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A Baby is Born 1 min into the New Year – What are the odds?


As fireworks were fired off from Auckland’s Sky Tower to welcome 2018, the country welcomed the first baby of the new year. The healthy baby boy, weighing 3.5kg, was born at Auckland Hospital at 12.01am to a Howick couple on the first day of the new year.

There are 526,600 minutes in a year, meaning the odds of giving birth at 12.01 on January 1 are one in 526,600.

The parents (above) have named their precious bundle Rex — which has nothing to do with being a new year baby, but because they say he looked like a T-Rex at his first ultrasound. (source: NZ Herald)

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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)?]

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