







A pond in a garden 
20200409 

From Jin: c) I have a large square pond set inside a square garden: both the pond and the
garden have sides which are a whole number of metres, and outside the pond,
the garden is grassed over. The area covered by grass is 188 square metres.
Find the area of the pond. (5 marks) Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many cubes are in a 3x3x3 cube? 
20190624 

From Darren: Dear Sir/Madam,
How many cubes of different sizes (eg. 1x1x1, 2x2x2, 3x3x3) are there in total in say,
a 3x3x3 cube? I have trouble figuring this out.
Yours faithfully,
Darren Answered by Penny Nom. 





Subdividing a rectangle into squares 
20180513 

From jeverzyck: A rectangular board is 108cm wide and 156 cm long Equal squares as large as possible
are ruled off this board.Find the size of the square.How many squares are there? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Expand (5x9)(5x+9) 
20180301 

From adil: expand the following:
(5x9)(5x+9) Answered by Penny Nom. 





A question about perfect squares 
20180204 

From Jolyn: Find the smallest possible value of a whole number m if 648x m is a perfect square Answered by Penny Nom. 





Squares and rectangles 
20170715 

From Tront: So, there's a general rule that all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares. Im trying to find a term that would describe this relationship. I've found that if all of A is B but not all B is A then I'd say that A is a subset of B, but is there a term that describes the relationship as a whole? I don't want to describe the components, I want to describe the relationship as a whole. Answered by Penny Nom. 





1/1cosine(2x)  1/1+ cos(2x) 
20161214 

From Sean: 1/1cosine(2x)  1/1+ cos(2x) Answered by Penny Nom. 





x^2 = 16 
20161212 

From A student: x to the second power = 16
what number solves the equation? Answered by Penny Nom. 





2^48  1 
20150613 

From Soham: The number 2^481 is divisible by two numbers between 60 and 70. The sum of
the two numbers is? 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. 





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

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





Can 100r^281z^2 be factored? 
20131208 

From Rosa: Can 100r^281z^2 be factored? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Squares and cubes 
20130802 

From Sandra: What whole number equals 25 when it is squared and 125 when it is cubed? Answered by Penny Nom. 





(4 4cos^4 x)/(sin^2 x) 
20130518 

From Agnes: How I can solve this question :
Simplify (4 4cos^4 x)/(sin^2 x) and write in terms of sin x Answered by Penny Nom. 





Difference of squares 
20121119 

From Qelibar: Please factorise x^2y^2  4 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two equations involving fractions 
20120612 

From Fatima: Hi ,teacher gave two question to my daughter as follows
Solve 2/x+3=(1/xx9)(1/x3)and
Solve (4/x2)(x/x+2)=16/xx4
Please help me
Thanks & regards fatima Answered by Penny Nom. 





Sum and difference of squares 
20111231 

From Anne: Se x e y são números reais distintos, então:
a) (x^2 + y^2) / (x  y) = x + y
b) (x^2 + y^2) / (x  y) = x  y
c) (x^2  y^2) / (x  y) = x + y
d) (x^2  y^2) / (x  y) = x  y
e) Nenhuma das alternativas anteriores é verdadeira. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Squares and triangles 
20111206 

From Liaqath: You have squares and triangles.
Altogether there are 33 sides.
How many squares do you have?
How many triangles do you have? Answered by Penny Nom. 





U(n+1) = 2Un + 1 
20110522 

From Cillian: In a certain sequence, to get from one term to the other you multiply by 2 and add 1, i.e. This is a difference equation of form: U(n+1) = 2Un + 1. prove that there is a maximum of 2 perfect squares in this sequence Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Two whole numbers 
20110511 

From yolanda: The sum of two whole numbers is 12.If the sum of the squares of those numbers is 74,what are the two numbers? Answered by Penny Nom. 





