anything. 
20061117 

From Debbie: [This article contains a special calculator to help you find the volume (for example, the cubic yards) of material required to fill (or empty) a space if you know the length, width and depth.]
We are wanting to pour a 24'x30' slab that is 5" deep. How many cubic yards of cement do we need? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Billions and more! and even more! 
20040301 

From Steph: What comes after undecillion? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Billions and more! 
19970915 

From Mahabir B. Gupta: I would like to know how you americans write the number 1 billion. Do you say "One thousand million"..can you answer by giving me examples? 1,000,000> 1 million 1,000,000,000>1 billion Why is it that in spanish it is different? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why is lbs the abbreviation for pounds? 
19961003 

From Nancy Mutdosch: What does lbs stand for? Why is it the abbreviation for pounds? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Covering a floor with plank flooring 
20161204 

From sandra: my bathroom is 5'x6'.2"
i want to purchase plank flooring which covers 19.8 sq ft per box.
how many boxes would i need. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The diagonals of a cube 
20161202 

From Peter: when u have a cube and the inner diagonal is 41.6 how long is the outside diagonal Answered by Penny Nom. 





Building a pyramid 
20161201 

From Jesse: I'm trying to build a 30"by30"by 18.25"tall pyramid,what should my cutting measurements be? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Acres and miles 
20161130 

From Carolyn: If I am running a pipeline of 1,100 miles, how many one acre plots will it take to cover this distance?
Carolyn Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is every rectangle a rhombus? 
20161128 

From Robert: not every rectangle is a rhombus.true or false? if false please leave a short explanation. thank you:) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A stone walkway around a garden 
20161127 

From Abigail: A garden measures 12 feet by 16 feet. The family would like to add a stone walkway around the garden. This would increase the total area of to 302.25 square feet. what will be the width of the of the walkway Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two tangent circles 
20161127 

From mikee: find the equation of a circle tangent to the circle x2+y2=4
and with the center at (0,5) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A circle inscribed in an equilateral triangle 
20161127 

From jo: what is the radius of the inscribed circle of an equilateral triangle with altitude 12 units? Answered by Penny Nom. 





2^x= 2x  11 
20161127 

From Kathy: I don't know how to start this problem:
2^x= 2x  11 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. 





Simultaneous equations 
20161125 

From Rohan: x2/3 + y  1/4 = 13/12
2x/2 + 3 + y/3 = 11/6 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Radius angle and arc length 
20161124 

From pavidthra: Length or arc 11 and angle of subtended 45.need to find a radius Answered by Penny Nom. 





Multiplication and repeated addition 
20161123 

From Anandmay: Hello
I was looking closely at early arithmetic where I found how we discovered properties of Arithmetic.
Like:2 x 3 = 3 x 2.
This can be proved by considering a 2D figure(actually,quadrilateral) having length consisting of 2 boxes of
1by1 dimensions and breadth of 3 boxes of the same dimensions.
Now,consider it again,but,this time,length of 3,and breadth of 2 of such 1 by 1 boxes.
We now notice that we can fit the 2 types of rectangles formed on each other precisely.
So the multiplicative property of commutativity is true for all natural numbers as we can generalize the result(in our mind,for self satisfaction).
Now,can you find me a nice satisfactory reason of why a fraction times a natural number equals the number times the fraction?
I mean, for example,i can understand the meaning of 3 x 2/3 to be three times 23rd,that is, 2/3+2/3+2/3.Fair enough.
But here is the problem:By definition and actual meaning of multiplication, a x b means the repeated sum of b,done 'a' times.
So what is the meaning of doing 2/3 x 3?The repeated addition of 3 how many times??2/3 times??Not making sense,right?And even
we have not proved yet the commutative property of numbers INCLUDING fractions.So how can we resolve this problem and make these things meaningful?
Thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why are equivalent fractions equal? Part 2. 
20161122 

From Anandmay: Hi!
I saw one of your answered questions:Why are equivalent fractions equal?
The same question I had for why i searched and ended up entering this wonderful site.
The answer was so much experimental based.I mean,for example,it was explained how
3/4 was equal to 6/8 by dividing a unit into 4 equal parts and taking four of the parts,and then dividing the
same unit into 8 equal parts and then taking 6 of them.The result was that both the taken parts were equal.
(That is,3 out of 4 equal parts were equal to 6 of the 8 equal parts.)
But,this was very much nongeneralized and experimentalbased result(proof).
And we all know that in mathematics,we confirm some particular thing for all the numbers iff we generalize
it.
So,can you explain more clearly 'HOW' the 3 parts of the 4 equal parts and the 6 of the 8 equal parts of the unit
equal(that is the same)?I don't want experimental proof.I want clear proof,and thus please give a generalized
proof for all fractions and their equivalents.
Thanks! Answered by Penny Nom. 





A square inside a circle inside a square 
20161113 

From Jeff: Greetings,
I came across a question from a textbook from years ago. I've been trying to solve it, but am not sure if my approach is correct.
There are 2 squares (1 inner, 1 outer) & 1 circle.
The inner square is the largest square that will fit inside the circle. It has an area of 1 unit.
The circle is the biggest that will fit in the outer square.
What is the area of the outer square? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The amount of material remaining on a roll 
20161111 

From Yoh:
Question from Yoh:
Hello,
I am trying to find impressions on a roll (either full roll or partial).
Let's say I have the following information.
 Outer Diameter of roll
 Inner Diameter of roll (cardboard core)
 thickness per layer
 Each cut off length (impression length)
Now let's say a roll has a 40in outer diameter, the cardboard core has a 3.75in diameter and a thickness of .002. Each impression has a cut off of 14inches.
With this the roll will have approximately 2,700 impressions. How would I find the remaining impressions if the outer diameter of the roll is only 6.5inches?
Thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A fish and eight parakeets 
20161111 

From Cindy: Cindys fish weighs 8 times as much as her parakeet. Together the pets weigh 63 ounces. How much does the fish weigh? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An equation with fractions 
20161109 

From Tina: How do you solve x+1/3=x+2/5. X+1 divided by 3= x+2 divided by 5. What's x= Answered by Penny Nom. 





Volume of liquid remaining in a tilted cylinder 
20161108 

From Brian: I am trying to determine the amount of a liquid remaining in a 55 gallon drum when it is tilted at 45 degrees and the liquid level is low enough so that the liquid does not completely cover the bottom of the drum.
Your help is greatly appreciated. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The area of a rectangle 
20161105 

From Ivan: If the vertices of a rectangle are a(1,3),b(3,4),and c(1,4),find it area. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A key for a lock with five tumblers 
20161102 

From Aeriel: A lock works by having a key turn a sequence of tumblers. Consecutive tumblers have different heights, and in order to unlock the lock, the sequence of heights on the key must exactly match those of the lock. The picture below shows a lock with four tumblers.
How many different keys can be made for a lock that has 7 tumblers with 5 possible heights each? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A problem with a recipe 
20161031 

From Ted: Recipe calls for 3 1/2 c of sugar & 4 c of water. I only have 3c of sugar how much water do I use Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three circles 
20161030 

From yolani: two equal circles with centre A (1;1)and B (4;5)touch a third circle with centre P as shown in the diagram. If P ,A and B Lie on a straight line find the coordinates of P Answered by Penny Nom. 





A pattern rule for a sequence 
20161028 

From Grace: Here's a Grade 7 question, we need to find the pattern rule:
1  1
2  3
3  6
4  10
......
It may involve exponents, but we can't seem to figure it out.
thank you.
Grace. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Parallel lines 
20161026 

From Jordan: (7,5) 3x 4y=5 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. 





The volume of a hexagonal pyramid 
20161021 

From Elizabeth: Find the height of a hexagonal pyramid with a volume of 1320 ft ^3. The area of the base is 120 ft^2. Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many marbles does Haley have? 
20161019 

From Pat: Sabrina has 1/4 the marbles as Haley.
They have 305 total. How many marbles does Haley have? Answered by Penny Nom. 





y = mx + c and Ax + By + C = 0 
20161018 

From Erick: please explain to me how to convert an equation from the form y=mx+c to Ax+By+C=o form. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The degree of 2x + 7 
20161017 

From Deejay: How about when the given has no degree and the other has a constant only, For example 2x + 7,
where's the leading term and what is its leading coefficient? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Travelling upstream and downstream 
20161017 

From Kathleen: It took a boat 2 hours to reach town A going upstream. The way back was 1h20 min. What is the speed of the boat in still water if the speed of the stream is 3 mph? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A circle formed from bending a wire 
20161016 

From Deszaree: The same piece of a wire is bent to form a circle
calculate:
a, the radius of the circle
b, the area of the circle Answered by Penny Nom. 





A probability question concerning eggs 
20161016 

From Brian: Two participants are alternatively selecting eggs from a basket of 6 hardboiled eggs and 6 uncooked eggs.
Alternatively they are smashing the eggs on their foreheads. One participant gets 4 hard boiled eggs in a row and the other person gets 4 uncooked eggs in a row.
What is the probability of this occurring (I watched this happen).
Thank you
Brian Answered by Penny Nom. 





A linear relationship 
20161016 

From Bianca: x represents the number of hours since 8am. y represents the number of children the school nurse has seen during the school day. The nurse has seen 3 children by 8am and 27 children by noon.
How many children has the nurse seen at 2pm?
If the nurse has seen 18 children, what time is it? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An airplane schedule 
20161014 

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





Selina saved $6 on a 20% off sale 
20161014 

From Myra: I don't know how to help my child answer this question  Selina bought a shirt on sale that was 20% less than the original price. The original price was $6 more than the sale price. What was the original price? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A five digit number 
20161012 

From Massa: Explain why any four digit number is less than any five digit number? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How far is the boat from the harbour? 
20161006 

From Karabo: a boat sails 30 km due east from a harbour. Then it sails 40 km due north. How far is it from the harbour? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A triple product 
20161003 

From sam: Let a and b are vectors such that
Vector a = (1,1,2)
Vector b = (2,1,1)
And let vector c be a unit vector such that triple product of a,b,c is
minimum . We have to find the value of c.
[Thoughts]
I thought triple product of a b, c means the volume occupied by
parallelepiped. And we have to do volume minimum Answered by Penny Nom. 





The equation of a line 
20161001 

From Miriam: write the equation of the line that passes through (6,7) and is perpendicular to 3x+5y=0 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The equation of a circle 
20160930 

From Trent: write the equation of circle B with center B(2,3) that passes through (1,2) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Hexagonal pyramid bevel angles 
20160930 

From Peter: I have seen your response to a similar question from Steve which Chris and Harley responded to, however I am not familiar with some of the terms. Is there a formula that I can enter my details in which will give me the specific angles I require. The item I am constructing is much larger than the one you responded to previously. Thank you for any assistance you are able to provide. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 2 million gallon tank 
20160928 

From Kimberly: I have a tank that is shaped like a cylinder, and it has to hold 2 million
gallons of water. There is a height limit of 30 ft.
I know the equation is V=pi x r squared x h but I don't know if I need anything
For the square foot of water. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Jenny, Charles and Chase have some butterflies 
20160926 

From Kyla: Jenny cares 7 times as many butterflies as Charles.
Charles catches 2 times as much as Chase.
All together they have 560 butterflies.
How many butterflies does each person have?
Please help, I am very confused on how to solve the problem.
Thank you! Answered by Penny Nom. 





2,0061234...484950 
20160924 

From Mimi: Compute the following:
2,0061234…484950 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The length of stock on a roll 
20160923 

From Ken: I have a roll that is 13.5 inches wide ( OD) , and is wound on a 3 inch core. the thickness of the material is 3.5 thick.
Do you know of a formula that can calculate the linear feet on that roll?? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Standard form 
20160922 

From anna: ok. i have b=2/3x+5/7. im supposed to change it to standard form. how do i do that? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The width of a 300 foot long rectangular acre 
20160921 

From Debbie: If 2 sides of a 1 acre plot is 300 feet each what are the other 2 sides? The acre is a rectangle. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The distance around a warehouse 
20160921 

From Chuck: How far do I walk when I walk around a 751,000 sq. ft. warehouse? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two equations 
20160917 

From Nilesh: How to solve (xy)^1/2 + 3(xy) = 30 ; xy + 3(xy) = 11? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Integrate (x^2  4x + 4) ^4/3 
20160915 

From Ifah: Hi i have questions please answer
Integral 2 sampai 3 dari (x²  4x + 4) ^4/3 dx Answered by Penny Nom. 





20/2 + 2 * 2^2 + 6 = 8 
20160915 

From Simone: 20/2 + 2 * 2^2 + 6 = 8
insert brackets to make this true Answered by Penny Nom. 





The equation of a ski slope 
20160831 

From Hannah: The information provided is
A ski slope has a slope of 0.2. You start at an altitude of 10,000ft.
Then the question is "Write the equation giving altitude (a) as a function of horizontal distance moved (d).
I know this is probably a very simple question but I didn't take a math class my senior year and now I'm a freshman in college, so some of it is very frustrating to me.
Any help is much appreciated, thank you! Answered by Penny Nom. 





The dimensions of a rectangle 
20160831 

From Hazym: How do I find the length(which is 15m longer than the breadth) and the breadth of a rectangle just by its perimeter which is 70 m? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Exponential form 
20160831 

From Lily: Hi! I was wondering, I was having a little issue understanding this one problem. It was "write 81 in exponential 2 different ways" and I already got 9(2) but I was wondering what the second one could be! Thanks! Lily Answered by Penny Nom. 





Todd Matt and Jeff 
20160830 

From Lisa: Three brothers spent different amounts of money on their recent vacation.
Matt spent $25 less than Todd.
Jeff spent 3 times as much as Matt.
How much did each brother spend if they spent a total of $275?
Check answer required
T= Todd Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two sequences 
20160820 

From Ting: The first four terms of a sequence are 4, 20, 56 and 120. By comparing with the nth term of sequence 1,5,14 and 30 which is 1/6n(n+1)(2n+1), find a formula for nth term. Can you precisely show out how you do this questions ( with the steps please) Answered by Penny Nom. 





I bought 3 books for $150.00 
20160820 

From Shavon: if i bought 3 books for $150.00 and 1 of the books cost 50% more than both other books combined what's the price of the more expensive book? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A suspension bridge 
20160818 

From sai: The main cable of a suspension bridge has the shape of a parabola. The cables are strung from the top of two towers, 61 metres apart, each 15.25 metres high above the roadway. The cable is 1.5 metres above the roadway at the point that is directly between the towers.
h(x)=a(x30.5)^2+1.5
where a is the constant and its value to be determined.
a) determine the value of the constant a by using that the fact that height of the suspension cable, h(x) is 15.25 metres at each tower. Hence, write the updated model equation. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The ages of 10 children 
20160817 

From Diann: Sum total of the ages of 10 children 10 children is 110, what are their ages if all are 2 years apart?
thank you Answered by Penny Nom. 





A search area 
20160813 

From tammy: if your searching an area and you go 300 km from point A and search 380° what or how much area would you search? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Covering an octagonal region with sand 
20160813 

From Lynn: How much sand is needed to fill a 20 ft. wide octagon area 6 inches deep? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a circle 
20160812 

From sandeep: if circumference of a circle is πd what is the area? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A ship and a light 
20160811 

From Kirby: A ship is sailing due west when a light is observed with heading 297°50' from the ship. After the ship has travelled 2250 feet, the light heads 311°55' from the ship. If the course is continued, how close will the ship approach the light? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 15% discount 
20160809 

From eunice: brian brought a printer sale at the store. the discount was 15%, and brian saved 550. what was the printer original price? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two lots 
20160808 

From Deniece: I have 2 lots that are joined together. One lot is 38' X 105' and the other is 45' X 105'. What is the total in acre size. Or, how close are these lots to make one full acre? I want to sell both lots and want to advertise using the total lot size. Thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Carlos, Mark, Jeremy, and Alan collect Yugioh cards 
20160808 

From justin: Carlos, Mark, Jeremy, and Alan all collect Yugioh cards. Mark has twice as many cards as Jeremy. Carlos has 3 times as many cards as Jeremy, and Alan has collected 12 less than 3 times as many cards as Jeremy. Together the four players have collected 456 cards. How many does each person have? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The diameter of a cylindrical tin 
20160804 

From Scott: a cylindrical tin is 15 inches high and holds 5 gallons of paint when it is full. Find the diameter of the tin.
(1 gallon = 0.1605 cubic feet) Answered by Penny Nom. 





The modulus of a complex number 
20160729 

From Cheyenne: There's a question on my Summer Assignment I cant figure out. Here it is:
Find the absolute Value of the complex number. 5i
Please help? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The circumcentre of a triangle 
20160728 

From Raj: If the vertices of triangle ABC are A(4,1) B(1,2) C(4,3) then find coordinates of circumcentre of triangle Answered by Penny Nom. 





The dimensions of a rectangle 
20160725 

From Krunox: A rectangle is twice as long as it is wide. Its perimeter (the sum of the lengths of its sides) is 60 cm. Find its length and width. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A cubic equation 
20160725 

From Chinmay: x³2x²7x+5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The number of sides of a polygon 
20160723 

From Shriya: All the angles of a polygon are either 155° or 140°.
There are twice as many angles of 155 °or 140°.
Find the number of sides of the polygon Answered by Penny Nom. 





The temperature inside and outside a greenhouse 
20160722 

From Mehzad: Every day, the temperature in a greenhouse is at its low temperature, 70 degrees Fahrenheit, at 2 a.m. and at its high temperature, 84 degrees Fahrenheit, at 2pm. Its temperature increases linearly between 2 am and 2pm , and decreases linearly from 2 pm and to 2am. The outside temperature follows the same linear patterns, but has a low temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit at 2 am and a high temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit at 2 pm. At which of the following times will the temperature inside and outside the greenhouse be the same?
a) 8:00 am
b) 12:00 noon
c) 4:00 pm
d) The two temperatures will never be the same Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two equations with fractions 
20160722 

From kanesh: p/2+q/3=3
p/4+2q/3=3 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Which term of this sequence has value 8? 
20160720 

From Lauren: Hi there
Which term in the sequence 2; 5/3; 4/3 ; 1; ... has a value of 8.
Since term 2 and 3 of this sequence contain fractions which can be converted to recurring decimals. What is the best way to work out the common difference here.
I do however understand that to work out the nth term of an arithmetic series, the following formula Tn = a + (n1)d. In this series a = 2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A congruence theorem for two right angled triangles 
20160717 

From Sayari: Hello.
Is it possible for two right angled triangles to have the same length of base and height and a different hypotenuse? If not so, then why in the congruence criteria RHS the hypotenuse is given more importance? It can also be like 'two triangles are congruent if they are right angled and have the same base and height.'
Thank You. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The composition of a function with itself 
20160717 

From Mel: If f(1 + 3x) = 1 * x, solve f(f(x)) Answered by Penny Nom. 





If x+y=7 and x^2+y^2=42, then xy equals? 
20160717 

From Mehzad: If x+y=7 and x^2+y^2=42, then xy equals? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A train from Erie to New York 
20160714 

From carol: a train leaves Erie with twice as many women as men. At York, 17 men get on and 16 women . How many men and women were originally on the train?off. There are now the same number of men as women Answered by Penny Nom. 





Lisa went for a run 
20160714 

From Olive: Lisa ran 3km north and then 4 km east what was her total distance Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 1.4 acre square 
20160628 

From Jamie: Dear Faithfullness,
I was previously to be purchasing a square 1 acre plot, which I believe was to have 209feet, 4 sides perimeter.
How big would a 1.4 acre site be?
In sq feet length ie original 209ft + (the adeed 0.4) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Triakis 
20160627 

From Gordon: Some authorities treat "triakis" (and related terms "dyakis", "tetrakis", etc.) as attached prefixes; others treat them as separate adjectives. Thus I see one of the Catalan solids described as both "triakistetrahedron" and "triakis tetrahedron". Which usage is correct? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Slope 
20160627 

From Ashiq: What is 1% slope if length 101 feet? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An equation involving pi 
20160626 

From Diaz: How would you solve :
( pie*X)/ 4 = pie/2
I have no idea.what to do! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Simultaneous equations 
20160625 

From sena: 2x/3+3y/2=1
4x5y=22
simultaneous equation Answered by Penny Nom. 





An open ball is an open set? 
20160623 

From Aqeel: Theorem: The open ball is an open set? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Cubic feet of soil 
20160619 

From H: A garden is 8 ft x 7 ft that needs to raised 6 inch's How many cubic feet of soil required ? What am I missing ?
Thanks
H Answered by Penny Nom. 





Quadrilateral 
20160614 

From Muhib: Is there a quadrilateral with 0 sets of parallel sides. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The difference between the ares of two rectangles 
20160609 

From Ingrid: I am trying to help my son with an area question.
I have the answer, from the solutions, but I cannot figure out how to teach him.
Question:
Two rectangles have lengths 13cm and 19cm respectively.
Their total area is 376cm squared.
If both their widths are whole numbers, what is the difference in their areas?
I know that this is solvable once I determine the widths of the rectangles ,
but how do I go about finding that?
Thanks for your help Answered by Chris Fisher and Harley Weston. 





Implicit differentiation 
20160606 

From Pranay: Is a circle x^2+y^2=2 a function? If it is not a function,
why is it possible to do implicit differentiation on it?
Thanks. 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. 





John and Max walk to meet each other 
20160529 

From abhay: The speeds of John and Max are 30 km/h and 40 km/h.Initially Max is at a place L and John is at a place M. The distance between L and M is 650 km. John started his journey 3 hours earlier than Max to meet each other. If they meet each other at a place P somewhere between L and M, then the distance between P and M is? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A barn roof 
20160529 

From Joe: Is it possible to build a barn roof (irregular pentagon?) with a 12' base and the other 4 sides 4' each? Thanks. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Placing a sphere in a cylinder of water 
20160527 

From Fiona: Hi the question i have is, if I have a cylinder filled with water and the volume of the water is 150Pi what would the rise in the level of the water be if you put a sphere into the cylinder with a volume of 500/3Pi? Sorry if it's a bit long winded Answered by Penny Nom. 





A cylinder in a cube 
20160525 

From Sonia: A cylinder has the same height and diameter as the sides of a cube use 3.14~ which has the greater volume Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a 4sided lot 
20160525 

From prasad: How to find area of a land whose sides are 41ft,33ft,32.3ft and 33.2 ft. Pl give me the formula and proof. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two pieces of rope 
20160521 

From Render: Fred cuts a 12 inch piece of rope. Then he cuts a second piece of rope that is 3/2 longer than the first piece. Is the second piece shorter or longer than the first piece? Explain. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A trough with a triangular cross section 
20160521 

From Clarice: A trough having an equilateral triangle end sections has sides equal to 0.4 m and 7m long.what is the volume of the liquid in the container if the depth of the water is one half the depth of the trough? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Euler's polyhedron formula 
20160520 

From Antonia: why does not cylinders follow Euler's polyhedron formula ( VE+F=2) ??
if a cylinder has 3 faces, 2 edges and 0 vertices it doesn't follow Euler's formula??? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The tens digit of a number is five times the unit digit 
20160519 

From sanjeev: The tens digit of a number is five times the unit digit. Find the number? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Filling a pit with glass pebbles 
20160517 

From Sam: I need to know how many pounds of glass pebbles are needed to fill a 24 inch across circular fire pit, if 5 pounds covers 4"H x 4"W x2"D? Thank u for any assistance, Sam Answered by Penny Nom. 





A puzzle embedded in a table top 
20160513 

From Aaron: I want to make a table with a puzzle embedded in it. The table top would be a
36" circle and the puzzle is 20"x27" I'm thinking that it's not going to fit,
but not sure. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Aaron Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a truncated rectangular pyramidal pond 
20160513 

From Paul: How do you calculate a partially filled truncated rectangular pyramid if you always know the bottom rectangle, the maximum height top rectangle perimeter, but have a varying height. Similar to filling up a pond you know the current height and dimensions at the max rectangle how do you calculate it half full i.e. 10x30 outside perimeter with a 2x8 base and a max height of 6ft how do you calculate it at 3ft without remeasuring the top perimeter.
Thanks,
Paul Answered by Penny Nom. 





A pair of equations with fractions 
20160511 

From tiya: hello, i want to know how to solve this question.
m/6+2n/3=6
m/10=2n/5=2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 70% off sale 
20160511 

From virginia: If the sale price is $129.99 @ 70% off  what was the original price? Answered by Penny Nom. 





At what time will Sara catch up with Jake? 
20160507 

From Laura: At 11:00 a.m., Jake started driving along a highway at constant speed of 50 miles per hour. A quarter of an hour later, Sara started driving along the same highway in the same direction as Jake at the constant speed of 65 miles per hour. At what time will Sara catch up with Jake? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A rectangular field 
20160507 

From Jan: A rectangular field is 63m long and 21m wide. A fence of 2m in height is needed to fence the field and fencing is also required to divide the field in three square sections. There are three wooden gates measuring at 1.5m to the three sections of the field. What is the total surface area of the fence needed for fencing and diving the field? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 3 hour river cruise 
20160506 

From Jan: A 3 hour river cruise goes 15km upstream and then back again.The river has a current speed of 2km/h.what is the boat's speed and how long was the upstream journey? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Converting ml to g 
20160428 

From Lerato: I would like to know which formula should I use to convert ml to g? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Solve 2^2x + 3(2^x)  4 = 0 
20160427 

From Lloyd: Solve the equation 2^2x + 3(2^x)  4 = 0 Answered by Penny Nom. 





