







Gallons and cubic inches 
20161205 

From Theresa: If I did not know the cubic inches in a liquid gallon how would I find it?
In other words what is the formula for this? Answered by Penny Nom. 





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. 





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. 





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. 





cos(x) = 1/(square root of 2) 
20110427 

From Shelby: Find exact value of x for 1 <(or equal to) x < 2pi
a) cos(x) = 1/(square root of 2) Answered by Penny Nom. 





sin x = 0.25 
20110329 

From Wayne: How do you solve for x in the equation sin x = 0.25
the answer is 3.394 and 6.030 but I don't know the steps they used to calculate this Answered by Penny Nom. 





Measuring the heights of tall objects 
20101028 

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





Vapor trails 
20100412 

From Frank: I'm not sure if this is a proper question to ask so if I have misdirected my question I apologize and no response is expected. I am trying to figure out a way to measure vapor trails from my back yard in Phoenix Arizona. If I used a compass and spread each point of the compass to the start and finish of the vapor trail I would have the angle of an isosceles triangle. The other two angles would be identical. The height of from the inverted base of the triangle to my standing spot on the ground would be about 35,000 feet. I'm thinking that there should be a way to figure out the length of the inverted base (vapor trail) but I'm devoid of mathematical skills and can't seem to figure out how to do this. Is it possible to figure out the length of a vapor trail using this method or do you have an easier way to accomplish the task?
Any help you could offer would be most appreciated.
Thanks....Frank Answered by Harley Weston. 





Body measurements 
20100406 

From Amirul: Recently I'm proposing my research question to my teacher for my extended essay. I'm an IB student.
My research question is regarding the estimation of human in buying trousers through reference of neck. What does the relation between the diameter of the neck and the diameter of the waist?
I want to see how far does the estimation theory is true for different type of people with different BMI(body mass index)..
But teacher said that it is golden ratio...so nothing interesting... =(
really??? But i search on net.... state that my idea seems do not have any relation with the golden ratio so far..... i just want ask you... am I able to perform in my extended essay if i continue with this research question?? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Loading a headboard in a uhaul 
20100120 

From gina: I have a uhaul 9'10" long 4"9"wide 4'7"height I have a headboard 74 inches in height would it fit the box diagonally Answered by Penny Nom. 





The maximum number of right angles in a polygon 
20091005 

From Bruce: Is there way other than by trial and error drawing to determine the maximum number of right angles in a polygon? Secondary question would be maximum number of right angles in a CONVEX polygon. Is there a mathematical way to look at this for both convex and concave polygons? Or are we limited to trial and error drawing? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Rounding 
20071105 

From Charles: I have been asked to explain why rounding to 3 decimal places
has become the adopted industry standard in mathematics for
showing measurement calculations. I understand that it makes
sense to round financial calculations to 2 d.p. because then it's
rounded to the nearest penny (or cent) but why would the standard
in measurement be 3? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Grade 5 shapes and measurements 
20070923 

From Marina: I'm helping my grade 5 son in this assignment but I don't know how. There are 2 question I would like you to help me:
1.How can the shapes used to form a larger similar figure using 4 shapes: ( a 3 by 3square is drawn in a 6 by 6 dot figure,drawing attached)
2.You are planning to build a birdhouse measurement is attached,. You are going to cut the pieces from a board that is 12 inches wide. How long should the board be? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The irrationality of PI 
20070807 

From Matthew: I have what I like to think of as a rather interesting question that I can't explain confidently for the life of me.
If we take a circle with a radius of 1 and we calculate the circumference, we can use 2 pi R.
Doing this calculation results in a circumference of 6.28318530717~ which goes on forever.
However, if you were to take a that same circle in the real world, say with radius 1cm and wrap a string around
it, and then measure the string, you don't get 6.28~, you get something like 6.2, a much more finite distance. The length
of the string is not an irrational number, like the math claims it to be. Answered by Claude Tardiff and Stephen La Rocque. 





Converting measurements 
20070711 

From Nicole: if you have 8 oz of water how many cc: will there be. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Converting units 
20060121 

From A student: How can you solve a measurement problem by changing it to a fraction of the new unit that follows such as:
18 inches = yard
40 minutes =  hour
5 days =  week Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is 360 Really the correct value? 
20050815 

From Jack: Considering the circumference of a "Perfect Circle" with a Diameter of 1 meter would be something like 3.14 meters, why do we use the number 360 to represent the number of degrees within that circumference?
Would it not make more sense to express the degrees in reference to the relationship to the diameter as related to pi?
That is, let's just say our "Perfect Circle" has a circumference of 3.14 meters, therefore, what we now consider as due east would change from 90 Degrees to 78.5 Degrees. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The tangent of theta 
20040710 

From Jacob: P is a point on a unit circle with coordinates(0.6,0.8). Find tan of theta. My book shows me how to do it,"tan of theta=opp./adj.=0.8/0.6=4/3,"and leaves it as that's the answer(4/3).When do we know from a problem to find the angle measure (in this case, the angle measure of theta) and how do we know when to give something like 4/3 without converting it to the angle measure? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Milliliters 
20030204 

From James: What is a milliliter? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cubic yards 
20020420 

From Pat: I HAVE AN AREA 10'x6'I WOULD LIKE TO PUT LOAM ON IT 5" DEEP HOW MANY CUBIC YARDS OF LOAM DO I NEED? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Two jugs 
20010604 

From Heather: One goes to a source of water with two jugs and only two jugs. One jug had a capacity of exactly three pints and the other five pints. Both jugs are opaque (you canít see inside them) and irregularly shaped. How can you use the two jugs and only the two jugs to measure exactly four pints of water? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Shape, symmetry, measurement and space 
20010224 

From Marilyn: I have to write in detail about how young children learn about shape, symmetry, measurement and space. It is not activities I need it is how the children learn. How/why their brain takes it all in Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





History of a meter 
20000407 

From Jarod Fischer: The length of a meter has been determined in three different ways. The first and original way was determined in 1798. The second way was determined in 1960. The third and current way was determined in 1983. What were the three ways and why were the first two abandoned? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Body part measurements 
19991110 

From V Bailey: I am a kindergarten teacher and mother of a 6th grader who wants to do a science project on the correlations of body part measurements. We heard this on the radio and it sparked our interest, but now I cannot find any information about it. Examples are: your height is supposed to equal the distance from fingertip to fingertip when your arms are outstretched. Your foot size is supposed to equal the distance from your wrist to your elbow. Please help me find more information on this topic. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Converting Metric Measurements 
19990408 

From Rick: Do you have any simple explanations for converting Metric measurements to other Metric measurements?? What helpful hints do you also have for a 5th Grader... Answered by Penny Nom. 





Nickles on the Highway 
19980922 

From Ronnie Mac Donald: How many nickels would it take to cover 226km of highway,each nickel is 2cm in diameter? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Imperial System of Measurement. 
19970917 

From Judy Pardilla: Please also give the solution to the answers. Thank you.  If a room is 12 feet by 15, how many square yards are there?
 If a single roll of wallpaper will cover 30 square feet, how many single rolls will it take to cover a wall 8' x 15'?
 If ceramic tiles are 8" x 8", how many tiles would it take to cover an area 4' x 6'?
If possible, can you email me a table for imperial measurements. Thank you! Answered by Penny Nom. 