(3x+4y)^2  (2xy)^2 
20110316 

From Taiwo: pls could some one help me with this question? thanks as lot
factorize:
(3x+4y)^2  (2xy)^2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two problems 
20100413 

From Dorothy: 1. Explain why the number 123, 456, 789, 101, 112 cannot be a perfect square. (Hint: What is the units digit?)
2. A substance doubles in volume every minute. At 9:00A.M., a small amount is placed in a container. At 10:00A.M., the container is just full. At what time was the container oneeighth full? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Is it a square? 
20100129 

From Manick: I have a question. how to find whether a given integer is a perfect square or not? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





(9  x^2)/(x  3) 
20091204 

From Sandy: 9x^2/x3
I need to know how to solve this.
Thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cubes and squares 
20090916 

From Stanley: What is a three consecutive digit number like 5,6,7 , which is two less than a cube and two more than a square? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The units digit is 5 
20090202 

From Ray: the number that when squared the units digit is 5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Factor x^2  y^2 
20090120 

From Shell: complete Factor: x^2y^2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Factoring 
20081119 

From Neji: How do you factor (yz) (y+z) (y^4+y^2z^2+z^4) and get (y+z)(y^2yz+z^2) (yz) (y^2+yz+z^2) as the answer? Answered by Harley Weston. 





z(z+1)x(x+1) / zx 
20080930 

From sylvia: z(z+1)x(x+1) / zx
HOW DO I SIMPLIFY THIS Answered by Penny Nom. 





a(a+1)  b(b+1) 
20080930 

From Shaun: I need to factor (ab) out of the following: a(a+1)  b(b+1). I know it is simple but I cannot remember how. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Simplifying Algebraic Expressions 
20080822 

From Jacky: x^2y^2+4x+4y Answered by Penny Nom. 





Factoring x^2 + 729 
20080819 

From peter: hello I,am having trouble factorising a polynomial into polynomial factors
with real coefficients please can you help the polynomial is x^2+729 Answered by Harley Weston. 





The sum of the squares of the fibonacci numbers 
20080427 

From Thomas: Hey I have a question for a research topic that our teacher set us, It is regarding the sum of the squares of the fibonacci numbers.
The question says describe the pattern that exists and write a general formula that describes the relationship illustrated above.
I can see the pattern that is occurring but i cannot put this into a general formula.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks Tom Answered by Victoria West. 





10 squares drawn one inside another 
20080225 

From Rajesh: There are 10 squares drawn one inside another.The diagonal of the inneremost square is 20 units. if the distance b/w the corresponding corners of any two successive squares is 1 unit, find the diffrence between the areas of the eigth and seventh square counting from the innermost Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





5x^2  45 
20080211 

From Tiana: factor:
5x^2  45 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Expand (a^4  b^4) 
20071117 

From Saif: how would you expand (a^4  b^4) ??? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Victoria West. 





A 5 by 5 checkerboard 
20070917 

From Darren: Hi, I'm Darren and i have some questions to ask you about this problem:
In a 5 by 5 checkerboard : how many 2 by 2 squares are there,
what other sizes of squares do you need to count and how many of of each size of squares
can you find; how many squares did you find in all Answered by Victoria West. 





Two squares 
20070818 

From Jerry: The vertex E of a square EFGH is inside a square ABCD. The vertices F, G and H are outside the square ABCD. The side EF meets the side CD at X and the side EH meets the side AD at Y. If EX = EY, prove that E lies on BD. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Find all numbers which are both squares and cubes 
20070730 

From Arul: what is the easiest way to find the number which is both a square and a cube?
the numbers i know are 64 and 729 which is both a sqr and a cube.
i took long time to solve this.. is there any easier way? Answered by Steve La Rocque. 





Simplifying an algebraic fraction expression 
20070725 

From Jessica: How do I simplify b/(b^{2}25) + 5/(b+5)  6/b? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Simplifying complex denominators 
20070621 

From Krys: How do I simplify completely?
((4+i ) / (3+i ))  ((2i ) / (5i )) Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Counting squares 
20070512 

From Bridget: Explain how many squares there are on a board measuring 4 by 4 units, Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





Using the "difference of squares" formula how do I compute 27 * 33? 
20070402 

From Sarah: Using the "difference of squares" formula how do I compute 27 * 33? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Factoring polynomials 
20070214 

From Joe: I am in the eighth grade, and we are learning the equivalent of Algebra 2. I have no ides how to factor (x2)(x^21)6x6 You help is most aprreciated. Thank you! Joe Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How many squares are there on a checkerboard 
20061217 

From Tania: how many squares are there altogether on the checkerboard (including the 64 small squares)? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Factoring m^49^n 
20061207 

From Josh: I can not figure out how to completely factor m^49^n. Answered by Penny Nom. 





