







Counting in base five using words not digits 
20140125 

From Randy: We all know how to count (in the base 10/decimal system) using words not numbers. For example: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, etc. However, in base 5 (for example) how would you count (in words). For sure  in base 5 the number 1 could be "one", the number 2 could be "two". However there seems to be no words to describe base 5 numbers beyond 0,1,2,3 and 4 (and perhaps 10). In base 5 the number 10 is not ten. Rather it is "five". In base 5 what word(s) describe numbers larger than 10? What words are used for 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 30, 44,...etc. Also, consider a man and woman were married in the Gregorian year 1964. If they had an anniversary tomorrow  how long would you say they've been married in base 5 speak? In numbers their Golden Anniversary would note 200 years of marriage in base 5. How would you articulate their years together in base 5? I don't recall seeing verbiage to represent numbers in any system other than the decimal/base 10 system. Do such things exist for other systems? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Sixdigit passwords 
20130319 

From Judy: Hello:
Can you please explain why the answer to the following question is 10^6?
What is the number of possible sixdigit passwords when using the digits 0 through 9, with repetition allowed.
Thank you. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Eight character words 
20120520 

From KiranReddy: i have a requirement that , i need to generate 8 digit word [mix of 26 small letters and 09 digits , both are repeatable]
Please give me the count of such words we can generate Answered by Penny Nom. 





Sixletter words 
20091124 

From christine: How many sixletter words (not necessarily an English words) are there in which exactly three of the letters are z's? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





The worth of a word 
20090923 

From Kaliegh: If each letter of the alphabet is worth one cent more than the previous
letter and the letter "a" is worth one cent. What words would have a
worth equal to 1 cent,10 cents,50 cents,87 cents 64 cents and $1.00? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Arrangements 
20090820 

From Anna: How many arrangements of FATHER can be made if all the vowels must be kept together? Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





Passwords 
20090708 

From Tim: pretend I have a password that is  9k7d4112p5o
assuming that you continuously guessed wrong until that exact
combination was the only possible answer left;
how many times would you have to guess?
capital letters are not relevant
and you do not know how many digits there are Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Some number words 
20080925 

From jodie: My son would like to know the names of digits. When counting it starts ones, tens, hundred, thousand, millions, billions, trillion...he would like to know the order of what comes next and how far we have named them.. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Aboriginal number groupings 
20080904 

From Barbara: Our current place value system is based on the notion of 10s. Did Aborginal people use a similar system or did they group numbers differently? Answered by Harley Weston. 





2 password policies 
20071017 

From Larry: 2 password policies are in question.
Policy 1 states that a password must be between 6 and 8 characters
Policy 2 states that that a password must be exactly 8 characters.
Both policies state that Passwords can contain AZ az 09 (26*2)+ 10 characters to choose from.
Which policy is stronger?
How many potential passwords exist for policy 1 and how many for policy 2? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Binary words 
20070909 

From Jan: A computer word is made of strings of 0's and 1's. How many different words can be formed using 8 characters?
Example is 01010101. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Nine character passwords 
20070327 

From oliver: suppose a password consisted of a string of nine characters from the
english alphabet(26 characters). if each possible password could be tested
in a microsecond,how long would it take to test all possible passwords? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two characters 
20060912 

From Robert: I am looking to find out how many possible unique combinations I can have if at any time i can use only two characters of numbers or the alphabet...For ex., i can have 199 or i can have a1, a2, z1, z2 ... or i can have aa, ab, ac... i came up with possible combinations of 1295 or so... can you help? Answered by Penny. 





Crossword math puzzle 
20040914 

From Joyce and Tiffany: The puzzle name was real number vocabulary and the question is (a number that divides evenly into another what is it?). (Space in between ticmarks on a number line). Answered by Harley Weston. 





Six letter words 
20040117 

From Debora: An anthropologist discovers an isolated tribe whose written alphabet contains only six letters (call the letters A, B, C, D, E, and F). The tribe has a taboo against using the same letter twice in the same word. It's never done. If each different sequence of letters constitutes a different work in the language, what is the maximum number of six letter words that the language can employ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Subsets of the Real Number System 
20020907 

From Christine: In looking for a French equivalent of the word "integer", I found that the word seems not to actually exist in French, and that Canadian schools use the term "natural number" to describe what we have been trained to call "whole numbers," while using the term "whole number" to describe what we have been trained to call "integers." Answered by Claude Tardif. 





The sum of the areas of two regular decagons 
20020527 

From A parent: The sum of the areas of two regular decagons is 39 square inches, and their radii are in the ratio of 2:3. Find the area of the larger decagon. Answered by Paul Betts. 





6,000,000,000,000,000,000 
20010712 

From James: How would I express 6,000,000,000,000,000,000 in words? Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





Six letter words 
20000515 

From Karl Freitag: An anthroplogist discovers an isolated tribe whose written alphabet contains only six letters (call the letters A,B,C,D,E, and F). The tribe has a taboo against using the same letter twice in the same word. It is never done. If each different sequence of letters constitutes a different word in the language, what is the maximum number of sixletter words that the language can employ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





English to french maths words translators 
19990922 

From Steph Keeley: Can you foward be any information re English to french maths words translators, as i am having problems finding one. Answered by Penny Nom. 