One million is six percent of what number? 
20160426 

From Colleen: One million is six percent of what number?
Thanks! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dimes and pennies 
20160426 

From Renae: Charity has 42 more pennies than dimes. Hope has 7 times as many pennies than dimes. Hope and Charity have the same number of dimes. Together they have $5.46. How many dimes and pennies do each have? Answered by Penny Nom. 





sin 2x  sin x = 0 
20160424 

From lilly: sin 2x  sin x = 0 0 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A triangle inscribed in a circle 
20160422 

From Olyana: I am struggling with this question! Help!
So, there is a circle. In the circle, there is an equilateral triangle inscribed.
Each side of the triangle is 20. There is no other info given, other than
the triangle is inscribed in the circle and the sides of the triangle are 20.
I am supposed to find the radius of the circle! Please help! Answered by Penny Nom. 





600(1+0.05)^7 
20160421 

From chelsey: I am unsure on how to solve this problem, 600(1+0.05) 7 ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A sector of a circle 
20160421 

From mustafa: In a sector of a circle, the arc length is equal to half the perimeter of a sector.find the area of a sector in terms of r Answered by Penny Nom. 





15.86 acres 
20160421 

From Ronald: If a rectangular piece of land is 1320 ft. on one side, how many feet would be required on the other side to equal 15.86 acres? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A square of side length 4x3 units 
20160420 

From Bryan: Find an expression that represents the area of a square with side length 4x3 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. 





The derivative of x! 
20160416 

From Sang: How to find the derivative of x! and integral of x! 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. 





Sloping my yard away from my house 
20160415 

From Harold: I need to slope a area of my yard away from my house and garage. The length of my house is 80 feet long and i need to slope it 22 feet away. I want to raise the dirt at the foundation by 6 inches and slope it down to nothing at the width of 22 feet. How much soil would i require? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A scale factor 
20160413 

From tonya: What is the scale factor for the two figures regular octagon with 15 and 9 written in decimal form Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mrs. Gibson has 3 children 
20160412 

From MJ: Mrs. Gibson has 3 children. The older ones are twins. The youngest one is 3 years
younger than the twins. If the sum of their ages is 102, how old is the youngest
one? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area and the perimeter of a rectangle 
20160412 

From kimberly: is there a relationship between the are and the perimeter of a rectangle?
explain. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The diagonal of a 10 acre square 
20160411 

From Derrick: I own 100 acre square of land. I want to run from farthest corner of property to farthest corner, Diagonally. How many miles would I have traveled? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Conversion of an equation 
20160411 

From Marie: How to you convert the equation of a line from xintercept form
(y=(xx1)(xx2)) to general form (y=ax^2+bx+c) if it involves square
roots?
For example:
Convert this equation to general form: y=(x+the square root of 5)^2
Thanks for the help! Answered by Penny Nom. 





A road trip word problem 
20160410 

From Marc: While on a road trip I imagined this random word problem. Suppose I start a trip of 75 miles. My initial speed is 75 miles per hour. After every mile traveled I decrease my speed by one mile per hour. After the first mile I decrease my speed to 74 miles per hour and so on for each subsequent mile traveled. How long will it take to complete the 75 mile journey? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a circle and a square 
20160410 

From Richard: I cannot understand why if you have a perimeter say of 4 units as the circumference of
a circle then you reshape it into a square you lose very approximately some 20% of its
volume but the perimeter length stays the same.
Can you please explain this to me as to why the volume decreases. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A stained glass cone lamp 
20160409 

From Edwin: In making a 16" dia. cone lamp (stained glass), how many square feet of glass do I need. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Setting up a pool 
20160409 

From BETH: i am trying to cover an area for a 15x15 foot round pool with play sand before I set up the pool. My playsand bag is 50 lbs , says it covers .5 cubic feet per bag. How many bags do I need? 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. 





Maximizing the area of a two lot region 
20160403 

From yousef: A man wishes to enclose two separate lots with 300m of fencing. One lot is a square and the other a rectangle whose length is twice its width. Find the dimensions of each lot if the total area is to be a minimum. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The last two digits of a phone number 
20160403 

From Joshua: I want to find the last two digits of a phone number whose first eight numbers of a ten digit phone numbers are known. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a cone 
20160331 

From Odum: Find the volume of a cone with radius 6.5cm and height 12.6cm Answered by Penny Nom. 





When does sqrt(x^2+y^2)=x+y? 
20160330 

From Margret: when does sqrt(x^2+y^2)=x+y Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tilted cylinder tank 
20160328 

From Astri: I have a problem determining the fluid level for tilted cylinder tank.
Actually I've found some solution here for horizontal cylinder tank. What if the cylinder
is tilted at a certain degree, for example 30 degree from the vertical axis.
Thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The remainder theorem 
20160327 

From Pratyasha: A quadratic polynomial when divide by x+2 leaves a remainder of 1 and when divided by x1 leaves a remainder of 4. What will be the remainder if it is divided by (x+2)(x1)? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a box with a hexagonal base 
20160327 

From Frank: how many gallons of water in an 8" hexagon shaped box. 6" sides x 12.5" high ? The walls are 1" thick , beveled @ 30 degrees, so inside dimensions are 6" Answered by Penny Nom. 





A square based box and a cylinder 
20160326 

From rajpal: i m trying to calculate an area required to hold 4.4 mln cubic metres of volume.
I used square and I get below result
A box shape that has dimensions 1500 meters (1.5km) by 1500 meters (1.5km) by 2 meters depth has a volume of:
= 4,500,000 cubic meters (4.5 mln cubic meters)
but when I use a cylinder shape, i get below result
A cylindrical shape that has a radius of 850 meters and a depth of 2 meters has a volume of:
= 4,539,600 cubic meters (4.54 mln cubic meters approx)
why is it that the cylinder, though of same depth holds more volume than a square?
kindly clarify. Answered by Penny Nom. 





An isosceles triangle inscribed in a circle 
20160325 

From NIHAL: A isosceles triangle is inscribed in a circle having sides 20cm,20cm,30cm. find the radius of circle Answered by Penny Nom. 





Polynomial division 
20160325 

From Ashley: (4x4+6x^3x^2)/(3x2)
The instructions say to "perform the division". Answered by Penny Nom. 





Travelling in a spacecraft 
20160325 

From julie: if i was travelling in a spacecraft at the speed of light and i turned on my headlight would i see the beam ? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





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. 





Biking and jogging 
20160317 

From alondra: Ricky went on a bike ride. After 6 miles he got a flat tire and had to jog home. He jogs 3mph slower than he bikes, so the jog took 1 hour longer than the bike ride. At what rate did he travel each way? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The perimeter of a rectangle 
20160317 

From Linda: Noel correctly adds the length of three sides of a rectangle and gets 88 cm her brother Ryan correctly adds the lengths of three sides of the same rectangle and gets 80cm. What is the number of cm in the perimeter of the rectangle Answered by Penny Nom. 





A block wall 
20160315 

From Robert: I have a wall 40 ft. long and 4 ft. tall as well as another one that is 30 ft by 3.5 ft. tall that I am trying to build. how many 6 inch by 12 inch landscaping blocks do I need? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sides of a triangle 
20160315 

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





Angles 
20160312 

From Laurynn: What are angles in general (please include the 'angle of incline')
Thank you
Laurynn Answered by Penny Nom. 





The integral of a sum 
20160310 

From Rahul: How to solve definite integral of a sum. The specific problem is as follows,
Integral of ( 1+ sum of x^k, k=1 to k=n), x=0 to x=b *dx.
The answer is b + sum of b^(k)/k, k=2, to k=n+1. I understand only the integral
of first term. But integral of the sum I do not understand at all. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A circle and a chord 
20160310 

From Mujtaba: The distance of a chord of length 16 cm, from the centre of the circle of diameter 20 cm 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. 





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. 





Tiling a floor 
20160305 

From joanne: How many floor tiles 20x20 inch do I need for area of 8x 12 ft.? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a rectangle 
20160303 

From Lucas: The area of a rectangle is given by A=x2+18x+72
use factoring to find an expression for the dimensions of the rectangle.
if the area of the rectangle is 7 square feet, what are the possible values of x?
what are the dimensions of a rectangle? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Corrosion inhibitor in a pipeline 
20160302 

From Edu: I have a 12 in pipeline and 5 miles long. I need to coat it with corrosion inhibitor how much chemical will I need Answered by Penny Nom. 





Compressed Earth blocks 
20160302 

From John: how many 14"x10"x4" blocks do I need for a 1300sq foot house 8 foot high Answered by Penny Nom. 





A percentage problem 
20160302 

From jehanzaib: if x is a percentage: e.g. 40%
than what does "x/(1+x)" = 29%. what is the explanation. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A rectangular prism 
20160302 

From Paula: Trying to help with a math problem. I don't know how to set up the equation for this.
A rectangular prism has a volume of 7.875m3rd and a height of 3.5 m. What is the area of the base of the prism?
Thanks for your help! Answered by Penny Nom. 





An algebra problem with a sphere 
20160229 

From Sania: If the number of square centimeters on the surface area of a sphere is equal to the number of cubic centimeters in its volume find its diameter Answered by Penny Nom. 





A deck that is half an ellipse 
20160228 

From Steve: On your website, I was reading a question and your response from a girl named Angela in which you provided a formula by which her father, a welder, could figure out points on an arc corresponding to equal 3' intervals on a 30' chord where the vertex was 1' off the chord. Is there an equivalent formula when working with an ellipse? I suspect this change will make the calculations significantly more complex. I am building a deck that is half an oval, and would like to be able to mark out the perimeter by measuring the distance from regular intervals on the primary access to a corresponding point on the perimeter. I will then connect the points on the perimeter and cut a reasonably smooth arc. The length of the primary access will be 22' and width of the deck at the vertex is 9'. I would like to be able to know the distance from the primary axis to a point on the perimeter at equal intervals of 6" along the primary axis. Can you help? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 13 game bet 
20160228 

From farah: I'm trying to calculate the odds of a 13 game bet. Each game has 2 teams with 3 possible outcomes (win,draw,lose).
What are the odds. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem 
20160227 

From KRK: amrutha thinks of a number, multiplies it by 5 & 6, devides the result by 3
and takes away the number first thought of to get an answer 36. find out
the number Answered by Penny Nom. 





Solve for x and y 
20160227 

From ntshidi: Y=1/2x+4and1/4x6 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A place value drawing 
20160224 

From Kristin: Make a place value drawing of a number that has
double the number of tens as ones and three times
the number of thousands as hundreds write the number. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sum of the angles of a triangle 
20160224 

From Sophia: Does every triangle add up to 180 degrees? (Such as a unique triangle) Answered by Penny Nom. 





The evaluation of a 3 by 3 determinant 
20160219 

From Kristen: What is the stepbystep process on how to evaluate the determinant of a 3*3 matrix, using the expansion method (not the diagonal method) Answered by Penny Nom. 





The interior and external angles of a regular polygon 
20160217 

From percy: a regular polygon has n sides .The size of each interior angle is eight times the size of each exterior angle .
1.find the size of each exterior angle
2.calculate the value of n Answered by Penny Nom. 





Shooting a ball at a target 
20160216 

From Thys: Hi
I have a problem with the formula that i use .(for programming)
I have looked all over the web to find a solution but no luck.
I have a cannon that shoots a ball at a target
I use this formula to calculate what my initial velocity must be to hit the target
at a angle of 30 degrees and a distance of 15m (the cannon and target position is known)
It works perfectly if both is at same height but if one is higher or lower it miss.
In an example I am working with the range is 30m, the angle is 45 degrees and the target is 10m higher than my position.
Please help
Formula = V0 = √RG / Sin(2α) Answered by Harley Weston. 





Speed and velocity 
20160214 

From kechi: A boat sails south through Chesapeake Bay. It takes 10 hours to sail 110 kilometers. Describe the boat's motion. Calculate the boat's speed and velocity, showing the calculations. Explain how the boat's speed is different from its velocity Answered by Penny Nom. 





Perpendicular lines 
20160214 

From Brendon: points A (4; 6) , B (1;2), C (5;3) and D (4; 1) are given
prove that AC and BD are perpendicular to each other Answered by Penny Nom. 





Calendar arithmetic 
20160214 

From Jenalee: January 1, 2001 is Julian Day 2 451 911 (the number of days that have passed since Day 0, January 1, 4713 BC).
If Julian Day 0 was a Monday, what day of the week was January 1, 2001? Answered by Victoria West. 





Two equations in two unknowns 
20160213 

From Anumba: 4x + 2y = 4
7x  y = 11 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Todd is 3 years older than his brother Jack 
20160213 

From Victoria: Todd is 3 years older than his brother Jack. If Jack is x years old and Todd is y years old, write a rule that relates their ages over time. When Jack is 28 years old, how old will Todd be? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Travelling with and against he current 
20160209 

From Lloyd: A boat travelled 210 miles downstream and back. The trip downstream took 10hrs, the trip back took 70hrs
1. what is the speed of the current?
2. what is the speed of the boat in still water? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 2 digit number 
20160208 

From Lloyd: The sum of digits of a certain 2 digit number is 7.
Reversing its digits increases the number by 9.
Find the number Answered by Penny Nom. 





Backfilling a rectangular hole for a shop foundation 
20160208 

From Jeremy: Hello, I'm going to be backfilling a rectangular hole for a shop foundation and need to know how much concrete and gravel I'm going to need to fill it in. The shop foundation is 38 feet wide by 30 feet long and 4 feet deep, there is also a concrete perimeter going inside the foundation that measures 16 inches wide and goes all the way around the inside of the foundation Answered by Penny Nom. 





The equation of a vertical line 
20160207 

From Kagiso: The equation for a vertical line that goes through the point (7; 3) is? Answered by Penny Nom. 





38 is what percent of 400? 
20160207 

From chris: 38 is what percent of 400? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An exercise with factorials 
20160207 

From vidhi: find the value of n: (11/2) (22/3) (33/4)...(1515/16) = n!/16 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The midpoints of the sides of a quadrilateral 
20160205 

From Andrea: The segments, joining, in order the midpoints of consecutive sides of a quadrilateral form a parallelogram. Answered by Penny Nom. 





When will Scott and Jill have earned the same amount? 
20160204 

From kalia: Scott starts with $10 and earns $5 and hour. Jill starts with $40 and earns $3 and hour. when will the two have the same amount of money in the same hours? 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. 





Golf for 6  2 three balls 
20160201 

From Andy: We are shortly having a golf holiday in Phoenix. There are 6 people playing 6 rounds, so we will play in 2 three balls. Is there a combination of pairings that ensures everyone plays with each other the same number of times. Many thanks for your help ! Andy Answered by Victoria West. 





Which term of the series 2+7+12+...is 152? 
20160201 

From francis: whice term of the series 2+7+12+...is 152? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Simplify 
20160201 

From Sabira: Simplify step by step
5x/8 + 7y/18 = 6 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A quadrilateral inside a square 
20160130 

From Subrahmanya: In a square ABCD of side 6 units P, Q are mid points of BC, CD respectively. The line segments BQ, DP intersect in R then find the area of the quadrilateral ABRD using only plane geometry. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Consecutive angles of a parallelogram 
20160128 

From Hanna: The consecutive angles of a parallelogram measures Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two increases of 20% 
20160127 

From Z: How do I find how many books are in a library given a problem like this... The number of books increase after buying 20% more in May. The number increased again by 20% after they were given 300 books. How many books did it start with?. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two increases of 20% 
20160127 

From Z: How do I find how many books are in a library given a problem like this... The number of books increase after buying 20% more in May. The number increased again by 20% after they were given 300 books. How many books did it start with?. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Exponential form 
20160126 

From Jufe: What is the exponential form of ³√11x² Answered by Penny Nom. 





A chord of a circle, the central angle and the radius 
20160126 

From Nishan: If chord length is given along with angle then how to calculate the radius. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Exponential growth 
20160126 

From Paul: The value of a stamp was 0.03 in 1851. The value in 2011 is $50,000. If the value increased exponentially, what is the annual growth rate? Answered by Penny Nom. 





I was paid 67% of the total owed 
20160125 

From Julie: I was paid $27000. This is 67% of the Total Owed. The Total Owed is unknown. How do I calculate the amount of the Total Owed? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A system of linear equations 
20160124 

From kareem: my name is kareem
and i am a student i have a math puzzle and i tried to solved it but it always have same mistake
xy=9
x+z=12
zn=14
y+n=2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A quadratic equation with equal roots 
20160123 

From abdiwahid: X^2+2ax+4x+9a=0 is quadratic equation which has equal roots. Find the possible value of a? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The length of an 80 acre piece of land 
20160121 

From Eugene: Have to clear a piece of land 80 acres by 500 feet wide. What is the length of the property? Thanks Gene Answered by Penny Nom. 





Find two values of x satisfying f(x)=1 where f(x)=sin(ln(x)) 
20160121 

From Ruth: I'm trying to find two values of x satisfying f(x)=1 where f(x)=sin(ln(x)) Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a silo 
20160118 

From Clinton: Can you show me how to calculate the ground corn capacity in a steel silos of 10' x 10' high and 10' x 20' high and 10' x 24' high and 10' x 28' high Answered by Penny Nom. 





A Max/Min problem with an unknown constant 
20160117 

From Guido: Question:
The deflection D of a particular beam of length L is
D = 2x^4  5Lx^3 + 3L^2x^2
where x is the distance from one end of the beam. Find the value of x that yields the maximum deflection. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A limit of a rational function 
20160116 

From selvamani: F (x) = x^3+3x^29x2 / x^3x6 and limit x tends to 2, f (x) exist then limit x tends to 2, f (x) is equal to ? How to answer this problem. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The perimeter of a one quarter acre square 
20160115 

From Kerry: If you have a perfect square that is one quarter of an acre what are the length of the sides and how do you arrive at the solution? thank you, Kerry. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Complex numbers in standard form 
20160115 

From Michael: express the following complex numbers in standard form (2+3i)+(52i) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Solve 1/3 ( x5 ) + 4 =1/6 ( 2  3 x ) +1 for x 
20160115 

From edwin: 1/3 ( x5 ) + 4 =1/6 ( 2  3 x ) +1 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A rectangular enclosure 
20160115 

From Amber: A rancher wants to use 300ft of fencing to enclose a rectangular area of 4400 square feet. What dimensions should the rectangle be? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Countable and uncountable sets? 
20160115 

From wilson: what are the countable and uncountable sets? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A triangular shaped garden 
20160113 

From Demetrie: Dwayne's garden is triangleshaped with two equal sides and a third side that is 4 ft more than the length of an equal side. If the perimeter is 49 ft, how long is the longest side? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Sue's favourite number 
20160112 

From Maria: This is my son's homework. He is 7. Can you help?
Sue has a favourite number.
It is an even number.
It has 3 digits.
The digits add up to 15.
Find 10 numbers that could be Sue's number? Answered by favourite number. 





The perimeter of a triangular plot of land 
20160111 

From Janelle: I need to fence off 6.5 acres. The plot is triangular shape. How many feet would I be fencing off? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Water flowing through a rectangular drain 
20160108 

From Tiffany: the cross section of drain is a rectangle 30 cm wide. If water 3.5 cm deep flows through the drain at a rate of 22 cm/s, how many litres of water will flow through in one minute? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a rectangle 
20160108 

From ranjan: if we make a rectangle with a 100cm of wire, then its area will be? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Integration of dx/(x^2+1)^3 
20160107 

From Ishank: Integration of dx/(x^2+1)^3 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A pipe is installed with a 2% grade 
20160107 

From peter: a sewer ditches to be 148 feet long. the pipe is installed with a 2% grade.
what would be total amount of fall be? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three consecutive integers 
20160107 

From ronn: Three consecutive integers whose sum is 186 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two transport companies 
20160106 

From Brynleigh: The Sugar Sweet Company will choose from two companies to transport its sugar
to market. The first company charges $5096 to rent trucks plus an additional fee of
$200.75 for each ton of sugar. The second company charges $5500
to rent trucks plus an additional fee of $175.50 for each ton of sugar.
For what amount of sugar do the two companies charge the same?
What is the cost when the two companies charge the same? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A ratio word problem 
20160106 

From Nina: The length and the width of the rectangle is in the ration 5:3. Its area is 375m2. Find its perimeter. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A graph of the water level of a river 
20160105 

From emoni: Suppose that the water level of a river is 34 feet and that it is receding at a rate of 0.5 foot per day. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Four consecutive integers 
20160105 

From sherica: my teacher gave us an assignment and it says here that;
THERE ARE FOUR CONSECUTIVE INTEGERS.IF THE SMALLEST ONE IS x ,FIND THE SUM OF THE FOUR INTEGERS. that is the question ...thanks hope that u can answer it 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. 





Book sales 
20151230 

From Sandra: Your finance text book sold 56,500 copies in its first year. The publishing company expects the sales to grow at a rate of 20.0 percent for the next three years, and by 8.0 percent in the fourth year. Calculate the total number of copies that the publisher expects to sell in year 3 and 4. Answered by Penny Nom. 





How can he raise his average to 90? 
20151229 

From Raj: Harris has an 87 in a class where daily works count 20%, quizzes count 20% and tests count 60%.
If there are only two test scores what must the score on his second test to raise his average to 90? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A relative maximum and a relative minimum 
20151228 

From kemelo: show for the following function f(x)=x+1/x has its min value greater than its max value Answered by Penny Nom. 





A circle is inscribed in a hexagon 
20151228 

From Lalitesh: A circle is inscribed in a regular hexagon ABCDEF
Prove that AB+CD+EF=BC+DE+FA Answered by Penny Nom. 





A troublesome word problem 
20151228 

From Linda: James is now 3/5 John's age. Three years ago, he was 1/2 John's age. Three years from now, he will be 2/3 John's age.
How old are they now? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Constructing simultaneous linear equations 
20151228 

From Deborah: Linda thinks of a twodigit number. The sum of the digits is 8. If she reverses the digits, the new number is 36 greater than her original number. What was Linda's original number?
Thank you! Answered by Penny Nom. 





A diameter of a circle 
20151227 

From sahil: Find the equation of diameter of circle x2 +y26x +2y8 which passes through the origin. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The angles of a triangle 
20151217 

From Faith: Does the measure of angle determine the length of its side? For example two angles are congruent then the sides are also congruent because from my understanding the angle determine the shape of triangle. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A bus trip 
20151215 

From Michelle: I do not know what equation(s) should be used in order to obtain the answer(s) to this word problem.
A bus was rented for a trip, the cost was dived equally amongst the passengers. During the trip, someone mentioned that if there were 9 more passengers, they would have paid each 5$ less. Another mentioned that if there were 6 less passengers, they would have each paid 5$ more. What is the cost of renting the bus and how much must each passenger pay. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Proof that an erroneous algebraic statement is false 
20151214 

From Berteanu: I need help with this proposition:
"It exists x a real number that for every y real number 5*x2*y*y=1
This is false.
Let x be from R.
And I need an y real number that 5*x2*y*y!=1
Please,could you help me? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Sierpinski Pyramid 
20151214 

From victor: Is a tetrix (a Sirpienski Pyramid/Tetrahedron) its own hyperplane?...alternatively, is it a hyperplane? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Linear equations in two variables 
20151213 

From priya: I have problem in solving these equations please help me today itself very urgent:
I)2x+y=y
II)pie*x+y=9 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The dimensions of a rectangle given its area and aspect ratio 
20151213 

From colum: Can you work out the length and width of a rectangle where you know only the area and aspect ratio Answered by Penny Nom. 





Constructing a cross country district schedule 
20151213 

From David: Retired math teacher trying to help soninlaw schedule a cross country district schedule. The would like to have four trimeets each week for five weeks and one week of dual meets. The score the trimeets as three duals, i.e. 1v2, 2v3, 1v3 constitutes one trimeet. After many hours, not sure its possible, but I have forgotten a great deal! Thanks Answered by Victoria West. 





The line of intersection of two planes 
20151209 

From Rabz: Determine the vector equation for the intersection between the two given planes
2x+7y equal to 14,x+z equal to 7 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The original price before a discount and taxes 
20151209 

From Michelle: Good day,
I would like to know if there is a particular equation to validate the following information:
I had to find the original cost of an item sold for 759.36$ before a 25% discount and 13% taxes.
I know we must use separate question to obtain the answer but I am unsure how to write the equation to validate my answer. Answered by Penny Nom. 





20 golfers playing a 20 week season 
20151207 

From Jeff: We have 20 golfers playing a 20 week season. We play in foursomes. How best to set foursomes so everyone can play with every without playing with the same person multiple times? Answered by Victoria West. 





Travelling in opposite directions 
20151206 

From Roselyn: Jenny and Mark commute to work, travelling in opposite directions. Jenny leaves the house at 8 AM, and averages 35 kph. Mark leaves at 8:15 AM, and averages 40 kph.At what time will they be 40 kilometers apart? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Compacted and uncompacted soil 
20151205 

From J.H.: I am negotiating with a company to sell them land that they would use for excavating soil to be used in construction. I would like to value the land based on the volume of soil they are likely to remove. I have seen several answers, giving the calculation based on 43,650 sq. ft./acre x number of acres x number of feet in depth, divided by 27 to convert the number to cu. yds. However, that is the number when compacted. They pay $.50/yd. of soil removed, but that yd. is not compacted. How do you calculate the number of yds. of uncompacted soil in 1 acre of land? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A word problem with percentages 
20151205 

From Caedryn: After giving 25% of her stickers away, May had 50% as many stickers as Rose. If they had 200 stickers altogether at first, how many stickers did Rose have? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for a league with 15 teams 
20151205 

From Zac: Hello,
I have a league schedule question. We have a league where we have say have 15 teams. Each team is to play each other twice during a 10 week session.
However each team tries only to play 3 matches(teams) per night(week).
How would we set up a random schedule for the 10 week session? Answered by Victoria West. 