1X2X3X4+1=5^5 
20061123 

From Liza: 1X2X3X4+1=5 square 2x3x4x5+1=11 square What is the rule for this? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





What's 3x squared? 
20061102 

From Cath: What's 3x squared? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Squaring numbers 
20061008 

From Timothy: did anyone ever try to teach that the easiest way to find the next square in a group of numbers is to add the next odd number in the sequence. for example: 1 squared is 1, 2 squared is 4,difference of 3.the next odd number is 5 so the next square would be 4 +5 or 9 Answered by Paul Betts and Penny Nom. 





A square palindrome 
20060911 

From Liz: What is the least threedigit palindrome that is a square number? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Two squares 
20060325 

From Debbie: A small square is constructed. Then a new square is made by increasing each side by 2 meters. The perimeter of the new square is 3 meters shorter than 5 times the length of one side of the original square. Find the dimension of the original square Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Find the nth term 
20051214 

From Kevin: How do i find the nth term of 1 4 9 16 25 36 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The perimeter of a collection of squares 
20051211 

From Catherine: using 12 squares, make a number of patterns (squares joined). Find the perimeters. Find out how many points in the shape have four radiating lines i.e. are two lines intersecting. Write an equation to state the relationship between the lines and the perimeter. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Tables with perfect squares 
20051130 

From Craig: A table consists of eleven columns. Reading across the first row of the table we find the numbers 1991, 1992, 1993,..., 2000, 2001. In the other rows, each entry in the table is 13 greater than the entry above it, and the table continues indefinitely. If a vertical column is chosen at random, then the probability of that column containing a perfect square is: Answered by Claude Tardif. 





A block pyramid 
20051105 

From Kyle: if i make a block pyramid and it puts a new perimeter around it every time, for example the first layer will be 1 block across (area=1), the second layer will be 3 blocks across (area=9), the third layer will be 5 blocks across (area=15),etc. The normal block pyramid. I have figured out that in order to figure out the number of blocks needed for a certain level, the equation is (2x1)2 or (2x1)(2x1), where x is equal to the level. For example, on the fourth level, the equation tells you that it will have an area of 49. How would i make an equation for the total number of blocks up to the level. For example, in order to complete 1 level you need 1 block, for 2 levels you need 10 blocks, for three levels you need 35 blocks, and for 4 levels you need 84 blocks. Answered by Penny Nom. 





An odd number of factors 
20051006 

From Ramneek: What is the common name used for numbers that have an odd number of factors? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





1,4,9,1,6,2,5,3,6,4,9,6,4,8,1 
20050830 

From Liz: Find the next four numbers to the sequence 1,4,9,1,6,2,5,3,6,4,9,6,4,8,1,___,___,___,___. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Explain why 3(x+2) = 3x+2 is incorrect 
20050328 

From Cynthia: An algebra student incorrectly used the distributive property and wrote 3(x+2) = 3x+2. How would you explain to him the correct result, without the use of the distributive law?
Explain why the square of the sum of two numbers is different from the sum of the squares of two numbers. Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is the least threedigit palindrome that is a square number? 
20050212 

From Ben: What is the least threedigit palindrome that is a square number? Answered by Chris Fisher and Penny Nom. 





Is a square a rectangle? 
20041121 

From Carol: I am a teacher. In an FCAT sixth grade review test, there was a question to the students to draw a square and then they referred to it as a rectangle.
What is the definition that makes a rectangle a square that can be taught to the students without confusing them. Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





Factoring 
20040719 

From A student: Factor completely:
3x3  24y3
54x6 + 16y3
16xy  4x  4y  1
0.09x2  0.16y2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





3x squared  27 / x + 3 
20040504 

From Stef: 3x squared  27 / x + 3 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Some factoring problems 
20040415 

From KJ: Factor these:
x^{3}+125 > (x+5)^{3}
8x^{3}27 > (?)
x^{2}+36 > (x+6)^{2}
x^{4}5x^{2}+4 > (?) Answered by Penny Nom. 





