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It’s Christmas and Santa Delivers

December21

Philip Bump, in an article published in The Atlantic in 2011, calculated whether it was possible for Santa (the real one) to deliver presents to all the Christian children in the world. He wrote, “Over the course of one night, St. Nick has to stop by the home of every Christian child in the world. […]

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How does Santa visit all those homes?

December24

                  In The Mathematics of Christmas Keith Devlin notes that, “…by traveling east to west, Santa can take advantage of the different time zones, and that gives him 24 hours. Santa can complete the job if he averages 1250 household visits per second. In other words, for […]

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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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