Drawing an arc 
20151204 

From hassan: how to draw a curve long 1m with an angle of 22.5? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tangent line to a parabola 
20151202 

From pei: Given that the line y=mx5 is a tangent to the curve y=2x^2+3 find the positive value of M. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A parabolic arch 
20151130 

From Muhammad: An arch over a road has a parabolic shape it is 6 meter wide at the base and is just
tall enough to allow a truck 5 meter high and 4 meter wide to pass
a):
assuming that the arch has an equation of the form y=a(x)^2+b use the given
information to find a & b. explain why this assumption is reasonable.
b):
sketch the graph of arch equation Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sweep angle of a video camera 
20151125 

From Franc: a television camera is 30ft from the sideline of a basketball court 94 ft long. The camera is located 7 ft from the mid court. through what angle must it sweep in order to cover all action on the court? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The angle at the vertex of an isosceles triangle 
20151125 

From Karan: I have been given an isosceles triangle. the Top angle is what i have to find out and the two sides adjacent to it are both 4.9 cm. i have been told that the area of the triangle is 4 cm^2. i have no idea how to work this out, any ideas? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The measure of an angle in terms of its complement 
20151122 

From Pam: Can you please help me so I can help my daughter the equation is the measure of angle v is 4 time the measure of its complement what is the measure of angle v when the equation is 4x+x=90 Answered by Penny Nom. 





20 million as a percentage of 7.3 billion 
20151118 

From Nick: Based on the estimate of the worlds current population (7.3 billion people), I'm trying to work out what percentage of that figure 20 million people would amount to?
(Apologies in advance that I've no idea if the 7.3 billion figure is an American Billion or UK billion)
Thanks for any help.
Nick. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Archimedes, Euclid and "Circular Reasoning" 
20151115 

From Ron: I have read about Archimedes and his work with sphere in cylinder and cone in cylinder and the volume relationships. Did he or any others also extend this to regular based polygon based regular like pillars, and columns? The ratio of 1/3 to 1 whole holds true with all regular based columns as example: a regular pyramid having a regular hexagon base inside a regular hexagon column of equal height. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A common tangent to two general parabolas 
20151115 

From Kind: Hi,
I want to find the common tangent of two general parabolas, but i don't know if it's possible or not.
If it's possible, please make a tutorial.
The first parabola equation : Ax^2 + Bxy + Cy^2 + Dx + Ey + F = 0.
The second parabola equation : Gx^2 + Hxy + Iy^2 + Jx + Ky + L = 0.
I need this because i want to find the equation of Beloch fold. (Huzita  Hatori 6th axiom)
However if you know any other method to find Beloch folds equation, I am open for any suggestions. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A schedule for 12 high school golf teams 
20151115 

From Jason: I have 12 high school golf teams (A  L). There will be 4 games each week for 4 weeks. For each game, 3 teams play at a time (A vs B vs C). I would like it where no team plays the same team twice. Week four is my issue as I seem to always have a team or two playing the same team again. Is it possible to have each team play each other only once? Answered by Victoria West. 





Dealing with surds 
20151114 

From Agnes: simplify (1√3)(1÷3+√3) Answered by Penny Nom. 





The diagonal of a rhombus 
20151114 

From Om: In a rhombus ABCD, angle A=60° and side AB=6 cm. Then diagonal BD is ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a domed roof 
20151113 

From Brandon: I have a tank with a 13' radius that has a domed roof of 3.5' tall How do I figure out the area in SQFT? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A volume in cubic yards 
20151112 

From James: The first formula for figuring cubic yards of concrete need is length in feet, times width in feet, times depth in actual inches, divided by 320. Such as, 150x 50 feet x 4inches divided by 320 = cubic yards. How and why does this formula work? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A concrete container 
20151112 

From Karstin: The exterior of a concrete container will be 10 feet by 8 feet by 4 feet tall. The walls and the bottom are 6 inches thick. What will it cost to construct it if concrete is $98.95/cubic yard? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Fencing around a rectangular field 
20151111 

From Darlene: Question from Darlene, a parent:
A farmer has 10,000 meters of fencing to use to create a rectangular field. He
plans on using some of the fencing to divide the rectangular field into two
plots of land by constructing a fence inside the rectangle that is parallel to one
of the sides. Let X be the width of the rectangular field. Write an equation
to express the area of the field as a function of X. Find the value of X that
maximizes the area of the field. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Roof Square footage 
20151111 

From Todd:
Question from Todd:
Good Day.
I have to figure out the square footage of a quonset style roof that's not playing by the rules The building dimensions (rectangular) are 63'x135' the height of the roof is 9.25'. It not an entire Quonset, It's that style of roof,(curved). There are concrete block walls 10' up to the metal roof.
Thank you!
Todd Answered by Harley Weston. 





The combination to a locker 
20151111 

From Jason: Hi,
I can't seem to open my locker cause I forgot the combination, the numbers are 18
Without repeat for 4 number for example 1234 or 2345 for numbers 18 without any repeat. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The derivative of x^1/3 
20151108 

From omar: hi can help me
am teacher ask me about x^1/3 Derivation definition . Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is 22/7 bigger or smaller than 3.14? 
20151106 

From Natalie: Is 22/7 bigger or smaller than 3.14? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A schedule for 8 golfers over 5 days 
20151104 

From Ged: Hope you can help with the following to save next years arguments !
Schedule for 8 golfers playing as pairs in 2 X 4 balls on 5 days.
No player to pair same player more than once and to have played with each player
In the 4 ball.
Thanks. Answered by Victoria West. 





Factoring a trinomial 
20151102 

From Eric: 2v(squared) +11v +5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Doubling the area of a pamphlet 
20151031 

From Mariam: A pamphlet has the following dimensions: 4 cm by 6 cm
If the area of the pamphlet is doubled, what will be the length of each side if sides can be integer values only? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 15 team tournament 
20151028 

From Joseph: We have a 15 team tournament. Each team plays all other teams. We need a schedule were each game has a work team. Thus at each fields we have two teams playing and one working. All teams need to play each other and also be a work team. Any help would be appreciated!! Answered by Victoria West. 





An 8 Team Basketball League Schedule 
20151028 

From Janice: We have an eight team league that play at four time slots each week. It's a seven week season. How do we schedule so that each teams plays each other at least once? Answered by Victoria West. 





The uniqueness of the lub 
20151025 

From Aishwarya: Prove that if the lub and glb of a set exist then they are unique Answered by Penny Nom. 





An example of an irrational number 
20151022 

From Allison: It ask me to find an example of an irrational number less than 5 and I don't
understand what the difference from a rational number and an irrational
number besides the fact that a rational number can be repeated and shown in
a simple fraction and an irrational number can't be written in a simple
fraction.
Can you help me? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sum of two repeating decimals 
20151022 

From Kaitlin: Here is the question I am struggling with:
Is the sum of two repeating decimals always repeating decimal? Explain your answer and give an example.
I answered this question thinking that no you cannot but only when adding 0.9 repeating, but my professor said this was incorrect.
Thanks for the help!
Kaitlin Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for a pool league 
20151021 

From Hazel: I have to make a schedule for my pool league. I have twenty teams each of which must play all other teams. I have ten tables which must also be rotated to all teams play on all tables. Answered by Victoria West. 





Simplify 3(x7) 
20151021 

From geraldine: simplify: 3(x7) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Scheduling a social curling league 
20151020 

From Tyler: I'm scheduling a social curling league where all skips will play with all thirds, all seconds, all leads. And all thirds will do the same and so on. We have 6 teams of 4 and will be doing 6 rotations. Is it possible that all skips will play with all other players from other positions without anyone doubling up?
My initial thoughts were (1,1,1,1) (2,2,2,2) (3,3,3,3) (4,4,4,4)(5,5,5,5)(6,6,6,6)... then rotate the thirds up and seconds down but don't know what to do with the leads and even with just 3 positions there's doubling (1,2,6,x)(2,3,5,x)(3,4,4,x)...4s have doubled (4,5,3,x)(5,6,2,x)(6,1,6,x) as you can see I'm having problems
If you could let me know if this is even possible it would be greatly appreciated Answered by Victoria West. 





6 teams randomly arranged in groups of 3 
20151019 

From Anthony: im trying to make a game scheduled for 6 teams using a 1vs2vs3 ; 4vs5vs6 format.
all 6 teams randomly arranged in groups of 3. each team will play all teams at least twice, im trying to see how to make the number of times each team play another the same.
schedule should be arranged as such 1vs2vs3 4vs5vs6 so that (1vs2, 1vs3, 2vs3) and (4vs5, 4vs6, 5vs6)
i am limited to having only 2 sets of 3 at a time with 6 teams. Answered by Victoria West. 





An 8 team schedule 
20151019 

From Dean: I need an 8 team schedule for 2 time slots where 3 teams are on the ice per slot. I understand that there will be 2 teams on a bye per day. How do make sure that the byes are fair? Can you help me out? Answered by Victoria West. 





A six team league to play a 20 game schedule 
20151019 

From Kelly: Hi there. Some of your posts are close, but my problem is evening out the home
and away games. We have 6 teams in our league and we are going to play a 20
game schedule, playing everyone 4 times. We will play Fridays and Saturdays,
each weekend. Of course the ideal would be to have each team have a home and
an away game each weekend, but I realize that is impossible, but I would like it as
close as possible. Any help would be much appreciated!! We also were considering
opening with a home and away  Friday then Saturday with the same teams. Then
carrying on with playing everyone else and then possibly finishing up with the same
home and home Answered by Victoria West. 





Acres of cattle waste 
20151019 

From Chris: In my first math problem, I found out that 100 cows will produce 21900 ft3 of waste over a year. However I don't know how to do the second part. How many acres of land would a farmer need to spread the waste on if he wanted it to be more that 6 inches deep? Thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Six teams playing five games 
20151018 

From Aidan: I have six teams that will be playing five games.
I want each team to play each game once and each team to play each other team once.
Is this possible or should I add an extra round and let some teams play each other twice? Answered by Victoria West. 





Exponential form 
20151017 

From Will: What is exponential form of 8? Answered by Penny Nom. 





4 games in 4 time slots with 8 teams 
20151016 

From Paul: I'm trying to set up a game matrix for my kids that will have 4 games in 4 time slots with 8 teams. And every team is playing a different game in a different time slot. I provided the initial matrix and I am trying to ensure that no 2 teams play each other more than once. That's my problem.
8 pm 9 pm 10 pm 11 pm
Crokinole 1 vs 2
Trivial Pursuit 3 vs 4
Darts 5 vs 6
Pictionary 7 vs 8
Please help, I've been at it for hours. Answered by Robert Dawson and Victoria West. 





11 golfers over five rounds 
20151015 

From Leo: 11 golfers over five rounds. Will golf as 443. How to set it up so everyone plays at least once with each player. Answered by Victoria West. 





We are six golfers going away for 3 days of golf 
20151013 

From Mike: We are six golfers going away for 3 days golf. We are playing in 2 no threeballs playing concurrently. How can we arrange things so that everyone plays averydody else at least once. Is this possible.? Answered by Victoria West. 





The flight of a ping pong ball 
20151013 

From Abigail: Hello,
Wondering if there is a way to figure out the quadratic equation of half of a parabola?
Doing an assignment about finding quadratic equations for separate bounces of a ping pong ball, but the first bounce is incomplete (as the ball has presumably been dropped, hit the ground and then went on to make a complete bounce).
Please see attachment for references to the diagram that I am using.
Not sure whether I would have to look at it from a different perspective.
Thanks,
Abi Answered by Harley Weston. 





The area of two lots 
20151013 

From Lynn: I have 2 lots that have mobile homes on them... I was told they were 100 x 200 lots.. I have tried to calculate it on here but was not able to understand how to exactly do it. I would like to know if I have a 1/2 acreage or exactly what the 2 lots are? Answered by Penny Nom. 





2.236... 
20151013 

From Ann: 2.236...
What is the most specific category of numbers does this fall into? Rational or Irrational? Does the .... mean that it repeats? Answered by Harley Weston. 





How can the probability be zero? 
20151013 

From anagha: Hi,
thank you for answering (beforehand)
The other day I was just thinking of circles and I came across this peculiar thing.
Most of'em say that there are infinite number of points on the circumference.
and, if it is true, if we spin the radius, the probability that it will point a a particular point is 1/infinity, right?
It didn't make any sense to me and so, I thought there might be an explanation or something of the kind...? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Mathematics 
20151013 

From anagha: Hi,
thank you for answering (beforehand)
The other day I was just thinking of circles and I came across this peculiar thing.
Most of'em say that there are infinite number of points on the circumference.
and, if it is true, if we spin the radius, the probability that it will point a a particular point is 1/infinity, right?
It didn't make any sense to me and so, I thought there might be an explanation or something of the kind...? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Squash scheduling 
20151001 

From Ed: I have 5 teams and 2 courts. Every Thursday we play at four different times (6,7,8,9 o clock)
Each team will play each other 5 times over 25 weeks.
Everyone should get to play evenly at the best time (6:00) and the worst time (9:00) Answered by Victoria West. 





I was wondering what xy means. 
20150930 

From Eric: I was wondering what xy means. My two things I think it means are the two digits of x and y or x times y. thanks for your time,
Eric Answered by Penny Nom. 





The length of a rectangle 
20150926 

From Tris: Hi,
I'm trying to figure out the length of a rectangle but i forgot how. So, the width is
5cm and the perimeter is 34cm. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The dimensions of a rectangle 
20150925 

From Erick: A rectangular strip of land has a perimeter of 124meters and an area of 385 square meters. Find its possible dimensions Answered by Penny Nom. 





2p^2+4p=16. How do i get p? 
20150922 

From Dohie: How do i solve this?
2p^2+4p=16. How do i get p?
Thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 6person team that has 9 players 
20150921 

From Sheri: I am organizing a 6person team that has 9 players. How do I schedule them fairly over a 9 week league? Answered by Victoria West. 





A hockey roster of 19 kids 
20150921 

From Brian: We have a hockey roster of 19 kids. We only want to play 15 kids for each game. 4 players will not play each game. There are 16 games total. We want to rotate who doesn't play evenly. Can this be done? How many games will each player sit during the season? Answered by Robert Dawson and Victoria West. 





Square roots 
20150921 

From mariana: I have read various articles on how to find the square root of irrational numbers and every article out there seems to be very confusing.
i read you answer to LUKOW about irrational numbers and i am still quite confused. Say i want to find the square root of 326. i know that it is between 18 and 19 because 18 is the square root of 324 and 19 is the square root of 361 im just very confused about the rest of the process. Please help! ( if possible i would appreciate two examples. thanks) Answered by Penny Nom. 





32 golfers playing 6 rounds 
20150919 

From scott: i am looking for a schedule for 32 golfers to play 6 rounds and never play with the same person twice.
I made one for 28 golfers but i am struggling with 32. Answered by Victoria West. 





A word problem 
20150917 

From Suszanne: Multiplying a number by x yields the same result as dividing the number by 0.125. What is the value of x? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two price reductions and a coupon 
20150916 

From Suszanne: Mary purchased an item for 45% off the original price, plus an additional 20% off the sale price.She also had a $5 off coupon, which the salesclerk applied after these two discounts. Mary's final purchase price for the item was $50. She paid no sales tax, what was the original price of the item? 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. 





20 golfers for 6 days 
20150911 

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





18 golfers playing four rounds 
20150909 

From Paul: I have 18 golfers playing four rounds. I want two 3 balls and
three 4 balls each day. I don't want anyone to play in a 3 ball
more than once and I don't want anyone to play with the same
person twice. I realise everybody can't play with everybody, I
just want the best you can do. Answered by Victoria West. 





Scheduling for a bridge club 
20150909 

From margot: Can you help me with scheduling our bridge club?
8 rounds are played with four teams together.
There are 16 teams in total, so our schedule should look like eight 4x4 boxes.
(Each round the four teams play each other over the course of the evening) Answered by Victoria West. 





Division and units 
20150908 

From Kenneth: Hello:
Would there be a reason to divide a number without units by another number with units?
Here is an example:
35 divided by $5.00 or 35/$5.00
The answer cannot have units ($) because $5 X 7 does not equal 35 but instead $35.00.
$35.00 divided by 5 or ($35.00/5) and $35 divided by $5.00 or ($35.00/$5.00) make more sense.
I thank you for your reply. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





HCF and LCM 
20150905 

From Ally: the HCF of the two numbers is 3, and the LCM is 15.
what could the two numbers be? 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. 





A tangent line to a circle 
20150903 

From Jamie: Use the Greek method to find an equation of the tangent line to the circle
x^2+y^24x+6y+4=0 at the points (3,2square root 23. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a pumpkin 
20150901 

From Lisa: A pumpkins weighs 10 pounds plus half of 10 pounds plus half it's own weight, what does the pumpkin weigh? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The diameter and circumference of a circle 
20150901 

From Tracey: Hello,
I own a custom workroom, I am figuring out fabric quantities or an estimate. When
at the job site, I forgot to measure the diameter of the semi circle shape that I have to
make a cushion for!!!
If the circumference of the semi circle is 165" what would the diameter be, maybe half
this measurement????
I appreciate any help...I basically need the width from left to right to see if I can fit
the cushion on one width of fabric that is 52" wide! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Working backwards 
20150827 

From Heather: Tom took a collection of tiles from a box. Sue took 13 and Bob
took half of those remaining. Tom had 11 left. How many did they start with? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for an 8 person team 
20150827 

From Julie: We have 8 people on our team, but only 4 can play every week. We have 32 weeks, total. How can we divide this so everyone plays evenly ? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A procedure for finding a square root 
20150827 

From Tracey: Is there a method/process to determine the square root of a large number?
For example, Tiananmen Square's area is 396 900m sq., what is the side length?
Thank you,
Tracey Answered by Harley Weston. 





Factor x^2 + y^2 
20150826 

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





A conditional probability problem 
20150824 

From Faustina.: Please I have an exam tomorrow. And I have tried by best in solving this Question. An urn contains 10 white, 5 yellow and 10 black marble. A marble is chosen at random from the urn and it is noted that it is one of the black marble, what is the probability that it is yellow? 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. 





Reinforced steel mesh in a circular foundation 
20150822 

From Padmesh: in a circular foundation we are laying a reinforced steel mesh . i.e., like chords in both ways. the circle diameter is 2.91m and rods are placed 0.1m spacing. so I want to find the number of rods present in that circle. here by I am attaching an auto cad drawing for your reference Answered by Penny Nom. 





The distance over a Quonset 
20150820 

From jane: total base of hemisphere is 30 ft
apex height is 20 feet
what is total length over dome Answered by Penny Nom. 





A probability question 
20150819 

From Omar: Hi my name omar ,
I have an exam tomorrow and i want answer of this question
Thank you
Q:the probability distribution function of a discrete random variable X is given by
P(X=x)=kx^3
For X=0,1,2,3
a)the value of the constant k . Answered by Penny Nom. 





20 golfers playing four rounds 
20150817 

From Paul: I have a party of 20 golfers playing four rounds in fourballs.
I realise that everyone will have 7 players that they do not play
with, however I want to ensure that no one plays with the same
person twice and that the Captain plays with the 12 players of
his choice. Answered by Victoria West. 





Parallelogram area 
20150804 

From Nigel: To find the area of a parallelogram you multiply the base by the height of the parallogram, the height being determined by an imaginary line drawn at right angles to the base. However if I made a parallelogram with joints at each corner and maipulated it to an upright position where the base and sides were at 90 degrees to each other,, I could then simply multiply the base times the height to get the area. Since the sloping side of the parallelogram does not vary in my imaginary jointed model, why can I not simply multiply the base by the sloping side to get the area in the same way that I multiply the base times the height of a square to find its area ? I cannot find the answer to this on the internet although I have searched. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Rotating speakers through a 10 week schedule 
20150803 

From Timothy: I want 15 students to speak 7 times each over the course of 10 weeks.
They each will have 5 minutes.
Thanks Answered by Victoria West. 





An oil field barrel 
20150802 

From Michael: I have a storage tank that is 12' diameter x 22.5' high
it's capacity is 450 oil field barrels (42 gallon)
Which would hold 19,036 us gallons
I'm trying to find out how many inches it would take to make 1 barrel
I was able to get this far by using your volume calculator, but haven't been able to come up with the rest!
Thank you very much for your time, and I really appreciate this site and the tools you all have made available to everyone for free!
Hope to hear back from you soon and God bless you all!! Answered by Penny Nom. 





The length of a shadow 
20150801 

From maaz: Hello
I am having trouble with this question:
Lizzie, who is 6 feet tall, stands in her driveway at night, exactly
24 feet from the base of a spotlight, and casts a shadow that is 12
feet long if her friend Hannah who is 5 feet tall decides to stand
next to lizzie how long will her shadow be? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The distance between two boats 
20150726 

From mohammad: Two boats leave the same dock at the same time,one traveling due east at 10 mph and the other due north at 24mph,how many miles apart are the boats after 3hours ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Scale 
20150724 

From Kenneth:
Hello:
Can you explain mathematically how the following scales become inches to feet?
For example, how does the scale of 1:160 become 1/16" = 1'?
(1:160) (1/16" = 1 foot) scale
(1:87) (1/8" = 1 foot) scale
I saw more of these different scale examples at the following:
http://www.oakridgehobbies.com/hobbyshop/modelinginscaledimensionsfaqs.html
I thank you for your reply! Answered by Robert Dawson and Harley Weston. 





Mary, Julie and Peter when on a trip 
20150710 

From Edward: How do you solve and set up a problem where: Mary pays one third of the cost of a trip, Julie paid half of what Mary paid, and Peter paid the remaining $75, Answered by Penny Nom. 





Golf for 12 with a proviso 
20150707 

From Ken: I hope you can help me. I'm trying to put together a draw for 12 players in 3 groups over 4 days. One proviso, 2 players must play together in each round because they require the use of a golf cart. We are due to play in September this year.
Thanking you in advance for any assistance you can give. Answered by Victoria West. 





Why are bags of soil measured in litres? 
20150619 

From Cheryl: Why are bags of soil measured in litres? Answered by Penny Nom. 





My final exam score 
20150619 

From Deirdre: Hi,
I got 69% on a question worth 20%
68% on a question worth 20%
And the final exam was worth 60%
My final grade overall was 63%
Did I do very bad in the exam???? Answered by Penny Nom. 





1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 x 0 + 1 = ? 
20150618 

From Sharon: 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 x 0 + 1 = ?
I got 1 as my answer despite BODMAS making it 12 because logic tells
me I ought to place brackets around the first set of repeated addition. Could you
please clarify this for me? Thank you 😊 Answered by Harley Weston. 





A waste oil tank 
20150613 

From Angela: a waste oil tank is 5 feet wide and 20 feet long, the empty tank on your truck holds 5000 gallons. If 7.48 gallons are in every cubic foot, what is the maximum depth the oil can be to completely fit into your truck? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The amount before profit and overhead 
20150612 

From kelly: I have an existing amount of $22,750.00. this includes the profit at 10% and overhead at 10%.
How do I remove the profit and overhead in order to come up with the original starting figure? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of an isosceles triangle 
20150611 

From Pradipta: Find the area of an isosceles triangle having two equal sides of 20 cm each and angle between them 45 degree ? ( solve without trigonometric function). Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A fantasy football league 
20150611 

From Jason: Hello. We have a fantasy football league with 14 teams. The season is 13 weeks long and we would like to figure out a way to have two divisions of seven teams each with each team playing their interdivision opponents twice. Is there a way to set this up? I cannot seem to find a way to do it. Thanks! Answered by Victoria West. 





8 golfers playing 5 round 
20150611 

From Simon: We have 8 golfers playing 5 rounds, and want to make the pairings as even as possible (ie all play against everyone else)
2 of the players however must play together each day  due to a buggy being required.
If anyone has a formula to work this out I'd be appreciated Answered by Victoria West. 





An equilateral triangle inscribed in a circle 
20150611 

From Casey: I have an equilateral triangle inscribed in a circle  this triangle
has been bisected to give me 2 right triangles. I know the length
of the line bisecting the equilateral triangle is 36 inches. How do
I figure out the circumference of the circle and the length of the
sides of the equilateral triangle? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is 22/7 is an irrational number? 
20150607 

From Sayak: Is 22/7 is an irrational number Answered by Penny Nom. 





The surface area of a round bar 
20150606 

From chirag: Please tell me the formula for finding round bar surface in square inches/ mm Answered by Penny Nom. 





Manipulating an equation 
20150605 

From Leigh: Hi, I'm having trouble trying to find out how the equation y=mx+b for b comes up with the answer b=ymx. Could you please assist me with this Answered by Penny Nom. 





A two digit number 
20150605 

From Madison: Trini took some photos. The number of photos she took is a two digit number.
The sum of the digits is 11. The tens digit is 3 more than the ones digit.
How many photos did Trini take? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The surface area of a triangular prism 
20150603 

From Alex: Find the surface area of a triangular prism with Isoceles triangles and dimensions 4 feet by 6 feet Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a pipe 
20150602 

From gordon: What is the formula to find out how many gallon of water in a length of pipe tried your answer on 8inch at 50feet did not work out Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tangent to y = x^3 
20150531 

From Brayden: Show that a tangent line drawn to the curve y=x^3 at the point (d,f (d)), where d>0, forms a right triangle with the x and y axes in quadrant 4 whose area is (2/3)d^4. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A pentagon inscribed in a circle 
20150530 

From Victoria: find the area of a regular pentagon inscribed in a circle with radius 3 units Answered by Penny Nom. 





A stone walkway around a pool 
20150529 

From Jerri: I have a rectangular pool 15x30 and it will require stone placed around it 4 feet out and 4 inches deep how much will I need? Thanks, jerri Answered by Penny Nom. 





The perimeter of a rectangle 
20150528 

From Imran: The length of a rectangle is x+3 centimetres.
The width of the rectangle is x1 centimetres.
Find an expression in terms of x for the perimeter of the rectangle.
The perimeter of a rectangle The perimeter of a rectangle
Give your expressions in it's simplest form.
The perimeter of a rectangle The perimeter of a rectangle
Thank You. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two concentric circles 
20150528 

From Shannan: Two concentric circles have radii of 24cm and 26cm. What is the length of the chord that is tangent to the inner circle? Include a sketch Answered by Penny Nom. 