400, 100 and 2500 
20031221 

From A student: A person likes 400 but dislikes 300
He also likes l00 but dislikes 99
He also likes 2500 but
dislikes 2400
Which of the following does John like
900, 1000, 1100 or 2400
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Difference of squares 
20031124 

From Susie:
Factor assuming that n is a positive #
Problem: (I will give it to you in words beacuse I don't know how to do exponents on the computer.)
Fortyfive r to the 2n power minus five s to the 4n power.
I was hoping you could walk me through it not just give me the answer.
Answered by Penny Nom. 





A least squares line 
20031109 

From Michelle: Hooke's Law asserts that the magnitude of the force required to hold a spring is a linear function of the extension e of the spring. That is, f = e0 + ke where k and e0 are constants depending only on the spring. The following data was collected for a spring; e: 9 , 11 , 12 , 16 , 19 f : 33 , 38 , 43 , 54 , 61 FIND the least square line f= B0 + B1x approximating this data and use it to approximate k. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Squares in a rectangle 
20031021 

From Raj:
Draw a rectangle with sides of 3 and 4. Divide the sides into 3 and 4 equal parts respectively. Draw squares joining the points on the sides of the rectangle. You will have 12 small squares inside the 3 x 4 rectangle. If you draw a diagonal of the rectangle, it will intersect 6 of the the 12 smaller squares. Similarly, if you have a 4 x 10 rectangle, the diagonal would intersect 12 of the 40 squares inside the rectangle. Is there an algebric equation that determines the number of squares that will be intersected by the diagonal of a rectangle? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Numbers John likes 
20030620 

From Steve: John likes 400 but not 300; he likes 100 but not 99; he likes 2500 but not 2400.
Which does he like? 900 1000 1100 1200 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The square of my age was the same as the year 
20030414 

From Pat: Augustus de Morgan wrote in 1864, "At some point in my life, the square of my age was the same as the year." When was he born? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Can twice a square be a square? 
20030325 

From Mike: The other day it occurred to some students that they could think of no square number which is an integer, which can be divided into two equal square numbers which are intergers, Or put another way, no squared integer when doubled can equal another square integer. For example 5 squared plus 5 squared is 50, but 50 is not a square number. Answered by Walter Whiteley and Claude Tardif. 





Can a square be considered a rectangle? 
20030227 

From Carla:
Can a square be considered a rectangle? (since opposite sides are same length and parallel) Would a regular hexagon or octagon be considered a parallelogram since its opposite sides are parallel? or does a parallelogram HAVE to have only 4 sides? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Factoring 
20021211 

From Larry: Question:
how do u factor trinonmials
EX: X^{ 3} + Y^{ 3}
X^{ 3}  8Y^{ 3}
8X^{ 2}  72
64A^{ 3}  125B^{ 6} Answered by Penny Nom. 





8 squares from 12 sticks 
20021008 

From A student: If you have 12 sticks the same size, how do you make them into 8 squares? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





A square of tiles 
20020830 

From Rosa: How do I go about finding a formula for the number of tiles I would need to add to an arbitrary square to get to the next sized square? Answered by Penny Nom. 





When is 1! + 2! + 3! + ... + x! a square? 
20020819 

From Sarathy: Solve : 1! + 2! + 3! + ... + x! = y^{ 2} How do i find the solutions ? Answered by Claude tardif. 





