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8^3/2(2+2) 2017-01-13
From Mary:
Answered by Penny Nom.
A pattern rule for a sequence 2016-10-28
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.

Answered by Penny Nom.
Implicit differentiation 2016-06-06
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?

Answered by Penny Nom.
Solve 2^2x + 3(2^x) - 4 = 0 2016-04-27
From Lloyd:
Solve the equation 2^2x + 3(2^x) - 4 = 0
Answered by Penny Nom.
Pizza delivery 2016-04-03
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.
Simplify -3(x-7) 2015-10-21
From geraldine:
simplify: -3(x-7)
Answered by Penny Nom.
1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 x 0 + 1 = ? 2015-06-18
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.
128/(-16)/(-2) 2015-01-28
From jackie:
128/(-16)/(-2) I was wondering if you can show me how to work this question out
Answered by Harley Weston.
Six-digit passwords 2013-03-19
From Judy:
Can you please explain why the answer to the following question is 10^6? What is the number of possible six-digit passwords when using the digits 0 through 9, with repetition allowed.
Thank you.

Answered by Penny Nom.
Differentiation rules 2012-10-23
From Morgan:
Use the derivative rules to differentiate each of the following:
1. f(x)=1/x-1
2. f(x)= sqrt(x)

Answered by Penny Nom.
Dt[sin t tan (t^2+1)] 2012-02-21
From Ayu:
Dt[sin t tan (t^2+1)]

Answered by Harley Weston.
What is x to the power of 0? 2011-03-23
From Jason:
What is x to the power of 0?
Answered by Robert Dawson.
y = - log(x) 2010-04-28
From Alex:
y= - log(x), where y = 4.3
solve for x.

Answered by Harley Weston.
The derivative of cos^3x 2010-04-06
From Erson:
Find y' of the given function: y = cos^3x.
Answered by Harley Weston.
5 x 8 + 6 divided 6 - 12 x 2 2009-09-24
From Susan:
5 x 8 + 6 divided 6 - 12 x 2. I am not sure of the rules of operation for this type of question
Answered by Penny Nom.
Two questions from math class 2009-06-18
From Con:

My name is Con and my son is required to answer the following questions for his maths class.

He has attempted Q1 through trial and error and has found the answer to 72453. Is this correct?

He has attempted to draw the triangles described in Q2 in a number of ways and has found that BE can not equal ED and is dependent of angle BAC. Therefore, he claims that the triangle can not be drawn/practical. Is this correct or is there a slolution?

Digits 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 are each used once to compose a 5-digit number abcde such that 4 divides a 3-digit number abc, 5 divides a 3-digit number bcd and 3 divides a 3-digit number cde. Find the 5-digit number abcde.

Let ABC be a triangle with AB=AC. D is a point on AC such that BC=BD. E is a point on AB such that BE = ED = AD. Find the size of the angle EAD. Con

Answered by Chris Fisher.
differentiate y sin[x^2]=x sin[y^2] 2009-05-11
From mamiriri:
derivate y sin[x^2]=x sin[y^2]
Answered by Harley Weston.
Exponential form 2009-04-16
From Pete:
Hi, How do you express √h^-4 in exponential form. I am having a lot of trouble with this one.

Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
The second derivative of h(x)=f(g(x)) 2009-02-16
From Kristina:
If h(x)=f(g(x)), and is differentiable, then find h"(x).
Answered by Robert Dawson.
Concavity and the second derivative 2008-10-15
From Christina:
I'm having trouble solving for a second derivative for the following graphing question.

f(x) = (X^2+2x+4)/2x

using the quotient rule, I found:
f'(x) = (x^2-4)/(2x^2)

however, using the quotient rule again I can't seem to solve it (concavity):
f''(x)=[(4x^3-(4x^3 -16x)]/4x^4

and making the equation equal to zero result in 0=4 which doesn't seem to make sense...