The perimeter of a quarter circle 
20150521 

From Bethany: The perimeter of a quarter circle is 3.57. What is the quarter circle's radius? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Golf for 14: 2 fourballs and 2 threeballs 
20150520 

From martin: I have to organize 14 players to play four rounds of golf. Each round comprise two fourballs and two three balls .
What's the best combination to ensure that each persons plays with as many of the others as possible without playing with somebody more than twice? Answered by Victoria West. 





Manipulating an expression using logarithms 
20150518 

From Katie: Solve x=At^be^ct for b in terms of c.
The e is Euler's number, not a letter or random placeholder. v
I've tried 2 methods on my calculator, and I am unsure as to why they give me different answers, and which one is correct.
For some reason, when placing a multiplication sign in between the A and the first t, I get a completely different answer. Why is this?
Also, which is the right answer for the question I have?
Thank you!
Katie :) Answered by Penny Nom. 





An isosceles right triangle 
20150517 

From Ari: In a 454590 triangle find the ratio of a leg to the hypotenuse Answered by Penny Nom. 





An octagonal frame around a pool 
20150517 

From James: I have a 20' pool and need to put a frame around it using 2by 4 what r the lengths and angle cuts Answered by Penny Nom. 





The intersection of a plane and a cone 
20150516 

From Tom: Is there a way to derive an equation that describes the perimeter of the intersection of a plane and a cone regardless of the angle of the plane to the cone. Assume that the plane does not cut through the base of the cone, the x, y, z location of the vertex is known, the distance from the vertex to the plane through the axis is know., and that the angle of the cone is known. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A pile of mulch 
20150515 

From Justin: I have a pile of mulch that measures 19 feet wide at the bottom and has a height of 6 feet. I need to know how many yards of mulch I have.
Please help and help with the formula for further use. Thank you! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two lorries approaching an intersection 
20150515 

From Nuraini: Two straight roads intersect at the right angles. Lorry A, moving on one of the roads,
Approaches the intersection at 50mi/h and lorry B, moving on the other roads, approaches the intersection at 20mi/h.
At what rate is the distance between the lorry changing when A is 0.4 mile from the intersection and B is 0.3 mile from the intersection? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An angle of depression problem 
20150514 

From haxir: find the height of the balloon directly above a town if the measure of angle of depression of another town 5km from the first town is 20°!6` Answered by Penny Nom. 





A calculus optimization problem 
20150514 

From Ali: Given an elliptical piece of cardboard defined by (x^2)/4 + (y^2)/4 = 1. How much of the cardboard is wasted after the largest rectangle (that can be inscribed inside the ellipse) is cut out? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Folding a rectangle to preserve the aspect ratio 
20150509 

From Anna: If you fold a rectangular piece of paper in half and the resulting rectangles have the same aspect ratio as the original rectangle, then what is the aspect ratio of the rectangles? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Repeated decimals 
20150509 

From Vir: Years ago I (re?)discovered 'cyclic division'. For example: if you arrange the number along a circle and put the number 142857 at the centre
all the numbers taken cyclically, starting with 1, are fully divisible by 37. Whatever the starting point of this number, it remains fully divisible by 37.
what is more, the number can be formed by taking the digits clockwise as well as anticlockwise..This I call "full cyclic divisibility". In many cases, only clockwise cyclic divisibility is possible. But I have not come across a case where ONLY anticlockwise divisibility occurs. Thus clockwise cyclic divisibility seems to be favoured. Could this be construed as a sign of chirality in mathematics?.. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





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. 





A triangle inscribed in a circle 
20150507 

From R2D2: A triangle is inscribed in a circle of radius 10. If two angles are 70 degrees and 50 degrees find the length of the side opposite the third angle? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A circle is tangent to the yaxis 
20150506 

From Elynna: What does it mean when a circle is tangent to the yaxis?
Thanks, Answered by Penny Nom. 





Sales tax 
20150505 

From Adalyn: Hello i've been having some trouble with math, The question is asking for a GST
and a PST
of a 30.00 dollar shirt. I don't know how to find the GST or the PST please help Answered by Penny Nom. 





The number of possible musical notes using an nkey instrument 
20150504 

From Farihin: Lets say that i have keys, and each key is for notes of a musical instrument,
So i wanted to find out the number of notes i can get for a certain number keys,
of course in the form of an equation. Notes can use as many keys, it can use 1, or 2, or 3, or even 100.
Notes in real life is not as such, but ignore reality.
I tried doing this but i can't seem to find a formula for it.
For example, i have 4 keys, say A, B, C, and D.
so, for notes that uses one key are 4, which is A, B, C, and D themselves.
for notes that uses two keys are 6,
AB, AC, AD, BC, BD and CD.
for notes that uses three keys are 4,
ABC, ABD, ACD and BCD.
lastly for notes that uses all four keys is 1, ABCD.
So, the total will be 4+6+4+1=15#
The nth term for the first equation is n, the second is [(n^2)n]/2
the third and the fourth, i don't know but the final answer should be like,
n + [(n^2)n]/2 + [3rd] + [4th]
Sorry for the long question though... Answered by Penny Nom. 





13 games, 3 possible outcomes 
20150501 

From Kennedy: Hello, hope it finds you well.
Am not that good with numbers, can you please help me get all the possible outcomes of 13 games, with a home win, draw or an away win as three possible results for each of the 13 games.
Thanks in advance Answered by Penny Nom. 





The method of elimination 
20150501 

From oreanna:
Question from oreanna, a student:
How do u solve 2x+9y=3
7x4y=25 in elimination Answered by Penny Nom. 





A square and a rectangle 
20150501 

From nick: why is the area of a square of a given circumference greater than the area of a rectangle with the same circumference ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Filling a pool with dirt 
20150501 

From Mike: I have a hole which a 24 ft pool in it is 10" deep in the the centre and goes to 1" inch at the edge want to fill it in with dirt how many yards of dirt would I need to fill it in Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a sphere 
20150430 

From Cassidy: How do you find the radius of a sphere that has volume 36pI? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a cube 
20150430 

From megan: What's the volume of a cube with a side length of 6? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Locating the center of a circle that forms an arc 
20150423 

From Ken:
Find the Cartesian coordinates of the center of an arc with the given location of the beginning and end points and radius length. Not the midpoint of the circumference but the actual point that the arc
is drawn around.
I know their are two answers depending on the direction of the arc. Unless we assume that all arcs are drawn counter clock wise.
Thanks
Ken
Answered by Harley Weston. 





A word problem with fractions 
20150423 

From Cecilia: if one third of a pole is red, one quarter is white and 15m is black what is the height of the entire pole Answered by Penny Nom. 





Expand and Simplify (3x+5)(5x9) 
20150423 

From chloe: Expand and Simplify (3x+5)(5x9) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two concentric circles 
20150421 

From Juniper: Two concentric circles have radii of 4 cm and 8 cm. A segment is drawn so that it is tangent to the smaller circle and a chord of the larger circle. How long is the segment? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A circle inscribed in a square 
20150419 

From michael: A circle is drawn in a square PQRS. If the total area of the shaded portion of the square is 42 cm square, calculate the radius of the circle Answered by Penny Nom. 





An inequality 
20150419 

From mr.: Simplify the inequality √x>x and represent on a number line Answered by Penny Nom. 





A wireless fence 
20150418 

From Dave: I'm buying a wireless fence to keep my pet in my yard. It has a half acre range. In a straight line how far would that be? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two cars approaching an intersection 
20150416 

From Engabu: Car A is traveling west at 50km/h & car B is traveling north at 60km/h. both are headed for the intersection of the two roads. At what rate are the cars approaching each other when car A is 3km & car B is 4km from the intersection? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many boats total are in the marina? 
20150415 

From Carla: In a marina, 3/4 of the boats are white, of the remainder 4/7 are blue, the rest are red. There are 9 red boats. How many boats total are in the marina? My answer is 84 because if 1/4 of the boats are divided into sevenths, that makes the whole marina a 28 part item. 3/28 are red so 84 is the total number of boats. My child thinks I am wrong. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two airplanes 
20150414 

From john: two planes leave an airport at the same time, one going northwest (N35*W)at 400 mph and the other going east at 332 mph. How far apart are the planes after 4 hours to the nearest mile? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Constructing a box of maximum volume 
20150414 

From Margot: I need to do a PA for maths and I'm a bit stuck.
The PA is about folding a box with a volume that is as big as possible. The first few questions where really easy but then this one came up.
8. Prove by differentiating that the formula at 7 does indeed give you the maximum volume for each value of z. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Team selection 
20150413 

From Peter: I manage a football team with a list of 28 players.
Only 24 can play each game.
The season is 16 games.
How do I fairly select 24 players each week. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The area of a circle given the circumference 
20150412 

From F: How do you find the area of a circumference of 6?
Thanks. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Excavating a basement 
20150412 

From Randy: The cost of excavation is $4.50/ cu yd. Find the cost of excavating a basement 87 ft long, 42 ft wide, and 8 ft deep. Answered by Penny Nom. 





An 8 pointed star inscribed in a circle 
20150410 

From Kermit: How do you find the area of the star that is formed by two squares and surrounded by a circle. The only given information is that the radius of the circle is 10. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The perimeter of a quarter circle 
20150410 

From Riley: How do you find the perimeter of a quarter circle when the radius is 56? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem with fractions 
20150409 

From Lorraine: If the numerator of a certain fraction is doubled and the denominator is increased by 1, the fraction becomes 1/2.
If the numerator of the original faction is squared and the denominator is decreased by 2, the fraction becomes equal to 1.
Let x be the numerator and let y be the denominator of the original fraction.
Write down two simultaneous equation in x and y.
Solve these equations to find two possible values for the given fraction. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of the ring between two concentric circles 
20150408 

From Conner: The area of the ring between two concentric circles is 25pi/2 square inches. The length of a chord of the larger circle tangent to the smaller circle is? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A circle graph 
20150406 

From Davis: i don't know how to answer this question. please help!
a survey about student government shows the following results
110 like the program
120 think the program is unnecessary
210 plan on running for student government next year
if this information is put in a circle graph,what is the central angle for the students who like the program? Answered by Penny Nom. 





On what day of the week did 1994 begin? 
20150405 

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





A tangent to y=x^3 passes through (0,2) 
20150405 

From Kevin: Given that the curve y=x^3 has a tangent line that passes through point (0,2). Find the equation of the tangent line Answered by Penny Nom. 





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. 





n^2 is a multiple of 100 
20150330 

From Rahul: I have to prove that n^2 is a multiple of 100 is necessary or
Sufficient condition (or both) for n being multiple of 10 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dealing cards to Melissa and Robert 
20150324 

From Karena: 92 cards in all. Melissa has 3 times as many cards as Robert. How many cards does Robert have? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An isosceles triangle inscribed in a circle 
20150323 

From Rachel: Triangle ABC is an isosceles triangle inscribed in circle O. If each leg of the triangle is 13cm and the altitude to the base of triangle ABC is 5cm, find the radius of the circle. Answered by Penny Nom. 





16 golfers for 18 weeks 
20150322 

From Rose: We could use a schedule to include the following:
16 golfers
4 foursomes
Each person plays once a week for 18 weeks.
No one plays in same foursome more than 1 or 2 times, or the least
amount of time.
Thank you for your kindness. Answered by Victoria West. 





8 golfers playing in 2x2 balls in 5 games 
20150318 

From Brian: We are 8 golfers who will be playing in 2x2 balls in 5 games.
is there a formula to minimize the chances of playing with a partner or opponent
too often please ? Answered by Victoria West. 





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. 





A region defined by three lines 
20150316 

From Lucinda: find the area of the figure formed by the line y=5x+9 and the xaxis and yaxis. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A cone of maximum volume 
20150316 

From Mary: I have to use a 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch piece of paper to make a cone that will hold the maximum amount of ice cream possible by only filling it to the top of the cone. I am then supposed to write a function for the volume of my cone and use my graphing calculator to determine the radius and height of the circle. I am so confused, and other than being able to cut the paper into the circle, I do not know where to start. Thank you for your help! Mary Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Average rate for a return trip 
20150314 

From Michael: Jeffrey drove to a town 25 miles away at an average speed of 50 miles per hour. The return trip along the same route took 20 minutes longer than the trip to town. Determine the average speed in miles per hour for Jeffrey's round trip. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The side length of a gazebo 
20150314 

From Dennie: From middle of side to middle of opposite is 14'6". What is the length of the side? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A limit 
20150313 

From arthur: sin(x1)/x^+x2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A fishfinder 
20150313 

From Dave: I have a fishfinder that has a 20 degree cone on bottom of boat going to the bottom of the lake.
How do I know the size of base diameter of the cone on the lake bottom depending on depth...
such as 10 feet deep, for example? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Olivia and Ray walk to school 
20150312 

From Rebeccah: Olivia and Ray walk to school. Olivia walks 1/4 of a mile to school. Her walk is 2/3 of the distance that walks Ray to school. What is the total distance,in miles,that Ray walks to school? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two sunflowers 
20150312 

From Maurice: Sam and sally planted two sunflowers.Each sunflower grows 1cm each day. Sally's sunflower is 4cm high. Sam's is 12cm high. How high will each sunflower be when Sam's sunflower is twice the height of Sally's? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Constructing a cone 
20150312 

From Levi: While the mathematics at the welding shop page was very helpful there is one vital part missing. If I have never built a cone how do I figure out how much bigger the diameter of my
circle has to be when laying flat on the floor verses the diameter when it has been pulled into a cone. Answered by Harley Weston. 





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 volume of a trench 
20150311 

From Kim: A trench 60m long and 15m deep, 12m wide at the top and 8m wide at the bottom.How many cubic meters of earth have been removed? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a quadrilateral 
20150311 

From Joel: Diagonal ac of quadrilateral ABCD is 60cm and the lengths of perpendiculars to
It from the opposite vertices are 4.2cm and 5.8 cm find the area of the quadrilateral
ABCD Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is 1000 billion billion? 
20150310 

From LeRoy: what does this mean? 1000 billion billion Answered by Penny Nom. 





Angles of elevation and depression 
20150308 

From Timmy: Joel is walking down a street and sees a 115 ft tall building in front of him. He stops 190 feet from the base of the building at the tip of the building's shadow. Round answers to three decimal places.
A. If there was a piece of rope from the top of the building to Joel, how long would it be?
B. What is the angle of elevation from Joel to the top of the building?
C. Margaret says that she could find the angle of depression from the top of the building to Joel by subtracting the angle of elevation from 90°. Is she correct? Explain. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Extraneous solutions 
20150307 

From Emily: I have a question about Extraneous Solutions, Because I was recently researching to figure out
on how to determine that a solution is extraneous and many of the answers talked about how if a answer is negative
that it should always be extraneous but now I found out that positive solutions can also be considered as extraneous solutions
so that is why I am really confused Extraneous Solution's.
I would really appreciate it if you could clearly explain to me how to determine an extraneous solution from a normal solution.
Thanks,
Emily Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A lot on a culdesac 
20150306 

From ana: Julie lives on a culdesac and wants to know if the city calculated the area of her plot of land correctly (see diagram below). We can assume the culdesac is a circle and it has radius 40 feet.The boundary of the lot along the culdesac (the arc from A to B) is 78.21 feet. The city found the area to be 7012.5 square feet–are they correct? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A man is standing on top of a building 
20150306 

From kiki: a man of height 1.5m standing on top of a building of height 48.5m views another building across the square. he observe that the angle of depression of the bottom of the building is 40 degrees and the angle of depression of the top of the building is 5 degrees. Both buildings stand on the same level
a) calculate the distance of the man from the base of the building across the square measured along the line of sight Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two parallel tangents to a circle 
20150305 

From Samantha: The equation of a circle is x^2+y^2=25. Determine
the equation of the parallel tangent lines to this
circle, for which the slope is 4/3. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The length of a ramp 
20150305 

From Jaylynn: Hi, I've been trying to figure out how long my ramp would have to be in order to reach a height of 3.5 feet at a 30 degree angle for a sugar glider enclosure? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Bricks around a fire pit 
20150305 

From Jayson: I have a round fire pit. It measures 25 inches in diameter. I have 12 inch long square bricks to go around it . My question is what degree do I cut the ends of these bricks to make them fit around this circle? The brick dimensions are 12"Lx6"Wx4"D. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Istanbul to Lagos 
20150303 

From Victor: A plane flies from Istanbul to Lagos at 800km/h and then returns to Istanbul at 900km/h. The return trip takes 1 hour less than the flight to Lagos. What is the distance between Istanbul and Lagos? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The radius of a cylinder 
20150226 

From Rose: Hi. I want to know how to find the radius of cylinder.
When I have height (35cm) and area of the curved surface(880sq.cm).
I know the formula is 2πr(h+r). But I can't understand how to find it's radius.
Please help me. I really need your help. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two equations with fractions 
20150226 

From Pulane: Hi math centre I've been trying to solve these equations for days now please help
(6/x)(1/y)=4
(9/x)+1=(2/y)
Please help me solve them simultaneously
Thank you Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two concentric circles 
20150225 

From Manasi: The area between 2 concentric circles is 6 times the smaller circle. Radius of small circle is 7 cm. Find the difference in the circumference of the bigger circle ad the smaller circle? Answered by Penny Nom. 





3 over "x" plus 5 
20150223 

From Kenny: 3 over "x" plus 5. I don't know this is either a polynomial and if so how would you define it. Answered by Harley Weston. 





f(x)=(x^21)/(x1) 
20150221 

From Ahmed: Is f(x)=[(x^21)/(x1) and x=2 at x=1] differentiable at x=1 ? Why ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A region described by inequalities in cylindrical coordinates 
20150221 

From Rahul: I am not able to visualize a solid given by inequalities as under (in cylindrical coordinate system)
0=
I know that (can visualize) first 2 inequalities say it is a cylinder of infinite length.
It seems that third inequality poses the restriction to the height as well as it makes us to remove a cone.
But I just can not understand it clearly.
Thanks in advance!
Regards,
Rahul Answered by Penny Nom. 





Column vectors 
20150221 

From jill: A has co ordinates (7,1) and B has coordinates (3,5).write these as column vectors Answered by Penny Nom. 





A limit 
20150219 

From genc: Lim (27x^31) / (3x1)
X> 1/3 Answered by Harley Weston. 





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. 





An isosceles triangle and an arc 
20150218 

From Sreeharsha: The diagram shows an isosceles triangle ABC in which BC = AC = 20 cm, and angle BAC = 0.7
radians. DC is an arc of a circle, centre A. Find, correct to 1 decimal place,
(i) the area of the shaded region, [4]
(ii) the perimeter of the shaded region. [4] Answered by Penny Nom. 





5000 gallons in cubic yards 
20150217 

From Miguel: If I have a cube shaped tank in the ground that holds 5000 gallons and I want to take it out and fill the hole in with dirt, how much dirt will I need in yards? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Tiling a room 
20150216 

From Owen: nicolas room is 56m2 she wants to put tiles down which are 50cm by 50cm each cost £4 how much money will she spend Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two equations 
20150216 

From nigel: 2x+1/2y=1
6x3/2y=21 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 330 foot long fence 
20150215 

From Marsha: I am putting up a fence 330 feet long and want to put the t post every 4 feet
how many t post do i need? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Distance, time and rate for three people 
20150215 

From Mubashir: Steven left Town A and walked towards Town B at a speed of 100m/min. At the same time, Jason and Melvin started from Town B and walked towards Town A at a speed of 80m/min and 75m/min respectively. If Steven met Melvin six minutes after passing Jason, find the distance between Town A and Town B. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Bearings and a rectangular plot 
20150214 

From Mubashir: A,B,C,D are the four corners of a rectangular plot marked on level ground. Given that the bearing of B from A is 040 degrees and that the bearing of C from A is 090 degrees. Calculate the bearing of
(a)B from C
(b)A from C
(c) D from C Answered by Penny Nom. 





Stopping distance 
20150211 

From Audrey: A Harley Davidson motor cycle weighing 650 lbs with a rider weighing 175 bs
was going 40 miles per hour. He had to make a sudden stop . Slammed on brakes. How long a distance for him to stop? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem with fractions 
20150211 

From Omokayode: A vehicle tank was 3/5 full of petrol. When 21 litres of fuel was added it was 5/6 full. How many litres of petrol can the tank hold? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A fence post problem 
20150208 

From Nicole: In Susan's rectangular garden plot, she put 12 posts on the long sides
and 8 posts on the short sides. How many posts did she use altogether?
(The answer is not 40.) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A circle and a chord 
20150207 

From Dakota: If the diameter of a circle is 48 cm, find the shortest distance from a chord of length 34 cm to the center of the circle Answered by Penny Nom. 





Speed, distance and time 
20150206 

From Terry: How many seconds would it take to travel 0.18 km at a speed of 130km per hour? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The product of a 2digit number and a 3digit number 
20150206 

From Nathaniel: The product of a 2digit number and a 3digit number is about 50 000 what are the products Answered by Penny Nom. 





2x^22x+1=4x+1 
20150206 

From Caitlyn: 2x^22x+1=4x+1 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The center and radius of a circle 
20150206 

From ariana: I need to find the center and the radius of this circle. I don't know how to put 9/2
than square it into a fraction.
x^2 + 2x + y^2 +9y=5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a cone 
20150205 

From Linda: How do you calculate the volume of a cone that is 25cm high and has an angle of 20 degrees? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A parallelogram inscribed in a circle 
20150204 

From narendra: how can we prove that a circular parallelogram is a rectangle? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Two cars pass each other going in opposite directions 
20150203 

From Caroline: Two cars pass each other going i opposite directions. One car is going 100 km/h and the other is going 80 km/h. How far apart will the two cars be after driving 45 minutes at these rates of speed? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A train from Vancouver to Whistler 
20150202 

From Tea: Serena and Nina are taking a train from Vancouver to Whistler, a 160km trip. If the average speed is decreased by 16km/hr, the trip will be 1/2 hours longer. What is the average speed of the train?
Thanks :) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Jack and Jill climb two poles 
20150202 

From APRIL: Two vertical poles are 3 meters apart. Jack is climbing one pole while Jill climbs the other. If the distance between Jack and Jill is 5 meters, how much higher is Jill than John? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ratio of gas to oil 
20150202 

From Chris: I would like to find the gas oil ratio for a 2 cycle engine.
I have the gallons of gas and the ounces of oil used by
the engine, but I want to find what the ratio is. For example
I used 5.675 gallons of gas and 5 ounces oil what is the ratio?
Please explain step by step, and I understand there are 128oz in
a gallon. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The volume of Lake Utah 
20150129 

From Hannan: Lake Utah has a surface area of 3,846 square miles and an average depth of 10.5 feet. In cubic miles, how much water does it hold?
How would you approach this question? Where would you start? Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





128/(16)/(2) 
20150128 

From jackie: 128/(16)/(2) I was wondering if you can show me how to work this question out Answered by Harley Weston. 





What is our cost? 
20150127 

From Johanna: I have a pieces of 3/4" sch40 (round tube) 240" long at $70. What is our cost. We also add 35% to our cost for selling price. How do I figure this out? 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. 





Is a square a trapezoid? 
20150126 

From Katie: Can a trapezoid sometimes be a square? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Russell is 6 years older than Samantha 
20150126 

From Kelli: Russell is 6 years older than Samantha.
In 4 years the sum of their ages will be 78. How old is Russell now? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A road around a garden 
20150125 

From hahha: a garden 150 m long and 80 m wide has a road 4 m wide all around on the out side find the cost of paving at the rate of 12 per s.q m Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two concentric circles 
20150125 

From nazneen: select the correct answer from the given four options
given are two concentric circles. radii of outer circle & inner circle are r1 & r2 respectively.
the areas of inner circle & shaded ring are equal. the radii r1 & r2 are related by?
1. r1 = r2
2. r1 = r2*square root 2
3. r1 = r2*square root 3
4. r1 = 2r2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for observing our peers 
20150123 

From Jennifer: I am a sales trainer. Each month we need to observe one of our peers and give feedback. What this means is every month, not only am I observing someone, but someone is also observing me. For example, in January, Amy observes Tracy, Tracy observes Rachel, Rachel observes Ryan, and so on. The last person would then observe Amy, bringing it full circle. There are 10 trainers on my team. How do I set it up to where each trainer observes another trainer only once over the course of the year (and in return, each trainer is only being observed once by each person)? I know they will eventually repeat but would that start in the 10th month? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A schedule for 5 employees working 2 at a time 
20150123 

From Cynthia: We have 5 employees and need only 2 to work on Saturdays. what is the best
way to fairly schedule everyone. PS. from time to time a sixth person will be
thrown in to make things really interesting. Answered by Victoria West. 





Scheduling meetings with pairs of people 
20150122 

From Jacey: I am trying to figure out a formula/system to pair up a list of people so they meet with each other every month, but they rotate who they meet with. Right now I have 13 people and I would like to just type in their names and then have the system put each person with someone else every month and rotate so no one gets the same person twice. Can this be done? Answered by Victoria West. 





Math in the universe 
20150121 

From GA: I want to find out examples in universe for this equation:
sin(x)/cos(x)=1 or tan(x)=1. I know the mathematical answer of pie/4 or 45 degree angle.
What I need to know is to find examples of this. I found an example in construction, for example, which is the shape of attic in the house.
I want to find examples in universe like in solar system, in quasars or jets coming out of them, in galaxies, in stars, in black holes, etc
Do you know of any such examples? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The volume of a swimming pool 
20150121 

From kirara: Find the volume of water in a swimming pool with vertical ends and sides. The length measured at the water line is 50 ft. And the breadth is 20 ft. The bottom of the swimming pool is a plane sloping gradually downward so that the depth of the water at one end is 4 ft. And at the other end is 8 ft. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The height of a building 
20150120 

From Emily: A man 2m high observes the angle of elevation to the top of the building to be 70 degrees. And the angle of depression to the bottom of the building to be 19 degrees. How tall is the building? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Largest cone in a sphere 
20150115 

From Alfredo: What is the altitude of the largest circular cone that may be cut out from a sphere of radius 6 cm? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An input/output table 
20150113 

From Rose: How do you create an input/output table when the rule is: the output is a +5? Answered by Harley Weston. 





