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A 15 team tournament 2015-10-28
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.
A 12 week poker tournament 2014-05-12
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.
A football schedule 2009-08-14
From Bill:
I am having trouble with a football schedule that has two divisions of five teams each, 1-5 and 6-10. 1-5 will play against each other in the first 4 weeks and also the the last 4 weeks with teams 6-10 completing the middle of the schedule. The schedule is 13 weeks. Thank you for your time
Answered by Chris Fisher and Victoria West.
Golfing with an unpopular golfer 2009-07-23
From Ian:
"We are a group of 8 golfers, one of whom is unpopular. How can we construct a schedule, of two foursomes, so that each person is scheduled to play with him the same number of times. What does the week by week schedule look like?"
Answered by Robert Dawson and Victoria West.
A ten player schedule 2009-02-19
From john:
Answered by Victoria West.
7 golfers playing 4 days of golf 2009-01-30
From Trish:
I have 7 golfers and we are playing 4 days of golf. I would like to do pairings so that everyone gets to play with each other at least one time. Can you help with this? Not a math whiz here and looking for help. Thank you.
Answered by Victoria West.
18 golfers and 5 rounds 2009-01-10
From steve:
We have 18 golfers 5 rounds . Would like 3 foursomes and 2threesomes each day Different groups each day.
Answered by Victoria West.
Polygons with two names 2008-10-24
From Connor:
Why do some polygons have two names and what are they?. Thanks
Answered by Harley Weston.
20 golfers playing 5 rounds in 4-somes 2008-09-03
From joe:
20 golfers playing 5 rounds in 4-somes. 5 players in group A play with all 15 golfers in groups B,C,D but not with any in their own group (A). 5 players in group B play with all 15 players in groups A,C,D but not with any in their own group (B) and so on. So each 4-some has an A,B,C,&D player each of the 5 rounds.
Answered by Chris Fisher.
A golf tournament 2008-06-24
From Roland:
We have a golf tournament, 12 players, three rounds. We want to pair so that we have pairings with as few duplications as possible.
Answered by Janice Cotcher.
A 9 team flag football tournament 2008-05-22
From James:
I like to run a 9 team flag football tournament where each team is guaranteed 3 games prior to playoffs. All games must have playoff implications and must not be a consolation game.
Answered by Victoria West.
How many games? 2008-05-12
From Amy:
Central Middle School is hosting a city-wide ping pong tournament. Twenty students signed up for the tournament. Each player plays another; the winner goes on to the next round. Elimination games continue until there is one grand winner. How many games must be played to find the grand winner?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Golf pairings 2007-10-02
From Mike:
Regarding arranging golf players so no person plays with anyone more than once. You have given examples for 16 and 24 players. If it can be done, i need a solution for 20 players, 4 players per team one round per day for 5 days
Answered by Victoria West.
More on quadrilateral shape names 2007-05-26
From Don:
If North Americans call a quadrilateral with no parallel sides a trapezium, is a kite merely a special type of trapezium? Can a rhombus be a kite?
Answered by Walter Whiteley and Penny Nom.
A 13 sided figure 2007-04-12
From Kiara:
I was wondering what you call a 13 sided figure. I'm in 6th grade and my teacher said i could get extra credit if I figure this out. Thanks a lot for your help.When I get extra credit I will be sure to mention you guys! Thanks!
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
The name of a shape 2006-11-11
From Valentina:
I have a shape of 4 sides 3 are the same length (2cm each) and the other smaller (1.5cm)
Answered by Chris Fisher.
My fantasy football league 2005-08-16
From Jim:
I have to make a schedule for my fantasy football league. There are 10 teams in the league and we play a 13 week season. The challenge is we want to play each team only once during the first 10 weeks. This way no team will play another team twice without having played each team at least once. Is this possible?
Answered by Penny Nom.
What's it called? 2004-04-22
From Gerry:

I'm a father and a grandfather and have come up with a game for my offspring to play while we're on the road. When we see a license plate, the object is to be the first one to add all the numbers on it, and come up with THE one digit number that sums them up.

For example: ABC-787 = 7+8+7 = 22 = 2+2 = 4

Another example is 2932 = 2+9+3+2 = 16 = 1+6 = 7

Up 'til now, I've called it just plain "Numerology", but I'm sure that there's a math term for what we're doing, and I'd sure appreciate it if you could tell me what it is!

Answered by Chris Fisher and Penny Nom.
A fifteen sided polygon 2004-03-05
From Joann:
Answered by Penny Nom.
The quadratic formula 2003-08-31
From Alex:
I am using Houghton Mifflin's Precalculus with Limits book, 2nd edition. However, the first chapter encompasses Algebra review, and I am stuck on a problem. All that's required is to solve the following and verify using a calculator:
I have solved the problem using the quadratic formula, but from what I remember, the quadratic formula is used in the case of equations following the AX2+BX+C=0 pattern. As the problem I am attempting uses a y-variable, can I still use the quadratic formula? Since I am not sure what route to take in solving this problem, I am hoping you can assist me.