Answered by Penny Nom.
Find the product of 2^35 and 5^38 in sci. notation. 2008-08-03
From Peter:
I am preparing for a competition and a lot of the non-calculator problems are like find the product of 2^35 and 5^38 in sci. notation. How would you do that?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Right Sided Limit of an Exponential Function 2008-07-29
From joseph:
I am trying to find the limit as X approaches 0 from the positive side of x to the sin of x which look like this lim x^sinx x->0+
Answered by Harley Weston.
f(x)=sin^3(3x^2) find f ' (x) 2008-04-21
From Michael:
f(x)=sin^3(3x^2) find f ' (x)
Answered by Harley Weston.
The chain rule 2008-04-10
From joey:
pls help me to Differentiate

Answered by Harley Weston.
The standard normal distribution 2007-12-29
Statistics texts state that in a normal distribution, 1 standard deviation covers 68%, 2SD 95% 3SD 99.7%. However, on looking at the tables for normal curve areas, the percentage for a z value of 1 is 84.13. 68 % of values are covered at a z value of 0.47. The discrepancies exist even for other values but are smaller. So why is the rule of thumb so different from the Table for Normal Curve areas?
Answered by Harley Weston.
The derivative 2007-11-19
From ralf:
Find the derivative of the function
1-. y=1+2x8
2-. y=(1+2x )8

Answered by Harley Weston.
A limit of the form 0 times infinity 2007-11-13
From Russell:
find the following limit

lim x((e^1/x) -1) as x --> infinity

Answered by Penny Nom.
lim (1- 2 cosx) / (sin(x- pi/3)) 2007-10-15
From hanan:
lim (1- 2 cosx) / (sin(x- л/3))
Answered by Harley Weston.
Using the chain rule to solve a derivative 2007-07-29
From Charles:
I need to find the derivative fo the following function.   _______________________
\/ ______________
  \/ (x - 1) / (x + 2) + 1

Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Derivative of a Function 2007-07-09
From Bob:
What is the derivative of the function a sub n = [n/(n+1)]^n ?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
What is the limit of 3.x^(3/x) as x approaches +infinity? 2007-04-11
From Teodora:
What is the limit of 3.x^3/x as x approaches +infinity ?
Answered by Haley Ess.
3 divided by 3 to it's fifth root 2007-04-06
From Annie:
How do I transform the equation 3 divided by 3 to it's fifth root to simple radical form (getting the radical out of the denominator)?
Answered by Penny Nom.
y = sin(2x) 2007-03-22
From bader:
sin(2x) find dx/dy
Answered by Penny Nom.
Differentiate Y= sin3x + cos7x 2006-08-22
From james:
Differentiate the function of x using the basic rules.

Y= sin3x + cos7x

Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
A problem with exponents 2006-08-09
From A student:
(8a to the negative 2 b cube c to the negative 4/4a squared b to the negative 3 c squared) to the negative 2
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Josh and John were both exposed to the flu 2005-12-16
From Dudley:
Josh and John were both exposed to the flu. John has a 25% chance of getting it, while Josh has a 75% chance of getting it. What are the chances that at least one of them has the flu?
Answered by Penny Nom.
(x/1+x)^x 2005-10-23
From A student:
LIMIT x-.->0 (x/1+x)x how to solve it.
Answered by Penny Nom.
Constructing figures 2005-09-20
From Kim:
I would like to know how to draw different shapes:
Regular Octagon with sides of length, 1 unit
Equilateral Triangles, with sides of length 1 unit
Regular Hexagons, with sides of length 1 unit
Isoseles Triangles, with hypotenuse of length 1 unit

Answered by Penny Nom.
L'hopital's rule 2005-05-15
From Abraham:
Find the limit of [(1/(x+4))-(1/4)]/x as x approaches zero. How do you use l"hopital's rule to find this limit. I know how to do it with multiplying everything by 4(x+4), and getting the answer, -1/16.But how do you apply derivatives with l'hopitals rule to this type of problem?
Answered by Penny.
The trapezoidal rule 2003-12-31
From Prashanth:
I have a set of XY co-ordinates(say 49 points),I want to find the area enclosed by the curve joining them and the axes.I do not have an equation for the curve and I am not able to fit a curve given the points.I use the trapezoidal rule (Y1+Y2/2)*(X2-X1), Is it right? can I do this with any other method?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Divisibility by 7 2003-11-14
From A student:
how do you test a number to see if it is divisible by 7 or not?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Standard Deviation 2003-10-07
From Rebecca:

I have a task to complete, which is to calculate the mean and standard deviation of something. I have done this but am then asked to write a short explanation of my findings.