$xx,xxx million 
20150112 

From sherry:
as a financial editor, for years I've seen $\$$ amts like this:
$\$xx,xxx$ million (ie, with a comma, not dec point)
Isn't that thousands of millions, which would equal 'billions'? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An investment for 20 months 
20150112 

From rose: Darnell wants to have 2700$ to purchase a tv in 20 months. what will he need to deposit today if he earns 5% annual interest compounded monthly Answered by Penny Nom. 





h+h+h = 9 
20150112 

From juanita: How to solve h+h+h = 9 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The length of a roll of paper 
20150112 

From Peggy: roll of paper 3ft wide and roll equals 500 sq ft how long would the roll be? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a lake 
20150110 

From Peter: If a lake is 8 acres in size and 10 feet deep how many gallons of water does it contain Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mutually prime composite numbers 
20150109 

From nivedita: Two composite number that is mutually prime? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Scheduling 12 for lunch 
20150105 

From Sabrina: I have 12 staff members that need to have lunch together 1 time each week. I am trying to pair them in a way that we each have the same amount of lunches in the same amount of weeks. Please Help! Thanks! Answered by Victoria West. 





The degree of a polynomial 
20150105 

From Nichole: How do I determine the degree of polynomials? I've searched this on sites but they are
all so confusing! Is there a simple explanation or way to find what the degree is? Some
examples are: 6x^4 10x^2yz^5 and 3m^2n^710m^8. I also have to say that I am
under the impression that this symbol ^ means the number after it is an exponent. Answered by Robert Dawson and Harley Weston. 





A silo is composed of a hemisphere and a cylinder 
20150103 

From Ami: A silo is composed of a hemisphere and a cylinder. The total height for the silo is 20m and the diameter of the silo is 8m. What is the volume of the silo to the nearest cubic meter? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Filling a tub 
20150102 

From Mr: The cold tap can fill a bath in 5minutes,the hot tap in 15,and the waste pipe empty the full bath in 10 minutes. All three are fully open for 2 minutes,after which the wastepipe is closed. How much longer will it take to fill the bath? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An isosceles triangle 
20141231 

From ahmadmahmoud: an isoseles triangle is such that each of the base angles is twice the vertical angle.Find the angles of the triangle Answered by Penny Nom. 





1.5% of 1 trillion 
20141230 

From Kgosi: How much is 1.5% of 1 trillion? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Rates, percentages and units 
20141230 

From Kenneth: Hello:
If percentages have no units, why are some percentages called rates, as in interest rate, or
perhaps a tax rate of 7% as an example? A rate has units of different quantities.
I thank you for your reply. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The perimeter of a quarter circle 
20141226 

From Maisy: This is the question that I got for a math worksheet.
The radius of a quarter circle is 5 miles. What is the quarter circle's perimeter?
Use 3.14 for pi. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A trip to Ottawa from Toronto 
20141222 

From Kristy: A trip to Ottawa from Toronto will take 4 1/2 hours. Assuming we are 2/3 the way there, how
much longer will the trip take? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tangent to a circle 
20141222 

From azman: Find the equation of the tangent line to the circle x^2+y^2=9 at the point P (2, square root of 5). Answered by Penny Nom. 





A line segment of length root 5 
20141215 

From angela: On the dot grid below, draw and label a line segment with length square root 5
the dot grid is 8 by 10 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A cone is 2/3 full of sand 
20141214 

From Janice: A cone with a radius of 3.5 cm and a height of 12 cm is 2/3 full of sand.
What is the volume of the sand inside? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A right triangle 
20141213 

From Katie: the shorter leg of a right triangle measures 2 feet less than the longer leg. the hypotenuse measure 10 feet. find all three sides Answered by Penny Nom. 





Planar curves 
20141213 

From ann: what does planar curve mean in your definition of a cone? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A circle through 3 points 
20141204 

From priyanka: Find the equation of a circle passing through the origin and intercept on axes are a and b. Answered by Penny Nom. 





1999 equations in 1999 unknowns 
20141128 

From Subrahmanya: Solve the following system of 1999 equations in 1999 unknowns :
x1+x2+x3=0, x2+x3+x4=0……., x1997+x1998+x1999=0,
x1998+x1999+x1=0, x1999+x1+x2=0.
(in x1,x2,...................,x1999 the numbers 1,2,.............,1999 are subscripts) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Exponential notation 
20141127 

From Jaqui: May sound super easy, but how would you SHOW that you simplified
3x3 to the power of 2 (the little 2)?
thank you!
Jaqui Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is 20 and 3/5 of 10? 
20141126 

From Jeannine: What is 20 and 3/5 of 10? Question is written exactly this way.
Is this 20 3/5 times 10 (103/5 times 10), or is it 20 and (3/5 times 10)? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mark's book case 
20141124 

From anne: mark has 312 books in his case. he has 11 times as many fiction books as non fiction books. how many fiction books does mark have? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cutting a hexagon with a sliding miter saw 
20141123 

From Joseph: I need the angles in degrees for a hexagon one side is 18inches on the outside the problem I am having is in the angle of the cut and I am using a sliding miter saw which only goes from0 degrees to 45 degrees so I need help in getting the angle of the cut Answered by Harley Weston. 





Doubling the dimensions of a cone 
20141121 

From Hannah: If the volume of a cone of height 10 cm is 261.8 cm3, show that this
volume is increased by a factor of 8 if the dimensions of the cone are doubled. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two quadratic equations 
20141120 

From rajesh: Sir,
I would like to discuss on question
Find the value of variable X and Y, equations are
X2+Y2+2XY=25
X2+Y22XY=1
Sir, my point is equation looks not so easy.My opinion is there many
(more than 4)value possible for both X and Y.
Kindly help me.
Waiting for your response.
regards,
rajesh Answered by Penny Nom. 





An age related word problem 
20141118 

From Cole: Susan and Russell are brother and sister. Susan says that in two years she will be twice Russell's current age. Russell says that he's only three years younger than Susan. How old is each of the siblings? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many square feet in 10 gallons of liquid at 1/4 in thick? 
20141114 

From Rich: How many square feet in 10 gallons of liquid at 1/4 in thick Answered by Penny Nom. 





(x3)^2(x+3)^2 
20141113 

From Bernice: (x3)^2(x+3)^2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





1/6k=11 
20141113 

From Marty: Using the balance method, what is the answer to 1/6k=11, trying to find what k equals. Thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





An irregular convex octagon 
20141113 

From james: I have an irregular convex octagon, alternating between 4 large edges, say 'a' mm long and 4 small edges, say 'b' mm long, is there a formula available so that I can work out the minimum size sit a circle with a radius of 34.25mm inside it thank you Answered by Chris Fisher. 





The area of a circle in terms of the circumference 
20141104 

From Sarah: How do you find the area of a circle if you already have the circumference?
There was one answer to this question already but it didn't make sense to
me, because they rounded up pi which you can't do so the answer is
incorrect. thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





A quadratic function modelling the heightof a flea jump 
20141102 

From Hannah: A flea jumps from the ground to a height of 30 cm and travels 15 cm horizontally from where it started. Suppose the origin is located at the point from which the flea jumped. Determine a quadratic function in vertex form to model the height of
the flea compared to the horizontal distance travelled Answered by Penny Nom. 





Jason's speed 
20141031 

From jason: the speed of Jason is 12 times faster than everyone. The speed of Jason is 108mph. Write the equation and solve to find the speed of everyone else. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Prime factorization in exponent form 
20141031 

From Emma: I need to find out how to make a prime factorization of 120 in exponential form. Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is the speed of the boat in still water? 
20141030 

From Adam: The current in a stream moves at a speed of 2 km/h. A boat travels 38 km upstream and 38 km downstream in a total time of 3 hr. What is the speed of the boat in still water? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two quadratic polynomials 
20141028 

From khushboo: The zeroes of a quadratic polynomial x^2+ax+b are 'c' and 'd'
and the zeroes of a quadratic polynomial x^2+cx+d=0 are 'a' and 'b'.
find the numerical value of a+b+c+d where a, b, c and d are non zero integers. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The region between two concentric circles 
20141027 

From Ray: two circles, concentric; Given the length of chord of outer circle that is tangent to inner circle. what are the areas of both? how to calculate? Answered by Penny Nom. 





logbase4 (sin x) = 0.5 
20141026 

From Susan: Solve for x: logbase4 (sin x) = 0.5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





6 bolt holes around a circle 
20141026 

From Bobby: What Is The Cord Dimension For 6 Holes On A 24" Bolt Circule Answered by Penny Nom. 





Revolutions per minute 
20141024 

From Edward: Hello; I have a 28.2 inch diameter tire; do not worry about engine RPM or gear ratios, please tell me what the RPM
of that tire is at 8 MPH and 64 MPH. Thank you.
Sincerely; Edward Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 10foot piece of PVC pipe 
20141021 

From David: A plumber has a 10foot piece of PVC pipe. How many 9/5foot pieces can be cut from the 10foot piece ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three consecutive odd integers 
20141017 

From Maddy: 3 times the largest of three consecutive odd integers is 13 more than the sum of the other two. What are the integers? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Water in a spherical container 
20141017 

From Natalie: A spherical container with radius 10cm being filled with water such that the water level, h cm, in the container increase at a rate of 0.5 cm s^(1). Show that the area of the horizontal surface of water, A cm^(2), in the container is given by A = π(20h  h^(2) ). Answered by Penny Nom. 





A poorly worded question 
20141014 

From Marjorie: How do I figure out the following? Dylan's dog weights 12 times more than his pet rabbit. The dog and the rabbit weight 104 pounds. How much does Dylan's dog weigh? Would you explain in detail how I would arrive at the answer so I can convey same to my grandson who is in the 5th grade.
Thanks. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A linear system 
20141014 

From pheter: 4/x  1/y = 3 .... equation (1)
6/x  2/y = 5 .... equation (2) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A fact family containing 4, 4 and 16 
20141014 

From Leslie: I am helping my son and the question is 4,4,16 in fact family what does that mean Answered by Penny Nom. 





How does pir^2 = 1/4pid^2? 
20141014 

From al: Hi I cant work out the algebra. How does pir^2 = 1/4pid^2 Thanx Answered by Penny Nom. 





Building an 8 sided box 
20141014 

From Michael: I want to build an 8 sided box. The North, East, South, and West sides I want them to be 4 feet in length.
The NE, SE, SW, and NW sides I want to be 2 feet in length. What angles do I need to cut my angles.
Thanks Michael Answered by Penny Nom. 





15  (5x)/ x = 30 
20141013 

From AMANDA: 15  (5x)/ x = 30
I thought you had to multiply both sides by x in order to remove the fraction?
15x  5x  x2 = 30x
then combine 10x  x2 = 30x
x2 =20x
then take the sqrt of each side...
what am I doing wrong?? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Pre algebra 
20141012 

From mohamed: i want to know the meaning of pre algebra Answered by Penny Nom. 





A quarter mile row of trees 
20141009 

From junna: a farmer would like to plant trees on one side
of his lot which is 1/4 of a mile in a length
His friend advised him that if he would plant
the trees 5 feet farther apart,he would need 44
fewer trees.If the farmer would take the advice,
how many trees would he plant? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why express fractions in lowest terms? 
20141009 

From John: I teach in a Faculty of Education. A colleague in the university asked me about fractions and lowest terms. I am quoting the person below, and would appreciate your insights into the question/thought.
"One I'm struggling with is why (for example) 6/18 is not considered as good an answer to a fraction question as 1/3. The traditional response is that 6/18 is not in lowest terms so the question has not been finished until the fraction is reduced, but what actually makes the lowest terms answer the better one? Is it convention? Is there a way to explain why simplest form answers in fractions are right and and anything else is considered incorrect without alluding to some need for this 'good habit' elsewhere in math or science? Is there a reallife reason?"
Thank you for any insights and if you have nothing to offer to this query, that is fine too. I appreciate your consideration.
John Answered by Robert Dawson. 





One zero to a quadratic expression 
20141006 

From Kevin: Find a value of n such that f(x) = 3^x2 + nx + 6 only has one zero, is this the only solution to the question? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tennis ball in a triangular prism 
20141006 

From Anna: Hi, I need to find the the base and the height of a triangular prism, but I only know the diameter of a tennis ball that fits exactly in the triangular container.. The diameter for the ball is 8.50cm.
Can you help me find the formula?
Thank you! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Trig functions and the unit circle 
20141002 

From Jake: I was wondering what conclusions can be drawn about the trigonometric functions and how they work about the circle. Can you also please give me an explanation for it? Thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A lost combination 
20140928 

From Kim: I cannot remember my combo to this simple lockbox. It is 3 digits from 09. They can be used more than once . I thought it was 117..but no joy. I am fairly sure it was using those digits 1, and 7. can you give me a list of all possible combinations, using 1s and 7s, for the 3 number code? Thank you and I am in awe of people who have math skills, for I certainly do not. 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 wire is bent to form a right triangle 
20140925 

From Lorena: A wire 24 dm is bent to form a right triangle. The ratio of the shorter leg to the hypotenuse is 3:5. Find the length of the longer leg? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two equations in x and y 
20140925 

From seyilogo: solve y=2x  3 and (4x  2y) / x + y = 1 simultaneously Answered by Harley Weston. 





Continuity on a closed interval 
20140921 

From Pragya: The trouble I'm having is as follows :
a continuous function is most of the times defined on a closed interval,
but how is it possible to define it on a closed interval ,because to be continuous at endpoints of the interval the function's
limit must exist at that endpoint,for which it has to be defined in its neighborhood,but we don't know anything about whether the function is always defined in the neighborhood.
Please help... Answered by Penny Nom. 





The perimeter of a parcel of land 
20140918 

From Shirley: What is the perimeter of a parcel of land that is 564 acres square Answered by Penny Nom. 





Meetings for 77 students 
20140918 

From Adam: We have a new group of students starting, and would like to set up a series of small group meetings so each student meets each other, hopefully without meeting the same people twice.
We have 77 students. In theory I would like to have 11 meeting slots, with 10 groups in each slot, with up to 8 students in each group. Is there a way to do this?
I have wondered if it might be easier to do 9 meeting slots, with 9 groups per slot, with 9 students per group.
Thanks! Answered by Victoria West. 





Two equations in two variables 
20140918 

From Susan: (28x + 36y)  [20000  .75(28x + 36y) + 60000] = 5000
x + y = 10000
solving two equations involving variables 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. 





A tangent to a curve passing through a point not on the graph 
20140915 

From Aquilah: For the curve y = x2 + 3x, find the equations of all tangent lines for this graph
that also go through the point (3, 14). 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. 





Two chords in a circle 
20140913 

From Carlos: Find the length of the radius of a circle in which a
chord of length 6 units is twice as far from the
center as a chord of length 12 units Answered by Penny Nom. 





The average of 9 numbers is 45 
20140912 

From rizza: The average of 9 numbers is 45. If 90 and 88 are added to the set of numbers. What will be the resulting average? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The average age of a group of 10 students 
20140911 

From sujan: The average age of a group of 10 students was 20. The average age increased by 2 years when two new students joined the group . What is the average age of the two new students who joined the group? Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





The perimeter and diagonal of a rectangle 
20140910 

From niniha: the perimeter of a rectangle is 68cm.if the diagonal is 26, find its dimensions Answered by Penny Nom. 





A second grade word problem 
20140909 

From Beth: How do I explain to my second grader how to find the answer to the problem:
My tens digit is 8 more than my ones digit. My ones digit can not be zero. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Problem solving 
20140908 

From hubert: a car left the house and travelled at an average speed of 60 kph.how many minutes will it take for the car to reach the school which is 8 km away from the house Answered by Penny Nom. 





A secret number 
20140908 

From jai: it is smaller than half of 100, it is more than 4 tens and less than 5 tens, the tens digit is two more than the ones digit , together the digits have a sum of 6..... What is my secret number? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The diagonals of a cube 
20140904 

From Rukshanth: How many diagonals does a cube have? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The sum of two numbers is 52 
20140901 

From Blake: The sum of two numbers is 52 and the difference is 10. What are the numbers? i used to be real good at this stuff? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Interior angles in a parallelogram 
20140830 

From xavier: so, one of my math homework questions requires me to know how to find out how to find the interior angles in a parallelogram, the question is, "how many interior angles does a parallelogram have?" Answered by Penny Nom. 





Water usage in Ames 
20140829 

From Abigail: The City of Ames water treatment plant treats 7 million gallons of water per day on
average to meet water demands. Hypothetically, if water is withdrawn from a
groundwater system with an area of 51.6 square miles
(approximate area of Ames and surrounding area),
what is the depth of water in inches that would have to be added to
the groundwater system annually to replace the water that is withdrawn by the city? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three collinear points 
20140828 

From jhanavi: p,q,r are three collinear points.p and q are(3,4) and (7,7) respectively and PR is equal to 10 units.find coordinates of R Answered by Penny Nom. 





Logarithms 
20140828 

From effaryna: how logarithms is applied in everyday life? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Using a bucket to fill a tub 
20140827 

From Charlotte: A bathtub needs to be filled with water. To fill the tub, a bucket needs to be filled then dumped into the tub. If the bucket is a cylinder with a radius of 6 in. and a height of 12 in, how many buckets will it take to fill the 5 ft x 3 ft x 3 ft tub. Answered by Penny Nom. 





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. 





A car passing a bus 
20140824 

From Athish: the driver of the car is travelling at 36 km/hr and spots a bus 80 m ahead of him after 1 hr the bus is 120 m behind the car what is the speed of the bus Answered by Penny Nom. 





The perimeter of a triangle 
20140821 

From Phyllis: What is the perimeter of a five acre triangle with one side being 250 feet and the second side would be at a 90 degree angle.
Thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Filling three holes with stones 
20140820 

From mark: how many tonnes of hardcore/crushed stone would it take to fill
1 hole 9ft diameter 5ft deep
and 2 holes both 3ft diameter and 5ft deep Answered by Penny Nom. 





Revisiting 8 golfers in two foursomes 
20140819 

From steve:
I noticed you had an answer on how can you put 8 golfers in even foursomes over 7 games so that everyone plays with everyone equally. However the formula showed the following sequence that was used but did not go past the second day. Can you change the 0s and 1s into the numbers 1 to 8 instead. Here is what you have written:
Day 0 : (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1)
Day 1 : (0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1)
Day 2 : (0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1)
Day 3 : (0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1)
Day 4 : (0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0)
Day 5 : (0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0)
Day 6 : (0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0)
Thank you so much for your anticipated help.
Steve Answered by Harley Weston. 





A barge of triangular cross section 
20140818 

From tushar: a barge of triangular cross section is 20m long 12 m wide and 6m deep.its floats in SW at a draft if 4m find its displacement Answered by Penny Nom. 





4 rounds of golf as three foursomes 
20140818 

From Christopher: For our golf trip, we will be playing 4 rounds of golf as three foursomes. We would like to have each person play with everyone at least once. Is this possible? Answered by Victoria West. 





The equation of a circle 
20140814 

From jennifer: hi there My name is Jennifer and residing in Denmark. I am a student and I wrote to you because i am having trouble in finding out the equation for the circle using
(xa)^2 + (yb)^2 =3D r^2.The diameter of this circle is d=3D 44,514 cm.
I have attached a drawing of my problem..thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





Distance, speed and time 
20140813 

From abdel: Mac walked to a park from the college at 5 km/h. 10 minutes later, Steve started
riding his bike at 15 km/h to the same park to meet Mac. They arrive at the same
time at the park. How far is the park from the college? Answered by Tyler Wood. 





Speed, distance, time 
20140813 

From Aarti: a theif running at 8 km/hr is chased by a policeman whose speed is 10km/hr.if the thief is 100 m ahead the policeman then what will b time required for the policeman to catch the thief? Answered by Tyler Wood. 





Golf for 10 
20140812 

From Fred: We have 10 golfers playing 4 rounds: one 4some and two 3somes each round.
Can you suggest the best distribution of players? Answered by Victoria West. 





Golf for 15 
20140811 

From Brian: I am trying to arrange 5 rounds of golf for 15 golfers. We will play 5 in a group, 3 groups per round, 5 rounds. I would like everyone to play with everyone else. Secondary objective would be for no one to play with anyone else more than 2 times.
Thank you. Answered by Victoria West. 





Multiplication in base five 
20140807 

From Alise: Hi Maths Central!
I was wondering if you could help me with multiplying in base 5. I have read a question previously answered by you in regards to this but got fairly confused by it and was hoping you could help me with my question.
My question is: Multiply 1422 base 5 by 21 base 5 keeping these numbers and answer in base 5.
Would you also be able to explain how to get to the answer?
Thanks! Answered by Penny Nom. 





4821x14y is an 8digit number divisible by 72 
20140806 

From RAYA: if 4821x14y is an 8digit number divisible by 72. How many values can x and y take? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A chord and an arc of a circle 
20140806 

From Luis: Hello I am trying to figure out how to get chord lengths of quarter points for a circle. I work with large diameter circles and I need to be able to find chord length from 0 degrees to 90 degrees, 0 degrees to 270 degrees, 270 degrees to 180 degrees and 90 degrees to 180 degrees. Can you please use 100ft. diameter as example and work out the problem. I'm sorry if I use wrong terminology, I'm really bad at math . Thank you in advance for your time and help I really appreciate it. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The area of a quadrilateral 
20140806 

From Rahul: find the area of the quadrilateral whose side measure9cm,40cm,28cm,15cm and in which the angle between the first 2 sides is a right angle Answered by Penny Nom. 





The dimensions of a rectangle 
20140803 

From Jamaica: if the perimeter of a rectangle is 30m and its area is 56 m2.find its length and width? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 6 team sports schedule 
20140802 

From Daniela: Hello,
My husband and I are volunteering at our church's Jrs camp and we were given the task of making the schedule for sports. There will be 6 teams and a total of 3 games for two days. We would like for every team to play each other but we cannot figure it out.
Pls help!
Thanks. Answered by Victoria West. 





A word problem with fractions 
20140801 

From nathanielcabalan: The denominator of a fraction is one more than the numerator. If the numerator is increased by three, the resulting fraction is one more than the original fractional. Find the original fraction. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem concerning averages 
20140726 

From Bernie: The average weight of a team of children is 50kg, Todd who weighs 56 kg then joins the team. The average weight of the new team is 51. How many children in the original team? Answered by Penny Nom. 





60% as much as $30. 
20140718 

From Kenneth: Question from Kenneth:
Hello:
Do you know why some "as...as" phrases indicate multiplication?
For example, ? is 60% as much as $30. This is equivalent to 60% X $30 = $18. How does this make sense?
I saw this example in an old textbook on business mathematics, but the author did not explain why it is equivalent
to multiplication.
I thank you for your reply. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Selecting a meal at a school cafeteria 
20140718 

From Gil: A school cafeteria offers 2 main entrees, 3 fruits, 4 vegetables, and 3 drinks. If a plate consists of 1 entree, 2 vegetables, 1 fruit, and 1 drink, how many different plates can a cafeteria manager make? Please explain how you derived at answer. Thank you Answered by Penny Nom. 





Expand and simplify [x3][x+3] 
20140716 

From symion: Expand and simplify [x3][x+3] Answered by Penny Nom. 





An octagon around a tree 
20140716 

From floyd: I want to build an octagon 4 feet from base of tree from 4x4's. What length do I cut my pieces Answered by Penny Nom. 





16 golfers over 15 weeks 
20140711 

From Steve: I need a schedule for 16 golfers over 15 weeks, where each golfer is paired with a different golfer each week and plays 4 matches per week against 4 different pairs (each pair does not have to play each week) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 14 team golf league 
20140711 

From Pat: We have a 14 team golf league that plays a 16 week schedule. Playing once per week, I need a schedule where each team plays every other team at least one time. Answered by Victoria West. 





A 5 sided lot 
20140710 

From mia: have the feet numbers of three sides, but the forth side is in a "V" so it has two figures.
Question: can i add the two figures of the "v" together to get one figure, so then I would have the figures for all four sides. Answered by Harley Weston. 





4/9 of a set of story books cost Rs 630. 
20140709 

From YASIN: If 4/9 of a set of story books cost Rs 630. What will the rest of the set cost? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A ladder against a wall 
20140709 

From thabo: A ladder 6.5m long,leans against a wall so that the top of the ladder is 4.8m from the ground.what is the angle of elevation of the ladder to the top of the wall Answered by Penny Nom. 





A rotation schedule for 14 teams 
20140708 

From Daniel: I am organizing team activities for a summer camp. We have 14 teams and 7 rotations and 7 different games. every team will play a different game each rotation. Where I am having trouble is I would like each team to play a different team each rotation without a repeat. Is that possible? if so what is the formula? Answered by Victoria West. 





14 golfers, 7 men and 7 women 
20140706 

From John: I have to schedule 14 golfers, 7 men and 7 women, into 4 teams each day, playing for 3 days. So each player plays with as many different players as possible for 3 games. Answered by Victoria West. 





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. 





The method of elimination 
20140705 

From leo: please explain how can i solve this problem
3x6y=38
6x9y=44
using elimination and simultaneous method thank you :) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Quarters 
20140704 

From kamal: how many quarters in the sum of 8 and 12 ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Sum of 22, product of 125 
20140703 

From marj: find two real numbers whose sum is 22 and whose product is 125. Answered by Paul Betts, Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





The width of a rectangle 
20140702 

From john: if the area of a rectangular field is 90 sq. m and its length its is 19 m find its width Answered by Penny Nom. 