A sequence 
20020116 

From Chris: I have spent two days trying to determine the pattern to the following set of numbers: 1,4,9,1,6,2,5,3,6,4,9,6,4,8,1,____. I need the next four numbers to the sequence. Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Linear regression 
20020116 

From Murray: If you have a set of coordinates (x[1],y[1]),(x[2],y[2]),...,(x[n],y[n]),find the value of m and b for which SIGMA[from 1 to m=n]AbsoluteValue(y[m]m*x[m]b) is at its absolute minimum. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Magic squares 
20011117 

From A student: 7th grader wanting to find solution to magic square:
place the integers from 5 to +10 in the magic square so that the total of each row, column, and diagonal is 10. The magic square is 4 squares x 4 squares. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Squares of negative numbers 
20011103 

From Susana: I wanted to know if I can square a negative number..? Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





Some algebra 
20011015 

From James: I cannot figure these out I was wondering if you could help me? I have no one to answer my questions.  (7x^{2} – 3yz)^{2} – (7x^{2} + 3yz)^{2}
 Use Pascal’s triangle to expand (2x – y)^{4}
 8x^{3} y  x^{3} y^{4}
 (m + 3n)^{2} – 144
 12x^{4} y – 16x^{3} y^{2} – 60x^{2} y^{3}
 p^{3} q^{2} – 9p^{3} + 27q^{2} – 243
Answered by Peny Nom. 





Squares of one digit numbers 
20011015 

From Needa: What two twodigit numbers are each equal to their rightmost digit squared? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Pythagoras & magic squares 
20011009 

From John: My grandson became intrigued when he recently 'did' Pythagoras at elementary school. He was particularly interested in the 345 triangle, and the fact that his teacher told him there was also a 51213 triangle, i.e. both rightangled triangles with whole numbers for all three sides. He noticed that the shortest sides in the two triangles were consecutive odd numbers, 3 & 5, and he asked me if other right angled triangles existed, perhaps 'built' on 7, 9, 11 and so on. I didn't know where to start on this, but, after trying all sorts of ideas, we discovered that the centre number in a 3order 'magic square' was 5, i.e. (1+9)/2, and that 4 was 'one less'. Since the centre number in a 5order 'magic square' was 13 and that 12 was 'one less' he reckoned that he should test whether a 7order square would also generate a rightangled triangle for him. He found that 72425, arrived at by the above process, also worked! He tried a few more at random, and they all worked. He then asked me two questions I can't begin to answer ...  Is there a rightangled triangle whose sides are whole numbers for every triangle whose shortest side is a whole odd number? and
 Is each triangle unique (or, as he put it, can you only have one wholenumbersided rightangled triangle for each triangle whose shortest side is an odd number)?
Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Squares of Fibonacci numbers 
20010424 

From Vandan: What discoveries can be made about the sum of squares of Fibonacci's Sequence? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Squares on a chess board 
20010411 

From Tom: It was once claimed that there are 204 squares on an ordinary chessboard (8sq. x 8sq.) Can you justify this claim? "PLEASE" include pictures. How many rectangles are there on an ordinary chessboard? (8sq. x 8sq.) "PLEASE" include pictures. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Difference of Squares 
20010222 

From BrunoPierre: I noticed the other day that if you substract two consecutive squared positive numbers, you end up with the same result as if you add up the two numbers. Ex. 5 and 6 (2 consecutive positive numbers) 5^{2} = 25 6^{2} = 36 36  25 = 11 (Substraction of the squared numbers) 5 + 6 = 11 (Sum of the numbers) A more algebric view: a^{2}  b^{2} = a + b where a and b are consecutive positive positive numbers. (b = a + 1) I wondered if this rule had a name, and who discovered it. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Difference of squares 
20010220 

From Janna: Hi! I was just wondering how you would factor x^{2}  9y^{2}. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Factoring (uv)^{3}+vu 
20001215 

From A parent: I am a middle school teacher and a parent. I am snowed in and trying to help my 9th grader get ready for 9 weeks exams. I have tried to factor this problem to no avail. (uv)^3+vu. I have the answer but I need to know how it is done. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The sum of the cubes is the square of the sum 
20001010 

From Otoniel: Without using mathematical induction, or any other method discovered after 1010 a.d. , prove that the sum of i^{3}, (where i, is the index of summation) from one to, n, is equal to ((n*(n+1))/2)^{2} Answered by Penny Nom. 





n^{3} + 2n^{2} is a square 
20000904 

From David Xiao: determine the smallest positive integers, n , which satisfies the equation n^{3} + 2n^{2} = b where b is the square of an odd integer Answered by Harley Weston. 