I know what the mean is about, and I thought I knew what the standard deviation meant too - shows the variation from the mean. However, on a task I completed earlier the feedback I got said 'you need to tell us that it is talking about the middle 66% of the data' - that has thrown me, I don't understand that. Can anyone help me get my head round this???

Answered by Penny Nom.
A rule with a variable 2003-08-24
From Crystal:
what is a rule with a variable
Answered by Penny Nom.
A ruler and compass construction 2003-06-29
From Mandy:
I have been searching for instructions on how to do this using a compass. Can you please send instructions step by step on how to bisect a segment into any given number of segments. (example, a way that it will work for bisecting segment into 3, 4, or even 5 congruent parts)
Answered by Penny Nom.
Rules of exponents 2003-05-05
From Carl:
Hi, I am a student who would like to recall how to multiply exponents. Here is such an equation:
6.02569 X 1025 X 5.254 =?

Also, adding exponents. Don't I just add subtract the exponents separately?
Such as 523 +15-12 =??

Answered by Penny Nom.
Construct a pentagon 2002-12-12
From Mary:
We were wondering what the instructions/formula, step-by-step, is to make a pentagon.
Answered by Chris Fisher and Penny Nom.
Fractional exponents 2002-09-20
From Jill:
The problem is with fractional exponants:
10 1/3 mult. by 10,000 The 1/3 is an exponant of 10.

Answered by Penny Nom.
Constructing the square root of 3 2002-06-07
From Allan:
I am a Math 7/8 teacher. I was wondering how you would show a student how to find the exact location of the square root of three on the number line using just a compass and a straight edge.
Answered by Penny Nom.
L'Hopital's Rule 2001-11-25
From Mike:
I'm a high school senior. I'm in ap calculus and was wondering if you know the proof of L'Hopital's Rule? Our teacher said he has never been able to find it in a math book and was unable to derive it himself.
Answered by Claude Tardif.
Rules of exponents 2001-10-14
From Carissa:
how do you work this out? Investigate the relationship between a,b,c and d if 2a*2b=4c/4d?
Answered by Leeanne Boehm.
Powers 2001-03-04
From A student:
Hey, can you show me how you do ..

(2xy)to the 3rd power (x) to the 2nd power?

Answered by Penny Nom.
A limit using l'hopital's rule 2000-12-13
From Wassim:
I need to know how to solve the:
limits of (x ( to the power lamda) -1 )/LAMDA when lamda tends to zero ( the answer is that the functional form is ln x) and I still don't know how using hopital rule leads to this answer.

Answered by Harley Weston.
An integration problem 2000-11-30
From A student:
If a>0 and the integral from b to 0 of 1/(1+x) equals 1/2 the integral from a to 0 of 1/(1+x), express "b" in terms of "a"
Answered by Claude tardif.
Find the rule 2000-10-27
From Kelsa and Linda:
Find the rule: It had 13 in a circle then 2 blank circles then 31 in a circle then two more blank circles. Could you please help us.
Answered by Penny Nom.
Derivatives, there must be an easier way 2000-09-06
From Brad Goorman:
The direction read: Take the derivative of each expression.

y = {1+[x+(x2 +x3)4]5}6

Answered by Harley Weston.
L'Hospital's Rule 2000-07-19
From Dan Krymkowski:
The limit of the following as x goes to infinity is 2*y. Y is a constant.

lim 2*x*log(x/(x-y)) = 2*y

Answered by Harley Weston.
All the roots of x^6 - 64 2000-04-15
From Dakota:
Find ALL zeros of P(x) = x 6 - 64
Answered by Walter Whiteley.
Rule of 78 2000-03-22
From Dan Baumgarten:
Can you explain the rule of 78 and the reverse rule of 78? Thanks.
Answered by Claude Tardif.
The quotient rule 2000-02-21
From Charlene Anderson:
Question: I came across a question in our book that states: Let Q(x) = N(x) / D(x) Then re-write Q(x) in a form that can utilize the Power and Product Rules. Use this rearranged form to derive the Quotient Rule.

