







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. 





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. 





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. 





Two ships 
20141118 

From Laura: 7. A ship leaves its home port and sails on a bearing of N28.17°E. Another ship leaves the same port at the same time and sails on a bearing of S61.83E. If the first ship sails at 24 mph and the second at 28 mph find the distance between the two ships after 4 hours. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A man a ship and a wharf 
20140926 

From Ralph: A man om wharf 12 meters above the level of water is pulling a rope tide to a boat at the rate of 2 meters per minute. How fast is the boat approaching the wharf when there are 20 meters of the rope our. (with solution) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percent as a fractional relationship 
20130114 

From Kenneth: What does the following indicate?
"A percent is another way of expressing the ratio or fractional relationship
of two numbers."
I know what a ratio is, but the term "fractional relationship" confuses me.
I thank you for your reply. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two ships 
20110405 

From Gevork: Ship A is sailing due south at 16 mph. At the same time, a second ship B, 32 miles south of A, is sailing due east at 12 mph.
(a) at what rate are they approaching or separating at the end of one hour?
(b) At what rate are they approaching or separating at the end of two hours?
(c) When do they cease to approach each other and how far apart are they at that instant. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Set notation 
20110110 

From Ron: The question asked in a handout:
8k  5 < 35, keI
I believe the answer to k is 5. But what does the k e(E) I mean in this? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A spaceship playhouse 
20100726 

From Dave: I would like to build a spaceship playhouse for my grandson I want it to
be about 36" around and I want to use 5/4 decking boards that measure
5 1/2" wide how do I figure out how to lay out a base pattern to nail to
(what angle do I need to cut and how many boards will it take to go around
the circle. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A linear relationship 
20100622 

From Laura: The monthly cost of driving a car depends on the number of miles driven. Lynn found that in May it cost her $300 to drive 480 miles and in June it cost her $460 to drive 800 miles.
Question: Express the monthly cost C as a function of the distance driven d, assuming that a linear relationship gives a suitable model. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A linear relationship 
20100224 

From Mel: This table shows the linear relationship between an aeroplane's height (above sea level) and the outside air temperature.
h (cm) 
120 
340 
480 
600 
1040 
T (degrees C) 
14.28 
12.96 
12.12 
11.4 
8.76 
Find the gradient and vertical intercept of the function. Write the formula for T. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A question from a boat builder 
20100101 

From Grant: I am a boat builder, trying to lay out shape of side's elevation.
My question is, how do I define the length of a circle's radius, if I know the chord length
(20 ft) and the segment of the radius between the chord and the circle is known (7 inches)? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two ships and a lighthouse 
20090527 

From Chelsey: I have a question in regards to how do I know when to use tangent or cosine when determining angles. The question is: Looking north from the observation deck of a lighthouse 60 m above the sea, a lighthouse keeper sees two ships. The angles of depression to the ships is 5 degrees and 10 degrees. How far apart are the ships?
I don't understand which one to use when solving the equation. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Find an expression for the nth term 
20090220 

From Dawn: Find an expression for the nth term:
x= 1 2 3 4...n
y=11 8 5 2...?
I think it's a linear relation but don't know the equation that goes with it. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How far are the boats apart? 
20081114 

From dom: Two boats leave port at the same time. They leave at 150 degree angle. One boat travels at 10mph and the other at 20mph. After two hours how far are the boats apart? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How far was the ship from the tower at 1:30 p.m? 
20080907 

From sam: A passenger on a ship sailing north at 5.0 mph noticed that at noon a radio tower on land was due east of the ship. At 1:30 p.m., the bearing of the tower from the ship was S35degreesE. How far was the ship from the tower at 1:30 p.m. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





What is the bearing to the ship from port? 
20080906 

From Rita: A ship leaves the port of Miami with a bearing of S80degreesE and a speed of 15 knots. After 1 hour, the ship turns 90 degrees toward the south. After 2 hours, maintaining the same speed, what is the bearing to the ship from port? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A cardboard spaceship 
20080831 

From Lee: I am building a "cardboard" spaceship for my 4 year old grandson.
The cabin is a dishwasher box with a cool control panel and elipse shaped
windows.
I really need help designing the cone or"nosecone".
The diameter of the base is 26", 24" tall, with a 6" diameter opening
at the top.
Thank you for the help!
Lee Answered by Penny Nom. 