Covering a 12 inch by 12 inch square hole 
20140702 

From Patricia: I am putting in a new bathroom fan. I am wondering if a new light with a 15 inch diameter will cover the existing square hole which is 12 by 12 inches? If the existing hole is 11 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches?
Also, if the 15 inch diameter does not cover the 12 by 12 hole, what size diameter would?
Thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A six digit number 
20140630 

From anupam: hi,
my daughter asking a solution for the below question, kindly help.
Write the smallest 6 digit number wit digits ( 2,4,3,0,5,7).
plz this is an urgent requirement.
regards,
anupam Answered by Penny Nom. 





Angular speed 
20140629 

From andrea: a wheel having a radius of 10cm rotates such that the linear speed at its rim is 30mls.
what is the angular speed of the wheel in rpm? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Differentiate ln[x(2x4)^1/2] 
20140628 

From Igwe: If y=In[x(2x4)^1/2],find dy/dx at x=3 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A triangle on the surface of the Earth 
20140626 

From Christine: A, B and C are three towns, the bearing of B and C from A being 310 degrees and 220 degrees, and their distances from A are 510km and 700km respectively. Find the bearing of B from C to the nearest minute. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The largest odd number using the digits 08672 
20140624 

From audrey: what is a 5 digit greatest odd number out of this given digits? 08672 Answered by Robert Dawson. 





12 golfers 
20140623 

From Derek: I have a golf group that is set up as follows.12 players broken into 2 teams of 6.We play as a 4 ball ie 2 from each group.I am looking for a formular to have the 2 players from each group not play with each other again & also both of the 2 in each group not play with others in the other group more than once.I don't believe it is possible,so will accept as little duplication as possiblemany thanksDerek Answered by Victoria West. 





An oval pool 
20140621 

From steve: I have a 16' x 28' oval pool that is buried 24" deep inground. The dig site is dug
2' wider all the way around the pool. I need to back fill this area with stone. I want to fill this area with 6 to 8"
of stone. How many tons of stone will this take?
Thanks you
Steve Answered by Penny Nom. 





Simultaneous equations 
20140620 

From rana: solve the simultaneous equations
a)3x=7y
12y=5x1 Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many kilometers to a longitudinal degree? 
20140619 

From cherrielyn: Assuming that earth is a sphere of radius 6380 km,
what is the difference in the latitudes of two cities 270 miles apart
positioned on the same meridian?
Thank you in advanced po! :) Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A reversed curved on a railroad track 
20140619 

From cherrielyn: Assuming that earth is a sphere of radius 6380 km,
what is the difference in the latitudes of two cities 270 miles apart
positioned on the same meridian?
Thank you in advanced po! :) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two regression lines 
20140614 

From catherine: Given a set of data values ,we can get two regression lines .Explain. Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





A model of the sun and the Earth 
20140614 

From Lynn: There is a model of the sun that is 2 1/2 inches in diameter. This is the only clue we have! How far away is the earth from this model? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A small solid silver pyramid 
20140613 

From Jenesis: For Awards Night at Baddeck High School, the math club is designing small solid silver pyramids.The base of the pyramids will be a 2 in by 2 in square. The pyramids should not weigh more than 2.5 pounds. One cubic foot of silver weighs 655 pounds. What is the maximum height of the pyramids? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a circle of circumference 32.69 meters 
20140611 

From coco: Find the area of a circle with a circumference of 32.69 meters. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Forming a cylinder from a square 
20140608 

From kalyani: the curved surface of a cylinder is a square of diagonal 2*square root of 2. What is the area of the base of the cylinder? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Another conditional probability problem 
20140608 

From PAVITHRA: Two dice are thrown. What is the probability that sum of the numbers appearing on the die is eleven, if five is appear on the first die Answered by Penny Nom. 





Bags of sand 
20140606 

From Robert: We have a section that is 20ft long by 14ft wide and 4inches deep, the bags of sand are
.5 cubic ft. How many bags of sand do we need to fill this space evenly. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Factorials 
20140606 

From penny: What is factorial? For eg. Like 2!, 3! 4! Etc. Answered by Penny Nom. 





20 teams and 10 competition stations 
20140604 

From Joel: I have 20 teams. There are 10 competition stations.
Each station will accommodate exactly 2 teams to compete with each other at a time.
Each of the 20 teams needs to compete at each of the 10 stations exactly one time.
Here's the catch I cannot solve: how to schedule it so that each team plays EVERY OTHER TEAM once and only once, while never repeating a station. Answered by Victoria West. 





10 golfers, playing 7 rounds in 2 x 3balls and 1 x 4ball 
20140604 

From adrian: Hi,
We are off to Scotland on our yearly golfing trip soon.
Question is we have 10 golfers, playing 7 rounds in 2 x 3balls and 1 x 4ball.
I would like to ensure that each golfer plays with the other guys an equal amount of times,
guess 3ish? and we share the amount of times each player plays in the 4ball.
Hope you can help? Answered by Victoria West. 





How do we use logarithms in our daily life 
20140601 

From ss: how do we use logarithms in our dailylife Answered by Penny Nom. 





6 inches of dirt in a baseball field 
20140601 

From Mary: The baseball field is 20,000 Square feet, 6 inched deep
I need to know how many cubic yards of dirt this will generate. Answered by Penny Nom. 





How do I make fractions into decimals? 
20140531 

From jay: Hi,
I wanted to know how do I make fractions into decimals example 1 3/8? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An equilateral triangle with vertices in 3 parallel planes 
20140531 

From prajay: How to construct an Equilateral Triangle whose vertices lie on three
parallel lines, if the distances of two lines are 'a' and 'b' units
from the middle line.What is the length of the side of the
Equilateral Triangle ? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A word problem with fractions 
20140530 

From shadab: A container of milk is 4/5 full. When 10l milk is poured into it, the container becomes 9/10 full. What is the capacity of the container ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A rotating schedule for 9 individuals 
20140529 

From Josh: I need to set up a rotating schedule for 9 individuals.
The individuals will be pairing each week in groups of two.
Thus, every week there will be 4 groups of two individuals and one individual not paired with anyone (i.e. a "bye week").
The rotating schedule should not repeat any pairing and it will continue until each individual has been paired with every other individual once.
Thank you Answered by Victoria West. 





A word problem with fractions 
20140523 

From Tanzeela: There are 1200 pupils in a school. 2/3 of them are girls. 1/4 of the boys are overweight.
How many boys are overweight? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Overlapping sets 
20140523 

From daniel: motors inc manufactured 325 cars with automatic transmission,216 with power steering ,and 89 with both these options. How cars were manufactured if every car has at least one option? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a wedge 
20140521 

From steve: I need to figure the volume of a wedge / right triangle, the dimensions of the right triangle is L1(10'5"), L2 (10'6"), H (14'9.5") height of L1 is 0'0" height at intersect L2/H is 3'3" Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of hexagonal pyramid and hexagonal prism 
20140518 

From visshwam: how to find volume of hexagonal pyramid and hexagonal prism?
my measurements are each side of pyramid's triangle is 1"x2"x2".
hexagon prism is 2"x1" each side Answered by Penny Nom. 





14 golfers for 13 weeks 
20140517 

From Judi: I want to schedule each of my 14 golfers to play each of the other girls one time during a 13 week period. We would golf in foursomes , threesomes or twosomes to make this happen. Can you send me a grid that would do this scheduling? I'm at a loss as to how to do it!! Answered by Victoria West. 





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. 





The equation of a line 
20140516 

From Michael: Find the equation of a line that passes through (2,1); the sum of the x and yintercepts is 2. (There are two answers) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A hexagon with different side lengths 
20140516 

From Grace: Sorry if this is a simple question, but I can't seem to understand how to solve it. I am Trying to find the area of a hexagon with measurements 6x7x6x6x7x6, or 2 sets of opposing sides with 6, and one set with 7. Thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Golf for 14 players over 12 weeks 
20140516 

From Judi: How would I develop a playing schedule using foursomes and one twosome for 14 players who will play 12 weeks and each person would play all but one of the others? Answered by Victoria West. 





A problem with numbers 
20140514 

From Justina: Okay so I don't understand how to equal this equation to 10 using bedmas.
I've been stuck on it for a few days now. Is there different ways you can show me
Using these same numbers?
5 2 4 3 1 = 10
Help! Thanks. Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





18 golfers for 5 rounds with a teaching Pro 
20140514 

From Maree: We are taking 18 golfers on Tour with a teaching Pro. There are 5 rounds of golf and we want everyone to play with the Pro once, but everyone else to play with as many different people as possible Answered by Victoria West. 





A circle a square and a rectngle 
20140512 

From mazhar: suppose the length and breadth of the rectangle are 5 cm and 10 cm respectively and M is a point along the corner of the circle. what is the radius of the circle?(diagram is given..but i didn't mention it..actually the diagram looks like a circle inscribed in a square and the right bottom corner one rectangle will be given ,it is touches to circle at a point M that I've already mentioned and the dimensions of that rectangle also I've mentioned) please help me out.. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Travelling upstream and downstream 
20140512 

From Mohanad: Howie Sorkin can travel 8 miles upstream in the same time it takes him to go 12 miles downstream. His boat goes 15 mph in still water. What is the rate of the current? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 12 week poker tournament 
20140512 

From Jamie: Looking to schedule a 12 week poker tournament with 18 players ...playing 2 separate 9 person tables...I'm looking to have a balanced schedule where everyone player with each other an equal amount of time Answered by Victoria West. 





Mary's height as a percentage of Michael's height 
20140511 

From Lauren: Mary is 1.4m tall and her brother Michael is 1.2m tall.
Express Mary's height as a percentage of her brother's. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The length of a shadow 
20140509 

From vijay: A girl of height 80 cm is running away from the base of a lamppost at a speed of 2 m/s. If the lamp is 4 m above the ground, find the length of her shadow after 5 seconds. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A question concerning two lines 
20140509 

From Hela: The equation of the line L is 6x+5y=3, and the equation of line Q is 5x6y=0, which statement below about the line is true?
A) same y intercept
B)parallel
C) Same x intercept
D)perpendicular Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many boards did the carpenter start with? 
20140508 

From Yanly: A carpenter has several boards of equal length. he cuts 3/5 of each board.
After cutting the boards, the carpenter notices that he has enough pieces
left over to make up the same length as 4 of the original boards.
How many boards did the carpenter start with? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for 2 teams of 10 
20140507 

From John: How can I set up a schedule for 2 teams of 10 on a team to play each individually against each other over a 10 day span at 10 different course with 10 different start times each day. I was looking to not repeat any competition. As an example, Team A would consist of players 110, Team B would consist of players 1120. I would want to have 10 start times a day for 10 days where a member of team A plays a member of team B each day without repeating any matches and any of the same courses and not repeating any of the same start times. Any help in this would be GREATLY appreciated!!!! Answered by Victoria West. 





A 5person golf flight 
20140505 

From Jeremy: can you have a 5person golf flight and play only 3 matches so that one person plays one match each? Answered by Victoria West. 





Golf for 8 
20140505 

From Ivan: We have an eight member golf team. We field one foursome each week for 16 weeks of league play. How do I roate the eight members so each team member plays with each team member and all play an approximately equal number of times? Answered by Victoria West. 





4 golfers in twosomes 
20140504 

From Lori: 4 golfers want to play as 2 somes every week, but rotate the 2 players so we all play together
With each other evenly thru out the summer Answered by Victoria West. 





Golf :15 players over 4 days 
20140502 

From michael: We are playing with 15 players over 4 days. We plan to have 3 people in each group. A total of 5 groups with 3 players each. Can I arrange for each player to play with other players only 1 time? Answered by Victoria West. 





1÷[1√2(order of surd is 4)] 
20140502 

From Anoushka: if t=1÷[1√2(order of surd is 4)] , then t=? Answered by Penny Nom. 





11 golfers going on a golf trip for 4 rounds 
20140501 

From David: I have 11 golfers going on a golf trip for 4 rounds of golf. I want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to play with everyone at least once but not more than twice.
Also, as we are n = 11, we will be composed of 344 everyday. I am trying to ensure that as few as people as possible play in the group of 3 (golf seems to be more enjoyable for whatever reason in foursomes). i have tried 3 differemt times and can seem to figure it out. Can you assist? Answered by Victoria West. 





2 teams of six playing each other 4 times 
20140501 

From Steve: I have 2 teams of six (Team A & B) playing each other 4 times.
Is it possible to have a player from Team A play with a different partner from Team A for each of the 4 rounds,
and likewise for Team B.
Whilst no player from either team plays an opponent more than twice during the 4 rounds? Answered by Victoria West. 





If x+y+z=1 then x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = ? 
20140430 

From Nitin: If x+y+z=1
then
x^2 +y^2+z^2 = ? ? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Profit and loss 
20140429 

From Anoushka: A man sells two tables of the same price. On one he makes a profit of 10 percent and on the other he suffers a loss of 10 percent.Find his loss or gain percent on the whole transaction. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A triangular chicken pen 
20140427 

From Cierra: Margaret has two lengths of fence, 20 meters and 24 meters, for two sides of a triangular chicken pen. The third side will be on the north side of the barn. One fence length makes a 75° angle with the barn. How many different pens can she build if one fence is attached at the corner of the barn? What are all the possible lengths for the barn side of the pen?
Not sure what they are asking here... please show step by step what to do! Thank you so much! Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume and radius of a sphere 
20140427 

From grace: How do you find the radius of a sphere when all you know is the volume? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The derivative of sin(x) 
20140426 

From Lucky: f(x)=Sin(x), by first principle its f'(x)...show me how to solve such problem. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for 9 teams on 3 fields for 18 days 
20140425 

From Scott: I need to schedule 9 teams on 3 fields for 18 days with no buys. Two teams play while other practices in field(little guys). Two fields have backstops and other is open field. Would like to have even time on each diamond if possible. Thank you Answered by Victoria West. 





Solve for theta 
20140425 

From ALASTAIR: Hi, The question asks Solve for 'theta' cos2theta=sintheta x costheta.
Substituting for cos2th either 12sin^2th or 2cos^2th does not give an equation in either sine or cosine alone how do I solve this please? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An octagonal pad 
20140425 

From George: Hi,
I need to pour a cement pad in the shape of an octagon that allows
for 12" of clearance around the tank I will be putting on it.
The tank has a radius of 16'. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A trig problem 
20140425 

From srishti: Consider the points P= (sin(ab),cosa), Q=(cos(ab),sina), R=(cos(ab+c),sin(ac), where 0 Answered by Chris Fisher. 





What was the selling price? 
20140425 

From Con: Apple built 40 32GB wifi iPads, gave away two in a contest, and sold the rest at two times the manufacturing price. If the company's total profit was $10,782, what is the selling price of one of these iPads? Answered by Penny Nom. 





What time was it when joe's brother passed him? 
20140425 

From Nathan: joe left home in his bike at 10:00 am, traveling 21 km/h. At noon, his brother set out after him on his motorcycle, following the same route. if the motorcycle traveled at 63 km/h, what time was it when joe's brother passed him? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two 9 hole golf leagues 
20140423 

From Sally: I need help scheduling two 9 hole leagues. Here are the variables:
 Leagues alternate each week starting on the front and back
 League A starts at 4:30 with 7 groups and League B starts at 5:15 with 8 groups (all use carts and must be teed off by 5:30)
 Regular play must continue, customers who have started before league play begins have preference to continue their round whether they are playing 9 or 18 holes.
Thank you!!! Answered by Victoria West. 





Golf for 6 
20140421 

From barbara: We are a group of 6 golfers. We play in groups of 3 for 5 days.
How can I arrange the groups that everybody plays with everybody else at least once?
Thanks. Answered by Victoria West. 





Golf with 3 teams of 20 
20140421 

From Joshua: Thank in advance for this great service
Golf  new  3 teams of 20  to create 20 unique groups of 3
For example use 3 teams of 3
1a 2a 3a
1b 2b 3b
1c 2c 3c
So groups are
1a 1b 1c
2a 2b 2c
3a 3b 3c
Groups can only have one a, one and one c  and that combo should be unique Answered by Victoria West. 





A 22 team golf league 
20140421 

From Terry: We have a team league at our local golf course.
We have 22 teams, we would like it so that each team plays the other team only once.
I have tried the scenario.
1,21;2,20;3,19;4,18;5,17;6,16;7,15;8,14;9,13;10,11;12,X X+1=1 scenario
2, 1;3,21;4,20,5,19,6,18;7,17;8,16;9,15;10,14;11,13;1,X
using formula from other post in your forums.
I can get all the possible playing arrangements. The big quandary is setting up the schedule
so that each week, each team would start on a different hole.
I can get the first 11 weeks scheduled very easily, it is just trying to get the last 11 weeks scheduled?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Answered by Victoria West. 





Golf League Schedule for 15 weeks and three flights 
20140421 

From bigdog: I need help setting up a 12 team (3 flights with 3 teams in each flight) 15 week league play schedule. Each team must play teams in there perspective flight twice during the 15 week season. Answered by Victoria West. 





A normal distribution problem 
20140419 

From Melanie: This is the question:
The lifetime of a certain type of car tire are normally distributed. The mean lifetime of a car tire is 40,000 miles with a standard deviation of 5,000 miles. Consider a sample of 10,000 tires. A) How many tires would you expect to last between 35,000 and 45,000 miles? b) How many tires would you expect to last between 30,000 and 40,000 miles? c) How many tires would you expect to last less than 40,000 miles? d)How many tires would you expect to last more than 50,000 miles? e) How many tires would you expect to last less then 25,000 miles? f) What tires would you want on your car and explain your reasoning
Not at all sure that we've done any of this correctly and not sure how to determine how many tires will last less than 25,000 miles.
Any help is appreciated. Answered by Penny Nom. 





An input output table 
20140419 

From Stephanie: I have an input output table with x/y filled out except one x and one y. I need help. How do I find X? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Simultaneous equations with fractions 
20140419 

From Maryam: I looked at your example of simultaneous equations with fractions and applied it to my question from an educate exam papers but I couldn't get it to work. The question is:
x/8  y = 5/2
3x + y/3 = 13 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Robyn and Shaun swim 
20140418 

From kajinthan: robyn swims four 35m lengths.shaun swims eight 15m widths. how much further does robyn swim?solve this maths Answered by Penny Nom. 





A frustum of a pyramid with a square base 
20140418 

From tuba: a pyramid has a base of 10 m and is 15 m high.what is the volume? if 6m is removed from top what is the volume of the remaining frustum? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A circle is divided into three sectors 
20140417 

From atolagbe: the area of a circle is 154cm square. it is divided into three sectors such that two of the sectors are equal in size and the third sector is three times the size of the other two put together. calculate the perimeter of the third sector. take pi=22/7? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Barrels of oil 
20140416 

From daryl: Looking for an accurate number to use when calculating barrels per inch in a a tank with the following dimensions:
Nominal diameter  15'6", nominal height  16ft, nominal capacity  500 barrels. These are commonly referred to as 500x16 tanks.
Currently we are using 2.6 barrels per inch. We need 180 barrels for a full load so I'm trying to figure out how many total inches I need to load 180 bbl. This has been a matter of debate for some time. Thanks for your help. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The area bounded by the Xaxis and y=x^(2)4 from 5 to 0 
20140415 

From Lexie: Determine the area that is bounded by the following curve and the xaxis on the interval below. (Round your answer to three decimal places)
y=x^(2)4, 5 ≤ x ≤ 0
The answer is 32.333 but I have no idea how to get there. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tangent of the curve (x/a)^n+(y/b)^n =2 
20140415 

From sudhir: the equation of tangent of the curve (x/a)^n+(y/b)^n =2. at(a,b) is Answered by Penny Nom. 





A conditional probability problem 
20140413 

From Chiluya: Two fair dice are rolled. what is the probability that the number on the first die was at least as large as 4 given that the sum of the two dice was 8? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The cost before the sales tax 
20140413 

From Juanda: Hello,
I know the customer cost with tax and I know the sales tax.
How do I find out the customer cost prior to the added sales tax?
Thank you Answered by Penny Nom. 





A sand trench around a pool 
20140413 

From steve: How sand is needed to back fill a trench around a 24ft dia. pool that is 26" deep by 2ft wide. Making the outside dia. 26ft.
Thank You Answered by Penny Nom. 





Manipulating an equation 
20140412 

From Paul: S=4wl+2wh and solve for h Answered by Penny Nom. 





A slab of wet clay 
20140412 

From Karen: How many square feet ( at 1/4 inch thickness) are in 100 lbs. of wet clay? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A golf league with 20 players over 17 weeks 
20140412 

From Chris: I have a golf league 20 players and 17 weeks. We don't have teams so I just want to have everyone to play with each other the about same number of time and, hopefully, randomly distributed throughout the season. We have had situations in the past where two people play together for three weeks in a row and then not anymore for the rest of the season. From other posts, I see how to schedule the first 5 weeks without repeats but I can’t figure out an algorithm to for the rest of the season. Thanks! Answered by Victoria West. 





Decimals,fractions and percentages 
20140411 

From Frances: Ask an expert to find out their real life usage of your topic... that is the question.
meaning what is your real life usage of using decimals,fractions and percentages.
This is all part of my math assignment to ask an expert real life usage... so please
reply back as soon as possible Answered by Penny Nom. 





A golf league consisting of 14 two man teams 
20140410 

From Kevin: Hello,
I need to make a schedule for a golf league consisting of 14 two man teams playing over the course of 20 weeks. I understand that each team will play at least once and I believe 7 teams will play each other twice over the course of the season. How would I generate this schedule. Thank you,
Kevin Perry Answered by Victoria West. 





How fast did Jessica grow? 
20140410 

From jasmine: when she was 14 jessica was 5 feet, 4inches tall . at 18 she is now 6 feet, 2inches tall .how fast did jessica grow during this time Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The surface area of a circular dome 
20140410 

From Shafiqah: Is this a dome's surface area formula??
{{2 × π r × h square units}}
Is the surface area of the floor for the dome is calculate too in this formula?
Thanks for answering. =) Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





Two rectangular prisms 
20140410 

From hannah: two rectangular prisms have a combined volume of 432 cubic feet Prism A has half the volume prism b has what are the volumes of prism a and prism Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two cones 
20140409 

From c.j: what is the length of the radius of the LARGER cone(the LARGER cone has a slant height of 15) when the SMALLER cone has a radius of 8 and a slant height of 12ft ,please help. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two circles that touch each other externally 
20140408 

From Ameya: Two circles of radii a and b (a > b) touch each other externally. ST is a common tangent touching the circles at S and T respectively, then ST^2 is equal to Answered by Chris Fisher. 





The surface area of a rectangular prism 
20140408 

From Manraj: Find the surface area of a rectangular prism with dimensions 4, 5, and 7 units. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sides of a triangle 
20140406 

From Michael: I am supposed to sove for the length of side "b" of an irregular triangle. I am given the following:
Side a: 65'
Side b: Find this length
Side c: 50'
Angle A: unknown
Angle B: unknown
Angle C: 52 degrees
I am supposed to use the law of cosines to solve for side "b" and my teacher
says there is no mistake in the "givens" for the problem. I do not see how
this can be done using the law of cosines and i have not figured out how to sove for
angle B to use the law of cosines. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cutting a hexagon from a disk 
20140405 

From Paul: I am a machinist and sometimes need to make a hex from
round material.
If I know the distance of the flat sides opposite one another
of my hex, how can I calculate the size of material I need to turn
to give me the right diameter to finish the part with six sides? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 4 digit number 
20140404 

From LIM: "A" is a 4 digit number formed by all the numbers from 1 to 4. When "A" is divided by 9, the remainder is the biggest possible value. What is the biggest value of A? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





The locus of a point 
20140404 

From srishti: A point P moves such that the difference between its distance from the origin and from the axis of x is always a constant c . what is the locus of the point? Answered by Penny Nom. 





3/4lbs of nails fills a container 2/3 full 
20140404 

From Tyler: If 3/4lbs of nails fills a container 2/3 full, then how many lbs of nails will fill the container? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Golf for 8 playing 7 rounds 
20140403 

From Evan: We are going on a golf trip to Scotland and are trying to work out the pairings. There are 8 of us playing 7 rounds. We would like to be partnered up in 2's with everyone once and have evenly split up foursomes. Thanks for the help Answered by Victoria West. 





Evaluate x(3x+5) if x=2 
20140403 

From Destiny: I wanted to know the value of x(3x+5) if x=2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Shadows of a father and son 
20140402 

From esada: the father and son cast a shadow of 11 feet and 8 feet,respectively if the son is 4'8'' in height,how tall is the father? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is this a right triangle? 
20140401 

From amina: decide whether or not the following points are the vertices of right triangle (9,2),(1,2),(9,11) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for an 8 man golf team playing 4 each week 
20140401 

From Harold: We have an 8 man golf team and wish to schedule only 4 to play each week and to have each member play with one of the other 7 at least once.
What is the simplest method. Number of weeks could be up to 18 or so. Answered by Victoria West. 





A cubical tank 
20140401 

From renzo: A cubical tank contains 2048 cubic ft of water when HALFFULL. Find the total area of the tank and the length of its diagonal Answered by Penny Nom. 





Reducing the size of a poster by a scale factor of 1/3 
20140401 

From deeshon: eric is making a smaller copy of a poster that measures 20.4 cm wide by 34.2 cm long.he reduces the original by a scale factor of 1/3.what are the dimensions of the copy Answered by Penny Nom. 





Golf with 20 players and one compulsory bye 
20140331 

From Wayne: I'm trying to run an event with 20 players, I would like if at all possible to limit amount of people playing repetitively together. (Mix it up and play with different people). Here's the conditions. I want groups of 4 over 5 rounds. On each round I want 4 players to drop out and have a bye (to help run the game) but I dont want them helping a group they've played in if I can help it. Is this possible ? Answered by Victoria West. 





A schedule for 6 people 
20140329 

From John: How do I set up a schedule where six people are here for ten of twenty days.
Arranged in rotating groups of three, so everyone works with everyone else.
Everyone works with everyone else at least once and everyone works ten days. Answered by Victoria West. 