The Quotient Rule can be derived from the Power Rule and the Product Rule.

One must also use the chain rule too, right?

Answered by Harley Weston.
Two calculus problems 1999-12-13
From Alan:
I have 2 questions that are very new to me, they were included on a quiz and the material was never covered. Our teacher never explained the purpose and detailed explanation of how to solve the problem. Could you help? Thanks.

Question 1:
A ball is falling 30 feet from a light that is 50 feet high. After 1 sec. How fast is the shadow of the ball moving towards the light post. Note that a ball moves according to the formula S=16t^2

Question 2:
How many trapezoids must one use in order for the error to be less than 10^-8 if we want to find the area under the curve Y=1/X from 1 to 2. Find the exact area, Graph the function and use the trap rule for the "N" that you found.

Answered by Harley Weston.

Advanced Calculus 1999-12-07
From Kay:
Hi, my name is Kay. Please help---these problems are driving me crazzzzy!!!! Your help would be greatly appreciated!
  1. Let a,b be contained in R, a
  2. .

Answered by Claude Tardif.
The chain rule 1999-12-03
From Jennifer Stanley:
This problem is making me dizzy. I would greatly appreciate a little help!

Express the derivative dy/dx in terms of x.

y=u^2(u-u^4)^3 and u=1/x^2
Answered by Harley Weston.

l'Hospital's Rule 1999-10-18
From Yannick Gigandet:
How can I solve these two limits :
  1. lim when n approches 1 of n[a1/n -1]

  2. lim when x approches 0 of (eax - ebx) / x
Thanks for the answer!

Answered by Harley Weston.
(-5)^2, -5^2 and -(5)^2 1999-10-13
From Jennifer Brown:
What is the difference between the following problems:

(-5)2, -52 and -(5)2

Our text book (Beginning Algebra, fourth edition, published by McGraw Hill, by Streeter, Huthison and Hoetzle) says the second and third problem are exactly the same. I don't see how that can be. Is there a mathematical rule that explains this?
Answered by Penny Nom.

Finding a rule for a sequence 1999-02-17
From Lindsey Masters:
I'm doing a maths investigation and i have a sequence which goes:-


Our teacher told us we have to find a rule by looking at the differences of the terms until we find a constant. The first differences are:-


The differences of these are:- ......

Please could you tell me how to work it out so that I could work out the rules of similar sequences.
Answered by Penny Nom.

Calculus 1999-01-16
From Kaylea Rankin:
Differentiate the following.

y = 1 /(2+3/x)
Answered by Jack LeSage and Penny Nom.

Divisibility by 11 1998-10-28
From Pat Duggleby:
I am an upgrading instructor at a drop-in program in Regina. One of my students is taking General Math 30 through correspondence, and we have run into some confusing instructions. The section is about divisibility rules, and we did just fine up until the rule for Divisibility by 11. The statement is as follows:
If the difference between the sum of the odd-numbered digits and the sum of the even-numbered digits, counted from right to left, is divisible by 11, then the number is divisible by 11.

Answered by Penny Nom.
(50^20)(20^50) 1998-02-24
From fion:
50 power of 20 X 20 power of 50?

How many zero can be found in the answer and why?
Answered by Penny Nom.

Cos(x) Cos(2x) Cos(4x)=1/8 1997-09-24
From Tan Wang:
How many distinct acute angles x are there for which cosx cos2x cos4x=1/8?
Answered by Chris Fisher Harley Weston and Haragauri Gupta.
Mathematical Induction and the Derivative 1997-03-18
From Shuling Chong:
"Obtain a formula for the nth derivative of the product of two functions, and prove the formula by induction on n."

Any educated tries are appreciated.
Answered by Penny Nom.




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