Growth factor and growth rate 
20080213 

From william: what is the difference between growth factor and growth rate? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Harley Weston. 





The cost before tax and shipping 
20080206 

From jonathan: Please explain how to solve this problem. I know you have to work backwards. If i have $125 to spend, how do I know the most I can spend before adding 6% tax and 9% shipping.(shipping is cost before tax) I can only figure this out by trial and error. I know there is a better way Answered by Penny Nom. 





A relationship between numbers 
20080124 

From Robyn: Study these problems: ? 2=4 ? 5=25 ? 9=81
1. Explain what ? means (hint there are two answers).
2. What number is equal to ? 6
3. What number does ? 12 represent? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





What is the relationship between 0/6, 2/4, 4/2, 6/0? 
20080117 

From Olugbenga: What is the relationship between 0/6, 2/4, 4/2, 6/0? Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is the Sales Tax? and Shipping? 
20070424 

From Mark: 1 Item $4020.44
1 Item $1749.86
1 Item $11455.62
Total 17,225.92
The sales tax and shipping is included in the total. The sales tax rate is 8.75%
What is the Sales Tax? and Shipping? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How far from the port is the point where the ship turned? 
20070219 

From Chris: I was confused on this problem. If a ship leaves port and travel due east. At a certain point it turns 65 degrees south of east and travels b=322 nautical miles to a point 461 nautical miles on a direct line from port. How far from the port is the point where the ship turned? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Making and using equations 
20060830 

From Brooke:
write an equation to model the relationship between these variables. Define the variables you use, and refer to your notes for a variety of formats of equations we have studied this year.
week 1: 3 birds infected
week 2: 15 birds infected
week 3: 75 birds infected
week 4: 375 birds infected
Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





5 square miles or a 5mile square? 
20060503 

From Rosemary: I am an interpreter in our Historical Museum. From what I received, I have always told my guests that when the Connecticut Land Company sold the Western Reserve land, 5 square miles constituted a township. I was corrected yesterday by someone who said it should have been a 5mile square. What is the difference? Hope you can help. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Marine shipping  fuel consumption 
20060426 

From Sandy: When a ship is 800 nautical miles from port its speed is reduced by 20%,
thereby reducing the daily fuel consumption by 42 tonnes and arriving in
port with 50 tonnes onboard. If the fuel consumption per hour is given
by the expression (0.136 + 0.001V^3) where V is speed in knots;
Estimate a) reduced consumption per day b) fuel onboard when speed reduced
c) normal consumption for 800 nautical mile voyage d) increase in steaming
time Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Shipping charges 
20020219 

From Sohail: A mail order company charges a fixed fee for shipping merchandise that weighs 1 pound or less, plus an additional fee for each pound over 1 pound. If there shipping charge for 5 pounds is $4.80, and for 12 pounds is $6.20, find the fixed fee and the additional fee. Answered by Penny Nom. 





When will the ship disappear? 
20011010 

From Stacy: If the sail of a ship were a 100 ft. tall and you were a mouse at the edge of the shore looking out at it, how far out would the ship be when it disappears? ( your eye level is level with the water.) Answered by Harley Weston. 





The best of 7 
20010908 

From Michelle: Professional basketball, hockey, and baseball championships are decided on the best 4 out of 7 games. The first team to win four games wins the championship. In how many possible ways could the team win the championship series after winning the first game?
Example:
Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Result W L L W W W
Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





Average speed 
20010501 

From Tom: A ship goes in one direction, west to Hawaii, at 20 nautical miles per hour and, because of the wind, makes the return trip at 30 nautical miles per hour. What is the average speed? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





An order relation 
20010212 

From Amy: What is an order relation? Answered by Claude Tardif. 