A cyclic quadrilateral 
20140328 

From Carly: Suppose ABCD is a cyclic quadrilateral, i.e A, B, C, and D are the points on a circle,
given in order going around the circle. Show that if we join each of A, B, C, and D to the orthocentre
of the triangle formed by the other three, then the resulting line segments all intersect in a common midpoint.
Thank you. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Percentage increase of the population of a town 
20140328 

From hunter: The population of a certain town in 1984 was 2900 people. The percent increase was 2.5% each year. What is the town's population in 2002? Answered by Penny Nom. 





12 golfers, 6 rounds 
20140327 

From Bill: I have a group of 12 golfers playing 6 rounds of golf. I am
looking for a pairings schedule that allows each golfer to play
at least one round in a foursome with each of the other eleven
players.
Can you provide me with a solution? Answered by Victoria West. 





A table of values 
20140327 

From Marisol: A table value X 0,1,2,3,4,5,6 and Y 3,7,11,15,19,23,27 . what relationship of X to Y is represent by which equation? A . y= 4x. B y =x+3 . C y =4x+3 or . D y =4x3 Answered by Penny Nom. 





12 golfers, 24 weeks 
20140327 

From George: I have 12 golfers and want to set up a season schedule that will avoid duplication of playing partners as much as possible. The saeson is 24 weeks long. Do you have a formula? Answered by Victoria West. 





An inequality 
20140327 

From James: a step on a stairway is at least 8 inches high. write and solve an inequality to represent the maximum number of steps between floors that are 10 feet apart Answered by Penny Nom. 





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

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





A word problem with fractions 
20140326 

From lois: a man has a stack of boards, he cuts 3/5 off each board, after he cuts the boards he finds he has enough pieces left to make 4 boards the length of the original boards. how many boards did he start with. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Justin and his father went fishing 
20140326 

From Confused: Justin and his father went fishing and together caught 12 fish.
Three times the number of fish that Justin caught exceeds 12 by
as much as 5 times the number that his father caught exceeds 8.
How many fish did each catch? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The faces of a triangle 
20140324 

From Westun: Your answer says that a triangle has 0 faces but isn't
the part of the shape you see the face!? Because i am having trouble
with that so could you help me!
thanks! :) Answered by Penny Nom. 





9 golfers in groups of 3 
20140322 

From Andrew: We are a group of 9 golfers.
We play 4 rounds in 3 groups of 3.
What would be the most equitable where everyone plays with another at least 1 time...?.
Thank you. Answered by Victoria West. 





Riding on a Ferris wheel 
20140321 

From Claire: A Ferris wheel has a radius of 72 feet and its center is 85 feet above the ground. At the top of the Ferris wheel, Sam is in the topmost car. If the Ferris wheel makes two complete revolutions per minute, how high above the ground will Sam be after 10 seconds? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three digit padlock combinations 
20140320 

From Edwin: Would appreciate if you can provide me with the list of different combinations that can be obtained from a three digits number. I lost the access code of a three digits number padlock (and need to open it order to get important documents Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ms. Werenich's nickels, dimes and quarters 
20140319 

From London: Ms. Werenich has twice as many dimes as nickels and 4 more quarters than nickels. If she has $4.50, how many of each coin does she have? What would the let statements be of this problem and can you solve it? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Find two numbers with a sum of 8 and a difference of 4 
20140319 

From Elisabeth: Find two numbers with a sum of 8 and a difference of 4. Let x be the greater number and y be the lesser number. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A formula for determining concrete volume in cu. yd. 
20140319 

From Steven: I know a couple of formulas for determining concrete volume in cu.yd. the one I use most frequently is length in feet x width in feet x thickness in inch. Divided by 324. It works every time. Where does the number 324 come from. Answered by Penny Nom. 





14 teams divided into two equal divisions 
20140318 

From C: We have 14 teams divided into two equal divisions. We want each team to play each team in their division one time and four teams from the other division one time. What is the schedule Answered by Victoria West. 





A circle inscribed in a right triangle 
20140316 

From akshaya: A circle with centre O and radius r is inscribed in a right angled triangle ABC. If AB=5 cm, BC=12 cm and < B=90*, then find the value of r. Answered by Penny Nom. 





2 rectangular prisms are similar by a scale of 0.75 
20140316 

From gina: 2 rectangular prisms are similar by a scale of 0.75. The volume of the smaller prism is 27cm3 (cubed). How many cubic centimeters is the volume of the larger prism? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two overlapping arcs in a square 
20140315 

From Jean: I have a square with side 4 cm. There are two overlapping arcs going from vertex to diagonal vertex. The other two vertices are the center of the arcs, which are shaded. How do I find the area of the shaded arcs? The overlapping arcs when shaded resemble a long thin football
Thank you for your help. Answered by Penny Nom and Walter Whiteley. 





The area of a 5 sided lot 
20140315 

From Michael: Question from michael:
This lot is in feet. 59x154x109x188x137 per the plot plan Answered by Harley Weston. 





Three consecutive whole numbers 
20140313 

From Abhishek: Three consecutive whole numbers are such that if they be divided by 5,3 and 4 respectively, the sum of the quotient is 40. What are the numbers? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A chord length of 2 cm 
20140313 

From prema: I am having only chord length as 2cm. how to find arc length and degree Answered by Penny Nom. 





A cable around the Earth 
20140313 

From fikile: By how much must an equatorial cable be extended in order that it runs 1meter above the ground? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A parabolic suspension bridge 
20140311 

From jeffrey: the towers of a parabolic suspension bridges 200 meter long are 40 meter high and the lowest point of the cable is 10 meter above the roadway.Find the vertical distance from the roadway to the cable at 50 meter from the center. Answered by Penny Nom. 





8 golfers for 7 rounds 
20140311 

From Brian: We have 8 guys playing 7 rounds of golf.
We want to play with each player as a partner only once, sounds simple but i can not come up with the match ups beyond the first 4 matches.
I believe the numbers should work perfectly where each player can play with another as a partner only once each throughout the week.
Please help. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The ratio of boys to girls is 5:3 
20140310 

From jane: The ratio of the number of boys to the number of girls in the concert hall is 5:3. After additional 28 boys entered the concert hall, the ratio of the number of boys to the number of girls become 3:1 How many girls are their in the concert hall? Answered by Penny Nom. 





24 golfers playing 3 rounds 
20140310 

From Jim: How can I rotate 24 golfers playing 3 rounds of golf so that none of them play with the same person twice. Answered by Victoria West. 





A circle which is tangent to two perpendicular lines 
20140309 

From MJ: I'm a College Student taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education on Math Subject.
And I'm struggling for my research about Circles. I done solving the said topic particularly on this question:
"What are the possible equations of a circle being tangent to a pair of perpendicular lines, having the origin as the Point of Intersection and the C (h, k), where h, k ∈ℤ"
But I can't get what would be the process that I must do in order to jive to my idea/goal for that problem.
Please check my idea that the numerical coefficients of the equation is equal to the radius of the circle.
Thanks in advance! :) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem 
20140309 

From Joanne: Ashley weighs 5kgs more than Joyce. Their total weight is 41 kgs. What is the weight of Ashley? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for 6 teams over 12 weeks 
20140309 

From Paul: So I have a question. I noticed you came up with ways to create schedules and we are having a really hard time making our lineup correctly. Basically we have 6 teams that will play over a 12 week period every Monday night. The time slots are 1 hr each playing at 6, 7 and 8. We would like each team to play 3 games at each time slot over the 12 weeks. Is this something that can actually be accomplished?
Thanks so much for your help! Answered by Eric Venables. 





Eleven golfers 
20140308 

From Leon: I have a group of 11 golfers wanting to play 10 rounds of golf in grouping of 4,4,3 .What is the best solution so that everyone plays each other as many times as possible Answered by Victoria West. 





Simple interest 
20140308 

From lynn: I need to find what the interest will be for: 5000.00 @ 16.5%
annual rate, and the same for 10.8 % for 5000.00 annual rate all one question
thank you for your aid Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of scale in a pipe 
20140308 

From Sid: What is the estimated volume of scale (Liters) if you have a 12 inch ID pipe,300 feet long with scale 1/2 inch thick. Please show me the method and formula. Thank you for your assistance. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The angle of depression 
20140308 

From Ranger_minor: A woman of height 1.4 metres standing
on the top of a building 34.6 metres high
views a tree some distance away.
she observes that the angle of depression of the bottom of the tree
is 35 degrees and the angle of depression of the top of the tree
is 29 degrees.
assume that the building and the tree are on level ground :
1). calculate the distance of the woman
from the top of the tree measured along her line of sight. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Determine the selling price 
20140308 

From augustine: knowing an auctioneer charges a 7% fee and I know I want $74,400 what is the formula to determine selling price. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The equation of a circle 
20140307 

From Balraj: I have to draw a circle x^2+y^2 =8x . please tell me how to understand these coordinates ? please elaborate , on how to understand these types of equations. Answered by Penny Nom. 





What are the possible lengths of the hypotenuse? 
20140307 

From audrey: The three sides of a right angles triangle measure x2, x+5, and 2x1 in length.
What are the possible lengths of the hypotenuse?
... I'm doing the equation c2=a2+b2 and subbing in the numbers but nothing makes sense Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mixing oil and gas 
20140307 

From Geoff: What amount of oil would I need to mix on 501 basis for a4litre tank (13.57ozs) capacity tank. Thank you Answered by Penny Nom. 





The inverse of y = 5^x 
20140307 

From Melody: how do you find the inverse of y = 5^x Answered by Penny Nom. 





Parallel chords 
20140306 

From Raj: AB andCD are two chords which are in the same side of the circle.The length of AB=12 and CD= 24.if the distance between them is 4 then find their radius. Pls help me I just believe on you guys I am having my exam after 3 days Answered by p. 





A circle graph 
20140306 

From Caitlyn: I need to find the measure of the central angle that represents the amount of time spent on each activity.
My question includes a circle graph with the following: Sleep 31%, Other 15%, Entertainment 18%, Errands 7%,
Work 20%, and Food 9%. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A speed word problem 
20140224 

From kiss: Hank bicycles 5 km/h slower than Kelly. In the time that it takes Hank to bicycle 42 km, Kelly can bicycle 57 km. How fast does each bicyclist travel? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem 
20140223 

From Anh: The Texas State Legislature is comprised of state senators and state representatives. The sum of the number of senators and representatives is 181. There are 119 more representatives than senators. How many senators and how many representatives make up the Texas Legislature? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem with fractions 
20140223 

From alex: In a certain fraction the number by n the denominator is greater than the number by3.If 2 is added to both the numerator and denominator ,the fraction is increased by 6/35..Find the fraction. Answered by Penny Nom. 





x^3+(1/x^3)=18√3 
20140223 

From Asiv: if x^3+(1/x^3)=18√3; then what is the value of x? Answered by Penny Nom. 





9 golfers divided into 3 teams 
20140222 

From Steve: We have 9 golfers, divided into 3 teams each day. Play is over 6 days. Can you devise a schedule to ensure pairings allow for all golfers to play at least once with all participants?
Also, that the pairings have one player from another team. Answered by Victoria West. 





A circle through three points 
20140222 

From Mohammad: Find the equation of circle passing through the origin and the points (a,b) and (b,a).
Find the length of chords that it cuts off from the axes. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Finding the retail price 
20140222 

From Judy: An item is currently on sale at 37% off the retail price. The item now sells for $350.
My Question:
What is the retail price and what is the formula or steps to figuring that out? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A limit with trig functions 
20140222 

From pearl: (what is the value of limit of x as it approaches 0 of sin8x divided by cos6x) Answered by Penny Nom. 





8 team schedule over 7 days 
20140221 

From Andrea: I need to organize 8 teams.
Each team has to go through 8 games against another team, but not against the same as before. Answered by Victoria West. 





2.3% of $17.3 trillion 
20140221 

From C: What is the annual interest on $17.3 trillion at a rate of 2.3%. Thank you Answered by Penny Nom. 





Gradient 
20140221 

From Nancy: calculate the gradient of the line AB when the line AB is passing through the points A (2,1,) and B ( 4, 3).) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 7 person golf schedule 
20140221 

From Claude: Golf Holiday: 7 guys, play a 4some and a 3some each day for 10 days.
Want to have the best balance of each player playing with every other player
the same number of times and each player playing in an equal number of
4somes and 3somes. Answered by Victoria West. 





A fountain surrounded by a walk 
20140218 

From Maddie: A square Water Fountain is Surrounded by a walk 2 yards wide.
If the Area of the Fountain is 2/3 of the total area of the Fountain and the Walk.
What are the Outside Dimensions of the Walk Answered by Penny Nom. 





The graph of y=2x+4 
20140218 

From tyler: y=2x+4 graph Answered by Penny Nom. 





Paul is making banana bread 
20140217 

From John: Paul is making banana bread. The number of cups of bananas he uses is proportional to the number of loaves of bread. Paul uses 11 1/4 cups of bananas to make 5 loaves of bread. Which equation represents the relationship between c, the number of cups of bananas, and b, the number of loaves of bread?
A) C=4/9 b
B) C=2b
C) C= 2 1/4 b
D) C=5b Answered by Penny Nom. 





Selecting a card 
20140216 

From Akarsh: Cards numbered 1 to 1000 were put in a box.Ali selects cards at random.What is the probability that Ali selects a card containing at least one'3'? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The growth of a tree 
20140216 

From Emily: If a tree is 10 ft tall after 2 years and 25 ft tall after 5 yrs , find the rate of change of growth
Of the tree if y is the height in ft and x is the number of years. Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is the exponential form of 1/square root of 6v? 
20140216 

From Prince: What is the exponential form of 1/square root of 6v Answered by Penny Nom. 





Simultaneous fractional equations 
20140215 

From benjamin: hi math central. benjamin here. during class, i had problem with this topic. normally i wont have problems with math but this topic i just too hard for me. please help i am having exam and test next week on this topic
here is the question:
using substitution method, solve the simultaneous equation.
(x+1)/(y+2)=0.5
(x2)/(y1)=1/3 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The grade of a road as a percent 
20140214 

From Emily: What is the grade of the road shown below expressed as a percent rounded to one decimal place?
Rise is 40feet
Run is 380 feet Answered by Penny Nom. 





Rolls of window film 
20140214 

From Travis: This question is probably close to the same question as "roll of paper"
We have Rolls of Window Film that we are trying to figure out an equation for a spreadsheet that we can use to "inventory" our window film.
We use a caliper tool to measure the thickness of the roll in millimeters.
the core thickness = 1.90mm
Full Roll thickness(including core) = 9.08mm to 9.12mm
Film thickness = 0.06
Full Roll of Film is supposed to average 1200" of film
What equation could we use to get the approximate inches left remaining on the roll if we measured the roll including the core with the Caliper tool in Millimeters? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Some mixed nuts 
20140212 

From Andrew: How many kg of mixed nuts that contain 30% peanuts must Paul add to 6kg of mixed nuts that contain 38% peanuts to make a mixture that contains 33% peanuts? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem 
20140211 

From cyril: In a rectangle,the length is 1.5 times the breadth.if the length is shortened by 3 m and the breadth is lengthened by 3 m, the rectangle will be a square. Calculate the dimensions of the rectangle. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Water in a conical funnel 
20140211 

From Marcus: Water is running out of a conical funnel at the rate of 1 inch^3/sec. If the radius of the base of the funnel is 4 in. and the altitude is 8 in., find the rate at which the water level is dropping when it is 2 in. from the top. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A ball in a box 
20140209 

From kenneth: I have 2 questions.What is the radius of the largest ball that will fit into a box that has the inside dimensions of 6feet by 8 feet by 10feet. and the second question is how many cubic feet of concrete will you need to complete a patio that is 20 feet long by 15 feet wide by 5 inches in hight. Answered by Penny Nom. 





8 golfers, 11 rounds 
20140209 

From Clare: I am leading a group of 8 golfers who will be playing 11 rounds each
at the end of next month and have been tasked with coming up with
a schedule that allows, as close as possible, that has everyone playing
an equal number of rounds with each other. Do you have any suggestions? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a cone 
20140208 

From hibba: why is the volume of right circular cone divided by 3? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Can a cylinder be considered a circular prism? 
20140208 

From Davina: Can a cylinder be considered a circular prism? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Pizza for 24 
20140207 

From Delaney: if 8 people eat 2/3 of a honey chicken pizza how many pizzas are need to feed 24?
How is this problem solved. Thank you! Answered by Penny Nom. 





A number with all the digits different 
20140207 

From Jon: I'm not a mathematician but just curious. Is there a name for a number of up to ten digits where each digit is different,
i.e the equivalent of an isogram in linguistics? My online banking gives me a random 8digit number each time I log on
and it is rare to get one of the type I refer to. There must be calculable odds, but I'm only allowed one question!
Thanks in advance
Jon Answered by Harley Weston. 





Prime factorization 
20140206 

From Kadeejah: Write the prime factorization of 37 in exponential form Answered by Penny Nom. 





Walking up and down a hill 
20140206 

From flo: michelle walks 4 km to the top of a hill at 3 km/h then immediately walks back down at an average speed of 5 km/h what is her average speed for the 8km walk Answered by Penny Nom. 





A triangle has angels in the extended ratio of 2:5:8 
20140206 

From Rubina: a triangle has angels in the extended ratio of 2:5:8. find the measure of
all three angles? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of a frustum 
20140202 

From mike: volume of frustum R23", r 18", h 16" Answered by Penny Nom. 





Conics 
20140201 

From Kassidy: Hey, I have searched through all the questions about conics and how
people use them in the real world, but none of them were very specific
on how they are applied and the process, why it's so important etc.
I have a project due asking these questions and it's been very difficult
finding the right answer, if you could name jobs, how they are use and
specifically applied that would be greatly appreciated. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The dimensions of a room 
20140201 

From jenna: The length of a rectangular room is 2m more than the width. Find the dimensions if the perimeter of the room is 34m Answered by Penny Nom. 





Related rates 
20140130 

From Veronica: A container is the shape of an inverted right circular cone has a radius of 1.00 inches at the top and a height of 5.00 inches. At the instant when the water in the container is 1.00 inches deep, the surface level is falling at the rate of 2.00 inches/second. Find the rate at which the water is being drained. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A man and a kite 
20140129 

From Veronica: A man flies a kite at a height of 120 meters. The wind carries the kite horizontally away from him at a rate of 8 meters/second. How fast is the distance between the man and the kite changing when the kite is 130 meters away from him? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A bizarre percentage problem 
20140129 

From matthew: by what percent was the child's sodium level beneath the normal range?
the child's sodium level was 107 where the normal is 136145 Answered by Harley Weston. 





Two nonlinear equations 
20140126 

From Naryn: (1÷x) + (1÷y) = (7÷12)
xy = 12 Answered by Penny Nom. 





An inequality 
20140125 

From LANELL: this is a problem to solve: 1/3 + 2/7 >=x/21  part of the answer is (oo)
not exactly that similarit is on a calculator as a symbol sure you know what it is I am talking about the x will be a number Answered by Penny Nom. 





Problem solving 
20140124 

From ngozi: There are 4 children in the Owens family. Jamie 1 1/2 times as all as Kelly and he is 6 inches taller than Olivia. Sammy is 56 inches tall, which is 2 inches taller than Olivia. Find Jamie's height Answered by Penny Nom. 





Kate, Tess and Nina 
20140123 

From Sam: Kate is 16 yrs. younger then Tess. Nina is 8 yrs.older then Kate. The sum of their ages is 189. How old is each? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The fourth side of a quadrilateral 
20140123 

From joanna: left vertical measurement 2560mm
right vertical measurement 1850mm
base horizontal measurement 1750mm
question  what will the 4th measurement be please.
using a scale drawing I make it approx 1900mm but require an accurate measurement
regards
Joanna Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem involving fractions 
20140123 

From Pamela: John put 1/4 of his flowers in a vase
He gave 1/2 to of the flower to his wife
He gave 1/5 of the flowers to his daughter
He has 8 flowers left
How many flowers did John start with Answered by Penny Nom. 





Reducing the area of a parking lot 
20140119 

From Robin: The school is reducing the area of its 20yd by 50yd parking lot by removing a strip at one end of the parking lot and another strip of the same width from one side. The new area of the parking lot is 504 said yes. Find the width of the removed strip Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mixing water and wine 
20140119 

From manish: a man mixes three part of water to one part of wine.When he consumes
one part of mixture he realise that the drink is too dilute and hence adds one part of
wine to the remaining quantity what is the ratio of water to wine in the new mixture. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mark's books 
20140118 

From Jason: Mark has 312 books in his bookcases he has 11 times as many fiction books as nonfiction books how many fiction books does mark have?
26 212 286 301 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A rectangular shaped property 
20140117 

From Donna: If I I have property that is rectangle shaped. I I know the ends are 100 feet how many feet would the sides be to make 5.4 acres Answered by Penny Nom. 





An inequality 
20140117 

From Rosie: 4x/x2<3
four x divided by x2 is less than or equal to 3 Answered by Penny Nom. 





$9.50 in coins 
20140115 

From dana: you have $9.50 in coins. it has twice as many nickels as quarters and three times as many dimes as nickels. how many of each coin do you have? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Five cubes 
20140115 

From Bob: Rick has five cubes. When he arranges them from smallest to largest, the difference between the heights of any two neighbouring cubes is 2 cm. The largest cube is as high as a tower built from the two smallest cubes. How high is a tower built from all five cubes? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Watching a bouncing ball through a window 
20140115 

From Bob: A ball falls from the roof, at a height of 10m. After each impact on the ground it bounces back up to 4/5 of its previous height. How many times will the ball appear in front of a rectangular window whose bottom edge is at a height of 5m, and whose top edge at a height of 6m? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is this operation associative? 
20140114 

From patrick: Associative test: Can you explain the following to me?
Is the following operation associative?: x*y=x+y+1
1) x*(y*z)=x*(y+z+1)=x+(y+z+1)+1=x+y+z+2
2) (x*y)*z=(x+y+1)*z=(x+y+1)+z+1=x+y+z+2
The answer is yes as 1) = 2)
My specific questions are:
1) How x*(y*z)=x*(y+z+1)=x+(y+z+1)+1 ?
2) How (x+y+1)*z=(x+y+1)+z+1?
Thank you!! Answered by Penny Nom. 





A 7% solution 
20140114 

From imran: what amount of H2SO4 should be added to make 5mL of 0.7% H2SO4 solution Answered by Penny Nom. 





The train fares are proportional to the square root of distance traveled 
20140111 

From manish: train fares are proportional to the sq .root of distance traveled. the train fare is Rs. 24.4 for a distance of 140 kms. by how much % does the total fare increase if the same distance is covered by breaking the journey after every 35 kms. Answered by Penny Nom. 





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

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





A rectangle inscribed in a circle 
20140110 

From Marian: A 16 cm by 12 cm rectangle is inscribed in a circle. Find the radius of the circle. Answered by Penny Nom. 





4x^37x^22x 
20140110 

From Alvi: 4x^37x^22x Answered by Penny Nom. 





Radio direction finders 
20140109 

From Nathan: Radio direction finders set up two points A and B, which are 2.5 miles
apart on an eastwest line. From A, it is found that the bearing of a
signal from a radio transmitter is N36.33 degress E, while from B the
bearing of the same signal is N53.67 degrees W. Find the distance of
the transmitter from B. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A boxandwhisker plot with one whisker 
20140109 

From Susan:
Question from Susan, a teacher:
I read your answer to the question about could a box & whisker have NO whiskers.
It made sense to me. However I am preparing for my advanced class and I have a sample graph comparing box plots of data.
Several of the box have only 1 whisker. There is no explanation for this. Can you help me out. I cannot think of a data set that would produce this. Thanks! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two tuna boats 
20140109 

From amanda: Two tuna boats start from the same port at the same time, but they head in opposite directions. The faster boat travels 10 knots per hour faster than the slower boat. At the end of 8 hours, they were 272 nautical miles had each boat traveled by the end of the 8 hour period? Answered by Penny Nom. 





When would one flip the inequality sign? 
20140109 

From Natasha: Would one flip the inequality symbol in this equation: (explain why)
(9a)/(9) > 81
And please explain in what circumstances one would flip the inequality sign
THANKS! Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tire rolls 100 feet in a straight line 
20140107 

From Alanna: A tire has a diameter of 26 inches. If it goes 100 feet in a straight line, how many complete revolutions did it make? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A scalene triangle 
20140107 

From cherry: Hi
I have been given a scalene triangle of sides 
8m, 6m, and 10m ..
Please help me to find out the area and help me to find out the height .. Answered by Penny Nom. 





An equilateral triangle inscribed in a circle 
20140106 

From Anonymous: An equilateral triangle with sides 6 inches is inscribed in a circle. What is the diameter of the circle? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Units digit 
20140103 

From gracie: 9^23 units digit Answered by Penny Nom. 





4 children 
20131231 

From hope: 4 children; Peter is 7 years old & is 4 years younger than Dave. Dave is 9 years older than Paul. Paul is 11 years younger than Frances. Please list the children in order from oldest to youngest?!
thank you and anxiously await your answer, Hope Answered by Penny Nom. 





The slope of the line y=2x+5 
20131229 

From victoria: what is the slope of the line with the equation y=2x+5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Distance from a point to a line 
20131228 

From Sue: I need to find the distances from the west line on 1st Take Point and 2nd
Take Point.
Thanks,
Sue Answered by Penny Nom. 





ug/l and ppb 
20131227 

From Wally: convert 40.5 ug/l to ppb? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A linear equation 
20131226 

From khushboo: A farmer sowed wheat and paddy in two fields of total area 5000 sq.m. Write a linear equation and draw a graph to represent the same? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a quadrilateral 
20131221 

From khushboo: Find the area of quadrilateral pqrs in which
angle QPS=90°,PQ=12cm, PS=9cm, QR=8cm and SR=17cm.
(Hint: PQRS has two parts) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Analytic Geometry 
20131218 

From fRitz: if (x,4) is equidistant from (5,2) and (3,4), find x. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Schedule for a 4 team basketball league 
20131208 

From Sommer: I need a schedule for my kids basketball league. There are 4 teams.
We will play every Saturday for 4 weeks with 4 games per Saturday.
Week 5 will be the playoffs where 1st will play 4th and 2nd will play 3rd.
Week 6 will be winners of week 5. Please help!! Answered by Victoria West. 





