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## Archive for September, 2017

### The God Number Solves Rubik’s Cube

September30

The world has waited with bated breath for 30 years, and now finally a group of academics, engineers, and math geeks has discovered the number that explains life, the universe, and everything. That number is 20, and it’s the maximum number of moves it takes to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Known as God’s Number, the […]

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### You need to build a pen for your dog…

September29

‘Sadie’ is such a lovely dog – playful, cuddly and, well, just cute! But, your parents are going out to buy 24 meters of fencing to make a pen for dear Sadie. What will you do while they are out shopping? Why, play with Sadie of course? No, no, no – you have to put […]

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### Math Jokes – you either love them or h8 them!

September26
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10 x 9 x 8 + (7 + 6) x 5 x 4 x (3 + 2) x 1 = 2020

NCEA Level 2 Algebra Problem. Using the information given, the shaded area = 9, that is:
y(y-8) = 9 –> y.y – 8y – 9 =0
–> (y-9)(y+1) = 0, therefore y = 9 (can’t have a distance of – 1 for the other solution for y)
Using the top and bottom of the rectangle,
x = (y-8)(y+2) = (9-8)(9+2) = 11
but, the left side = (x-4) = 11-4 = 7, but rhs = y+? = 9+?, which is greater than the value of the opp. side??
[I think that the left had side was a mistake and should have read (x+4)?]