Answered by Harley Weston.
A golf tournament 2003-08-23
From Dale:
I am running a golf tournament with twelve golfers. We will be playing four rounds of golf. I don't want to schedule the same two players together more than twice (if possible). How would I make a schedule that each player would play at least once with every other player? I would appreciate any help that you can give me.
Answered by Denis Hanson.
Division names 2003-03-10
From A parent:
what is the answer to a division problem called
Answered by Penny Nom.
Hundreds, thousands, millions,... 2003-02-19
From Karissa and Jasmeen:
hundreds, thousands, millions, - can you help us with the rest of this sequence - we are trying to find the largest number
Answered by Penny Nom.
A schedule for a fantasy football league 2002-09-01
From Steve:
i am in a ten(10) team league, split evenly into two five team divisions. we play a thirteen(13) game schedule and would like to play each team in your own division twice, and each team in the other division once. according to my rudimentary mathematics that equals 13 games. a good schedule should look somthing like this: team 1-5 = division 1 team 6-10 = division 2 team 1 should play teams 2-5 twice and teams 6-10 once.
Answered by Claude Tardif.
A schedule for 24 golfers 2002-05-25
From John:
I am working on a schedule for 24 golfers. 6 groups of 4. I have 8 golf days (twice per week for a month).

Ideally, I would like to schedule all 24 golfers in 6 different groups of 4 on each day. Here is the catch.....no golfer in any group can be grouped togther more than once. Every group of 4 each day will have 4 new golfers that have never played together before. Is this possible?

Answered by Chris Fisher.
12 pairs playing bridge 2001-11-09
From Diana:
I have 12 pairs playing bridge against one another for 12 games. I need to have each pair partnered with another pair -- but only once. I'm looking for a schedule for play for all 12 games. They should only be able to play against another team only once also. (ex: 1/2 v 3/4 then 4/2 v 3/1) Thank you for this opportunity to solve my dilemma.
Answered by Claude Tardif.
A 91-gon 2001-09-10
From Ashley:
Hi! My name is Ashley and I am an 8th grader and I couldn't find the name of a polygon with 91 sides. i was a question from my math teacher.
Answered by Penny Nom.
6,000,000,000,000,000,000 2001-07-12
From James:
How would I express 6,000,000,000,000,000,000 in words?
Answered by Leeanne Boehm.
Names of the polygons 2001-03-15
From Sami:
I was asked to find out what the names for different polygons were. The only two I cannot find are the names for a polygon with 30 sides and a polygon with 40 sides. I would really appreciate it if you could help me. Thank you very much.
Answered by Harley Weston.
Shape names 2001-02-26
From Paul:
I have been asked to give names of shapes from A to Z . I can only find 14 shapes can you help..... I'm missing letters b, g, j, l, m, n, u, v, w, x, y, z.
Answered by Harley Weston.
Undecagon 2001-02-21
From Karen:
I need to know what kind of a polygon an undecagon is and how many sides it has. This is a problem in my math book.
Answered by Penny Nom and Michael Tsatsomeros.
Scheduling a golf vacation 2000-12-05
From Michael:
I'm having a problem scheduling matches for a golf vacation. We have 12 people playing 7 rounds of golf in 7 days. We play 2 man teams vs. 2 man teams everyday.Is there a formula so that you play WITH a different partner everyday and AGAINST as many different people as possible? Thank You for any help you may be.
Answered by Penny Nom.
A 100-gon 2000-05-24
From Chris Mohr:
What is a 100-gon called?
Answered by Harley Weston.
Names of the polygons 2000-01-29
From Janemath:
I have been doing research on the names of polygons with 11 to 20 sides. I have found conflicting names for some of them . for example 18 sided-octadecagon and octokaidecagon. 11sided-undecagon and hendecagon. Why is this? Is one more correct than another? Or are they equally acceptable?
Answered by Harley Weston.
Scheduling Meetings 1999-06-25
From Beth Carver:
We have 6 groups meeting at three different places simultaneously. The meetings take place once a month each year. Is there a way to have each group meet with each of the other groups at least twice in a year, four times in each place?
Answered by Chris Fisher and Harley Weston.
A Kite 1998-10-07
From Paul Scott:
What is the mathematical term for the kite shape?
Answered by Walter Whiteley.
The origin of angles 1998-02-24
From Marc Poulin:
I'm currently teaching angles to students in grade 10 and I've been asked what's the origin of the terms degrees, radians and gradians.

I know that the radians come from the sexagesimal numerical system of the Babylonians but my kids wanted to know dates and persons who would have brought these terms first.
Answered by Harley Weston.

The Division Bracket. 1997-04-09
From Judy Riley:
A fellow teacher recently asked if I remembered the exact word for a division bracket (not the symbol with dots, the horizontal line in a fraction, or a solidus). I couldn't. Can you help?
Answered by Walter Whiteley and Harley Weston.
Names of the Polygons 1997-03-04
From Manuel:
What do you call a 13 sided polygon?
Is there a list of the different names?

Answered by Walter Whiteley and Harley Weston.
Could you tell me the name for the bar in a division problem? 1996-10-21
From Linda:
Could you tell me the name for the bar in a division problem. Not the line with dots on either side but the line that divides the two numbers? My name is Linda. I am asking for my niece who is in 8th grade.
Answered by Chris Fisher.
Thousands, millions, billions and trillions 1996-08-22
From Blaine:
What are the names of the periods in groups of numbers like 123,456,789. I need to know the names of them for school. I already know the first ones: units thousands millions billions trillions.
Answered by Penny Nom and Diane Hanson.
Diagonals in a polygon 1996-06-18
From Steven:
How many diagonals are there in a polygon?
Answered by Denis Hanson.



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