A circle insubscribed in an isosceles trapezoid 
20131208 

From Bob: A circle is insubscribed in an isosceles trapezoid, with
parallel lengths of 8cm and 18cm.
What is the lengths of sloping edges and why? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A word problem 
20131208 

From Malissa: I am attempting to help my son with his math word problem, please help thank you .
Kylie and Ethan kept scrapbooks of their grandfather's stories from world war II. Kylie has 6 more than half the number of pages Ethan has. If Kylie has 21 pages in her scrapbook, how many pages are in Ethan's scrapbook? Answered by Penny Nom. 





conical lamp stand/staved wood 
20131207 

From Henry: need to make lamp stand that is wooden staved; need it to be 25 inches at bottom and 10 inches at top; need to know angles for staves to be cut; the lamp stand will be rounded on a lathe and will be 40 inches tall John Lucas built one and it is pictured on his web page. thank you for any help/direction; I checked out the answered for cone shaped objects on your page but didn't find what I could use. thanks again. Henrywoodturner, parent teacher student . . . . . Answered by Harley Weston. 





How do I graph y=2x1? 
20131207 

From cindy: How do I graph y=2x1? Answered by Penny Nom. 





f(x)= a+b*lnx 
20131204 

From Kevin: How do I find the curve, algebraically on paper, for f(x)= a+b*lnx with data points
(6,1303) (9,1639). I can do it with LnReg on a calculator but I want to know how
to get the same results or close to the same results by working it out on paper.
When I run it through the LnReg on the calculator I get, f(x)=181.792+828.678 Ln x.
How did it achieve this solution? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Problem solving with fractions 
20131203 

From Jennie: Paul has 2/3 as many postcards as Shawn. Shawn has 3/5 as many postcards as Tim.
If the 3 boys have 280 postcards, how many more postcards does Tim have than Paul? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Exponential form 
20131201 

From Alina: My question says to express each number in exponent form in as many different ways as I can; 16, 81 and 64. How do I do this? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Factor 
20131201 

From Rosa: How do you factor 9x^2  12y^2? Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is the slope of this line? 
20131201 

From Charlene: What is the slope of this line? Answered by Penny Nom. 





0.35 as a fraction 
20131128 

From Laura: How do you write 0.35 as a fraction or mixed number?
Laura Answered by Penny Nom. 





People on a bus 
20131128 

From jeric: 3/10 of the passenger in a bus were men, 2/7 of the remainder were women and the rest were children, if there were 50 passengers in the bus, how many more children than women were there? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a parallelogram 
20131128 

From shivam: a parallelogram has sides 34 cm and 20 cm .one of its diagonal is 42 cm. calculate its area Answered by Harley Weston. 





A sale price for a TV 
20131128 

From tom: a TV can be purchased for $278 normally is $328. what is the percent of the present cost of this TV will you be saving? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Base 5 arithmetic 
20131127 

From samuel: Good day sir, please i don't understand when you say 4x4=13 in base five? In fact, am always having difficulties in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication of number in the same base other than base ten. Please can you give me one example each with details explainations? Answered by Penny Nom. 





2 concentric circles 
20131127 

From Dimaris: The radius of the outer circle of 2 concentric circles is x. An
equilateral triangle inscribed in the outer circle also circumscribes the
inner circle. What is the radius of the inner circle in terms of x? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Problem solving 
20131126 

From Moira: Amy has £5 more than Ben. Ben has twice as much as Chris. In total they have £20 how much do they each have Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three roommates share the rent 
20131123 

From Cortlin: Because of different bedroom sizes, three roommates decide to split the rent this way:
Roommate A pays 75% as much as B does, and C pays 40% as much as B does.
What fractional part and percent of the rent does each roommate pay? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A schedule for 32 golfers 
20131122 

From Scott: I would like a schedule for 32 guys playing in 8 foursomes for 13 week. I would like it so that no one plays in the same foursome more than once or twice. Is this possible to do??? Can you let me know at bogeysm@yahoo.com if you can do it and if you will do it. Answered by Victoria West. 





Admiring handblown glass ornaments 
20131121 

From Ruby: We are admiring hand blown glass ornaments 5% are
unmarketable due to defects what is the probability the 3rd
ornament is the first defective one Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why can't we add or subtract speed? 
20131121 

From kashish: why we cannot add or subtract "speed" / directly in any given distance , speed , time questions? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Scheduling 10 people for 5 rounds 
20131120 

From Keith: Using golf as an example, I would like to schedule 10 people for 5 rounds with 2 groups of 4 and 1 twosome each round. I would like to minimze the number of times any one player plays with another. Can you provide an optimal schedule? Thank you for your help. Answered by Victoria West. 





The area of an irregular octagon 
20131118 

From zafar: if i have a rectangular octagon then how i can find its area
1. The length of rectangle is 42 and the width is 21 and and the base length is 4212 =30 i mean the
length of base =30 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Evaluate log3 14 
20131117 

From Tash: Use the Change of Base Formula and a calculator to evaluate the logarithm, correct to six decimal places. Use either natural or common logarithms.
log3 14 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Solve 0=2(x5)^2+4 
20131117 

From Leila: How do you find the solution to 0=2(x5)^2+4 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Inflection Point 
20131115 

From Z.: I was wondering if the function F(x)= x/ln(x) had an inflection point?
If yes, why it's not visible on the graph of the function?
Thanks. Answered by Penny Nom. 





n log n = 36 * 10 ^ 12 
20131112 

From shihab: How to find value of n in this equation :
n log n = 36 * 10 ^ 12 Answered by Penny Nom. 





One train overtaking another 
20131111 

From kiran: two trains of equal length are running in parallel tracks in the same direction with the speed of 60km/hr and 90km/hr respectively the latter completely crosses the former in 30 seconds the length of each train is in mtr Answered by Penny Nom. 





Matrices 
20131110 

From Ricky: Why must we have brackets around matrices. Why don't we just neatly write an array of entries crosswise and up and down to indicate a particular matrix? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A lever 
20131109 

From Durgesh: A farmer uses a 2 m long lever to lift large rocks from the ground of his field . He places a fulcrum 20cm from the rock end of the lever and then stands on the other end, levering out the rock. If the farmer weighs 100 kg , what is the heaviest mass of the ro ck that he can lift using this method? (how to solve) Answered by Penny Nom. 





The popcorn box problem 
20131107 

From Dave: We know that calculus can be used to maximise the volume of the tray created when cutting squares from 4corners of a sheet of card and then folding up.
What I want is to find the sizes of card that lead to integer solutions for the size of the cutout, the paper size must also be integer. EG 14,32 cutout 3 maximises volume as does 13,48 cutout 3.
I have done this in Excel but would like a general solution and one that does not involve multiples of the first occurence, as 16, 10 cutout 2 is a multiple of 8,5 cutout 1. Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





Substitution type simultaneous equations 
20131103 

From Kayla: I am having problems with substitution type simultaneous equations, when the variable you are substituting is a algebraic one:
y=x^23x+4 and 3x2y=1
I have rearranged 3x2y=1 to get x=(1+2y)/3 but when I substitute this x value into the other equation, I get the wrong answers!
Would appreciate any help! Thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Water flowing out of a tank 
20131103 

From Carolyn: The flow of water out of a hole in a tank is known to be proportional to the square root of the height of water above the hole.
That is,
dV/dt (proportional to) sq root (h)
The tank has a constant crosssectional area A, show that the height of water in the tank is given by
h = ((kt+C)/2)^2
If the tank is 9 metres high, and it takes 5 hours for it to drain from full to half full,
how much longer will we have to wait until it is completely empty? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The depth of a lot 
20131102 

From Gini: what is the depth of a lot with 45 feet frontage containing 1080 sq yards Answered by Penny Nom. 





A ratio problem 
20131031 

From indu: students of a school have been into 2 groups in the ratio 6:11, if the group has 870 students, how many students are there in all the school? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An extension using concrete blocks 
20131030 

From david: hi how many concrete blocks would i need for an extension 50 ft long ,20 ft wide and 12ft height Answered by Penny Nom. 





A sloped concrete wall 
20131030 

From Brad: We are planning on pouring concrete in a wall form that is sloped. One end is 73 inches tall, and it tapers to 24 inches tall over a distance of 348 inches. It is flat on bottom and sides and is 12 inches thick. Thanks. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is5/11 a positive rational number? 
20131030 

From tazneem: Is5/11 a positive rational number Answered by Penny Nom. 





A plane 
20131027 

From Thomas: Why is this 3d plane flat?
if m ≠ n
arcsin(sin(m*arctan(x/y))), arcsin(cos(n*arctan(x/y))),
Piarcsin(sin(m*arctan(x/y)))arcsin(cos(n*arctan(x/y)))
This is using radians.
These are angles of a triangle, when m and n are the same it is a right triangle. All three inputs are not equal to each other. The last input is pi minus the first two inputs, which makes a complete triangle.
I was kind of hoping to find more lissajous curves. It doesn't make sense to me that this is a flat plane, a diagonal one at that.
I'm not a student or anything. I'm just wasting time. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





The perimeter of a rectangle 
20131024 

From sana: if the length is given 70 m and the breadth is given as 40 m find the perimeter of the rectangle Answered by Penny Nom. 





A stem and leaf plot 
20131024 

From mary: Hi
I'm trying to answer my child's question on stem and leaf plot. For grade 4, the question is where do you put 57 in this list
6 0
5 4 8 8 9 4 6 4 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Tim is standing in a hole 
20131023 

From Marvel: Tim is standing in a hole that is 4 feet deep.
Ben asks him how much deeper is he going to dig the hole.
Tim replies he will dig to the level that is 4 feet 2 inches deeper
and that then the top of his head will be the same distance below
ground level that it is now above. How tall is Tim? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Extraneous solutions 
20131022 

From tom: i need an equation where x=2 is the correct answer and x=3 is an extraneous solution. can you provide me with such an equation?? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Together, Tom and Max have 72 football cards 
20131021 

From Maureen: Together, Tom and Max have 72 football cards. Tom has 2 more than 4 times as many cards as Max has. How many football cards does Tom Have? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Peter bought pizza and drinks 
20131019 

From sd: Peter spent $30 on pizza and 3/4 of the remainder on drinks. He has 2/9 of the original amount left. How much had he at first? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A string wrapped around three circles 
20131019 

From Jim: A recent puzzle ' find the length of a string around 3 touching
1 meter diameter circles ' gave this answer : the string
touches 120° (or pi/3 meters) of each circle. Then
3(1+pi/3) = 3+pi meters is the required length. I do not see how
it was determined that the string touches 120° or pi/3 meters?
Please explain . Thankyou , Jim Answered by Penny Nom. 





What the dog weighs 
20131017 

From linda: Sam has a dog and rabbit together they weigh 104 lbs the dog weighs 12 times more then the rabbit what is the dogs weight Answered by Penny Nom. 





A square inscribed in a circle 
20131014 

From Jenn: Hello! I am about to buy a 7'9" round rug, but I want to have it cut down into a square. What's the largest square I can obtain from this? Thank you! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Four tangent circles 
20131009 

From Nilesh: Four circular cardboard pieces, each of radius 7cm are placed in such a way that each piece touches two other pieces. How to find the area of the space enclosed by the four pieces?
Please let me know. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





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. 





A line through (5, 1) 
20131008 

From allison: find an equation in standard form for line passing through point (5,1) and perpendicular to line x=4 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two bikers race on a circular track 
20131003 

From bryan: two bikers race on a circular track. biker a can circle the track in 8 minutes, and biker b can circle the track in 6 minutes. From the start of the race, how many minutes will it be before biker b overtakes biker a. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A triangle problem 
20131002 

From raneem: ABC is a triangle in which : BC=20cm. M(<B) =29 and m(<C)=73 . D is the midpoint of BC
Find the length Of AB and AD approximated to 2 decimal places Answered by Penny Nom. 





Problem solving 
20131002 

From naomi: My son having trouble a math problem please help with this question a bag of cough drops contains 36 drops. the fraction of each flavor is shown in the table strawberry 5/12 honey 1/12 cherry 1/6 mint1/9 and lemon 1/4 which flavor is the greast in the bag Answered by Penny Nom. 





Group the addends so that you can add mentally 
20131001 

From monica: the questions in the homework says change the order or group the addends so that you can add mentally ,find the sum and tell which property you used
120+37+280 and 25+25+30 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two teams of 4 playing 4 rounds of golf 
20130929 

From Tom: We would like to play a ryder cup format with two teams of 4 playing 4 rounds of golf. Three of the rounds would be pairs playing each other and one round would be singles. How can we set up the foursomes so we balance the number of times we play with every other golfer. Answered by Victoria West. 





Cubic centimeters, milliliters and grams 
20130926 

From Laura: How do I find the volume of a cube with dimensions of .78 cm, .3 cm and .22 cm? Then find the volume in ML and the mass if filled with water? Answered by Penny Nom. 





12 golfers for 7 rounds 
20130925 

From Dennis: I have 12 golfers playing a round of golf for seven days. How can I setup teams so that everyone plays with everyone at least once in those seven days. Thanks! Answered by Victoria West. 





A schedule for 2, 7 team divisions 
20130924 

From Sampson: I'm looking to set up a weekly schedule within a 22 week segment of 2 7 team divisions where every team plays every other team in their divison 3 times and have 4 cross over games with 4 of the other 7 teams in the other division. I've yet to figure this out.
Thanks for your time. Answered by Victoria West. 





6 golfers in threesomes over 7 rounds 
20130924 

From David: I have 6 golfers, (2 threesomes) who will be playing 7 rounds of golf. What is the best way to pair the 6 players so they play with as many different players over the 7 rounds? Answered by Victoria West. 





A pool, a school, a park and home 
20130924 

From Selena: The distance from the park to the pool is the same distance as the distance from your house to school. The school is between the pool and your house. Prove that the distance from the park to the school is the same distance from the pool to your house. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





25 people are attending a 5 day meeting. 
20130920 

From Lisa: 25 people are attending a 5 day meeting. There are 5 tables, with each table seating 5 (or 6). I want each person to sit at a different table every day with completely different people.
Is this possible. Can do I figure this out?
I have each of the people a letter designation from A to Y. Each table
have a number from 1 to 5.
Thank you! Answered by Victoria West. 





A sequence of operations, in order 
20130920 

From jen: multiply 46x23
add 342
divide by 70
subtract 5
I not sure what the answer is..i need to know the answer..thanks.. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A rectangular hyperbola 
20130919 

From Soumya: Is the graph of an inverse variation a RECTANGULAR HYPERBOLA? If it is, then how can be the equation of a rectangular hyperbola be xy=constant , whereas in the books it is written that the graph of a rectangular hyperbola is x^2y^2=a^2? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





The number of cords on a pile of wood 
20130918 

From Gary: a cord of wood is 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet, how much wood is a row that is 16 in by 5 foot by 32 feet? Answered by Penny Nom. 





If the earth was made of a ball of string 
20130918 

From Tammy: My 9 year old son asked me a question and I have no idea how to work it out! Please can you help?
If the earth was made of a ball of string and you unravelled the string how long would it be? Assuming the string is 5mm thick. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The volume of an attic 
20130918 

From David: I have small equipment hut that has a small attic space that I want
to blow insulation into it.
The attic size is shaped like a triangle that is about
8 feet by 10 feet by 7 inches at the highest point.
I need to estimate the volume in square feet or cubic feet to
know how many bags of insulation to blow into the space.
Thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





A concrete walk around a pool 
20130918 

From poornima: circular Swimming pool is surrounded by a concrete walk 4 feet wide, if the area of the walk is 11/25 of the area of the pool, then the radius of the pool in feet is Answered by Penny Nom. 





Covering a styrofoam ball with fabric 
20130911 

From Alice: I am trying to create a pattern in order to cover a styrofoam ball with fabric. The pattern needs to be done in such a way as to have only a center seam, rather than several vertical lines as in slicing a melon. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Intersection points and diagonals 
20130911 

From Kenneth: I was wondering, is there a relationship between the number of sides of a regular ngon and the number of times its diagonals intersect?
Ie:
4 sides=1 intersect (center, diagonals form an 'X' )
5 sides=5 intersects (diagonals form a star)
6 sides=13 intersects
And so on. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Miles per minute to miles per hour 
20130908 

From Adam: Convert 250 miles per min to miles per hour 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. 





A garden path 
20130906 

From mary: garden path has 8 white slabs, four of the slabs are one third grey, what area of the path is grey Answered by Penny Nom. 





A word problem 
20130905 

From Thomas: I'm trying to help my 9th grade child with their homework. The problem is the
Length of a rectangle is twice as long as it is wide. The perimeter is 68m. Find
It's length and width Answered by Penny Nom. 





2^x . 5^3 = x^4 
20130905 

From Zuhdina: Hi, I got a question, 2^x . 5^3 = x^4
I want to know the value of x without using calculator, I've already done some questions in logarithm and I always stuck in the same model equationI think if someone shows me the way, I can do the other 'stuck equations' Answered by Penny Nom. 





6 golfers in threesomes 
20130904 

From Gregg: We have 6 golfers playing in threesomes for three rounds of golf. I would like each golfer to play equally with the other 5. How can this be done. Answered by Victoria West. 





A Holeinone on all four par 3's 
20130904 

From Robert: There are four (4) par 3's at a specific 18 hole course.
One member has the honor of making a Holeinone on all four par 3's.
It has taken him 8 years to do it!
How does one go about computing the odds of this TREMENDOUS accomplishment?
Respectfully,
Robert laffal Answered by Victoria West. 





7 golfers, a threesome and a foursome 
20130904 

From Scott: I'm leading a golf trip with 7 guys, and we're playing 5 rounds of golf together with a threesome and a foursome at each course..
I want to set up a schedule where each person plays at least two rounds with each of the other 6 guys.
Is that possible? I can't seem to find the right combinations.
Thanks for your help! Answered by Victoria West. 





14 golfers in two person teams 
20130904 

From Stewart: How to rotate 14 golfers in two person teams without duplication until all have been paired at least once. Play is once per week. Answered by Victoria West. 





A two digit number 
20130904 

From JEFFERSON: The sum of the digits is 6. When the digits are interchange, the new number represented is 3 time the 10 digit of the original number. Find the original number? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many nickles do you have? 
20130904 

From Monica: You have 15 more dimes than nickels. If you have $2.55, how many nickels do you have? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ordering crushed stone 
20130903 

From Prakash: Dear Sirs,
I am working in a Soft Landscaping contracting company. If I need to purchase crushed stone with the size 5070mm for $53,429 m^2$ area, how many 20feet containers should I need to order to my suppliers? The 20foot container has internal dimensions 5,897 mm by 2,348 mm by 2,285 mm and the $53,429 m^2$ area is to be covered by 10 cm of stone. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A schedule for 18 golfers 
20130829 

From Brian: After searching the data base which helped me solve at least 3 other issues I have one more un answered question. I have 18 golfers split into 6 threesomes for 4 days of golf. What is my best option for a schedule mixing them all up as much as possible over the course of the 4 days Answered by Victoria West. 





An algebraic equation 
20130828 

From walter: i'm a parent helping my daughter can you do a step by step on this equation been out of school for years thanks (4w28)+(11w+13)=180 thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





More than half of the people said... 
20130826 

From Lucy: Hi,
The question is:
Samoa 23%
Brazil 41%
Sri Lanka 52%
Senegal 39%
Armenia 37%
Croatia 20%
Why is the following statement true for the data above: More than half of the people said they were interested in Sri Lanka. The reason I don't understand the problem is that because the percentages add up to be greater than 100%, that means that the 500 people(as stated in the question) who participated in the survey got to pick more than once. Therefore, it is not 52% out of 100% anymore.
Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Golden Ratio 
20130826 

From Mark: Please Help. I'm trying to help my Child and I have no clue on this math question.
Rectangular shapes with a length to width ratio of approximately 5 to 3 are pleasing to the eye.
The ratio is know as the golden ratio. A designer can us the expression 1/3(5w) to find the
length of such a rectangle with width 6 inches. Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





More on the scheduling of 16 golfers in 4 rounds 
20130826 

From Peter: I see your formula for 16 players 4 rounds.
Is it possible to get the players into different groups each day.
E.G Player 1 in group 1 the first day,
Group 2 the second day,
Group 3 the third day,
Group 4 the fourth day.
Then so on through the players. Answered by Victoria West. 





Tesseract 
20130822 

From Dan: I am not a mathematician. This seems to me an intuitively simple enough problem that I very much need an answer to from someone who's mathematics are better than mine. Please help.
The question is: for a tesseract of side length = 1
what is the distance of the center of each cube from the center of the tesseract ?
I think I have calculated the distance of each vertex from the center, and of the center of each edge from the center, but the question above baffles me.
(anyone not having a clue what I am talking about can brush up here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesseract )
Thanks in advance  Dan V Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Constructing a triangle 
20130822 

From Nazrul: The base, the difference of the angles adjoining the base and the sum of the other
two sides are given. How can I draw the triangle?
Please help me. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Euclid's Parallel Postulate 
20130820 

From Justin: Hello there,
I was wondering is Euclid's Fifth Parallel Postulate of parallel lines never intersecting, undecidable or essentially undecidable?
Thank you so much for any help you can provide! Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Similar rectangles 
20130817 

From Mattie: The dimensions of a rectangularshaped picture frame are 14 inches long and four inches wide. Which dimensions below represent another frame that i geometrically similar>
a. l=49 in. and w=14in.
b. l=7in and w=3in
c. l=21in and w=8in
d. l=24in and w=14in
thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





Equal ordinate and abscissa 
20130815 

From sonit: the slope of tangent to the curve y=(4x^2)^1/2 at the point, where the ordinate and abscissa are equal, is Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two perpendicular lines 
20130815 

From Hanna: The problem says, "Write the equation in standard form for the line that is perpendicular to the graph of y=5x+1 with a yintercept of 4." I have no clue how to do this. Please help me! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Golf for 11 
20130814 

From Don: 2 foursomes and 1 threesome for 6 rounds of golf Answered by Victoria West and Harley Weston. 





The volume of a pond 
20130814 

From Kelly: I have a pond that measures 335 feet wide, 385 feet long and 18 feet deep with a 4:1 slope on all four side. How do I figure out how many gallons of water this pond will hold? Answered by Harley Weston. 





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. 





A system of equations 
20130813 

From Nina: 3x2y=8
x+3y=5
What is the solution of the system of equations Answered by Penny Nom. 





An equation in slopeintercept form 
20130812 

From Brittney: write an equation in slopeintercept form of the line that is parallel to the grapg of y=3/4x+6 passes through 8,5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A mixture problem 
20130811 

From MJ: How many liters of pure acetic acid must be mixed with 3 liters of a 30% acetic acid to obtain a mixture of 65%? Answered by Penny Nom. 





If I know only the tax amount, how do I figure out total cost? 
20130811 

From Patric: If I know only the tax amount, how do I figure out total cost? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Differentiate x^x  2^sinx 
20130809 

From tarun: derivative of x^x  2^sinx Answered by Penny Nom. 





Four equations 
20130808 

From may: HI how to solve this 4 equations?
A+C = 0
4A+B8C+D=1
3A+16C8D=29
12A+3B+16D=5 Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Practical uses of trigonometry 
20130806 

From tharindu: use of trigonometry Answered by Penny Nom. 





Slicing through a cone to form an ellipse 
20130806 

From Pulkit: we get an ellipse on slicing through a cone. Is there a relation between central axis of the cone and this ellipse?
Does it pass through the any of the foci of the ellipse? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





A golf tournament for 12 people 
20130801 

From Brad: I've looked all over the web for a solution to this (including searching the archives here) to no avail.
We're doing a golf tournament with twelve people. Each person has a "handicap" that demonstrates their skill level. We have these numbers for each of the 12 players. We are trying to figure out how to schedule two rounds of golf with the most balance possible.
 We are playing two "real" rounds of golf (18 holes). There are four people per group.
 We want to split each round into two 9 hole games, which gives us a total of 4 games
 Halfway through (after 9 holes), you switch partners within the foursome that you're playing in.
 We want everyone to play with 4 unique different teammates
So say you start the first 18 hole round as a group of Players 1, 2, 3, and 4. Players 1 and 2 are a team, and players 3 and 4 are a team. After 9 holes, Player 1 would either be paired up with Player 3 or 4, and the other two players would pair up as well. Then the next day we will mix up the foursomes and do the same thing.
In terms of just pure scheduling this is simple. But I'm trying to figure out how to best balance the handicaps (simple average of each team's two handicaps works here). Assuming I'll need some sort of program or spreadsheet.
Any help or even a push in the right direction would be a tremendous help. Thanks in advance to anyone who wants to give this a shot. Answered by Victoria West. 





Golf for 16 
20130731 

From Graylin: I am going on a golf trip and we have 16 players and need to know a formula that will allow us to all play together at some point in the 4 rounds we are playing. If not possible please provide best case.
Thanks. Answered by Victoria West. 





16 golfers 
20130731 

From Pat: 16 golfers...3 nine hole rounds a day...for 4 days.
what are the best pairings for the fewest repeats of partners? Answered by Victoria West. 





Dilution of concentrated acid 
20130731 

From Adom: I have 500mls of 90% conc. of an acid. Now I need to prepare 20% concentration from this (say 100mls of this). How much of the stock solution do I take and how much water to add? Thanks! Answered by Penny Nom. 