The sum of the squares of 13 consecutive positive integers 
20000825 

From Wallace: Prove that it is not possible to have the sum of the squares of 13 consecutive positive integers be a square. Answered by Harley Weston. 





1+4+9+16+...n^2 = n(n+1)(2n+1)/6 
20000601 

From Shamus O'Toole: How do you derive that for the series 1+4+9+16+25.. that S(n)=(n(n+1)(2n+1))/6 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three factors 
20000221 

From A parent: Question from a parent helping a child, grade 4, with homework. Can a number have three factors? Name three numbers that have three factors. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Factoring ^6 
20000103 

From Athena:
my name is Athena and I have a question on factoring: how would you figure this out: (x^{6}y^{6}) and (x^{6}+y^{6}) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ben's observation 
19991028 

From Emily Nghiem and Ben Rose: As a teacher at a school called Educere in Houston, I have a ninthgrade student who discovered the following shortcut last year as an eightgrader. What he noticed is that given any two consecutive integers (or n and n+1 for any rational number greater than or equal to 2), the difference between their squares was equal to the sum of the two numbers. . .
Answered by Chris Fisher and Penny Nom. 





An odd number of factors 
19991022 

From Melissa: What is the common name used for numbers that have an odd number of factors? What is the least positive integer that has exactly 13 factors? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A sum of two squares 
19991008 

From Marksmen: what is the smallest whole number that can be written two ways as a sum of two different perfect squares? i.e.11squared plus 3 squared is 121+ 9=130 and7 squared + 9squared=49 +81= 130. Are there any smaller? I am stumped! Answered by Claude Tardif. 





A difference of squares problem. 
19990724 

From Michael and Stephanie Bixler: If you have the equation x= n^{2}  m^{2} (ie 40= 7^{2}3^{2}= 499) x must = a positive number 1) which squared numbers work as n and m 2) how does it work 3) if my teacher gave me the number for x; how could I figure out this problem Answered by Harley Weston. 





Introductory Algebra 
19990519 

From Pat: (2 + sq. root of 3) x (2  sq. root of 3) = 1 Please show me the work. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Factoring 
19990330 

From Maggie Stephens: I don't know anything about factoring would you plese help me. 3x^{4}  48 54x^{6} + 16y^{3} 1258x^{3} 12x^{2}  36x + 27 9  81x^{2} a^{3} + b^{3}c^{3} I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me thanks. Answered by Jack LeSage. 





Factoring 
19990308 

From L. Sivad: Question: m^{2}+6m+9n^{2} Answered by Penny Nom. 





Magic Squares 
19990211 

From Katie Powell: My name is Katie Powell. I'm in the 7th grade, taking Algebra. I live in Houston, Texas. My problem is this: "Use the numbers 19 to fill in the boxes so that you get the same sum when you add vertically, horizontally or diagonally." The boxes are formed like a tictactoe  with 9 boxes  3 rows and 3 columns. Can you help? Answered by Jack LeSage. 





Students and Lockers 
19981002 

From Mike: There is a row of 1000 lockers. There is a line of 1000 students. Student number 1 starts at the first locker and opens all 1000. Student number 2 starts at the second locker and closes every other one. Student number 3 starts at the third locker and goes to every third one, closing the open ones and opening the closed ones. Student number 4 does the same with every fourth locker and so on down the line... After all 1000 students have gone how many lockers are open and which ones are they? Please help! There is proboly a simple solution but we couldnt figure it out for the life of us. Please let us know how you solve it. Answered by Patrick Maidorn and Penny Nom. 





Difference of squares 
19980623 

From Kristen Smelsky: Solve the following using a difference of squares: 4x(squared) minus 4xy plus y(squared) minus m(squared) plus 2m minus 1 Answered by Penny Nom. 





x^2 = ...444 
19980223 

From James Bauer: What is the first interger that when squared ends in three 4's? (ex. x^2 = ...444) Prove that there are no intergers that when squared end in four 4's (ex. x^2 = ...4444) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why QUADratic? 
19970319 

From Paula Miller: A student today asked me why a quadratic, with highest power of degree 2, was called a QUADratic. We're awaiting the answer with baited breath! :) Answered by Chris Fisher and Walter Whiteley. 

