Monday, July 9, 2012

Computation

First, big thanks to Maggie for recommending Black Books for viewing. It had been in my Netflix queue for a while, and I finally started watching it yesterday. Hysterical, really. Well, the first five episodes anyway. We'll see once I watch the remaining thirteen.

I spent a fair amount of yesterday going through more stuff in the basement, getting things sorted for tossing, recycling, or donating. So it was that I found an old math problem.


Care to take a chance at solving it? Take as much time as you need. I'm going to post the answer on Friday.

Not much else to report. I'm hoping for a much slower week on the work front. Thank the maker.*

In other news, I finished my only booked editing gig. This means one of two things: either I start writing again, or someone needs to contact me because they want to purchase editing services. Takers?

*Bonus points if get the film reference.

*License: I recreated this equation in an image.

Word to the Nerd

35 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Too early in the morning and I was never a math wiz. (And now I work with computers and websites - go figure.)

Stephen Tremp said...

I'll give it a shot after some coffee. Never heard of Black Books but we have Netflix so I'll check it out.

L.C. Frost said...

Gah! I always over-think these types of problems. My notepad looks unnecessarily complicated right now.

Johanna Garth said...

Ummm, I read the whole math problem thing the same way we hear grown up's voices in Charlie Brown movies ;)

But thanks for the head's up on Black Books. Now I'm curious.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Excellent choice with Black Books - Dylan Moran is hilarious (you should see his stand up DVDs, they're awesome).

The reference I believe is Star Wars,and the closest I get in the equation is 24.333333333

Annika said...

As an almost math teacher (I quit when having only one year left of my education), I've actually seen that problem before :).

And never came around to solve it.

I'll give it a go tomorrow, because it's too late tonight.

Have a good Monday :)!

Shelley Sly said...

You know, I hated math when I was a student, but now that I'm out of school (and have actually taught a special education math class), I enjoy it. I will give that problem a go and come back if I've got the answer. Which I may not actually come up with, but I'll try.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I love stuff like this. Let's see if I can get it before Friday...

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Math and I came to terms several years ago that I would only call upon it when absolutely necessary and it wouldn't make any unannounced visitations unless it was an emergency.

Minxy said...

OK. I was unable to resolve your math puzzle after 30 minutes of deliberation which means it must be a trick question!

BTW, do you play sudoku? I have the world's most difficult sudoku puzzle to share with you, if so.

fishducky said...

I emailed my daughter your question & she sent this back. Not only couldn't I do the problem, I don't understand her answer. Is it correct?

3^3+(8/8)


The ^ is for the exponent.

Padded Cell Princess said...

I should probably just leave a comment since I've been staring at that stupid math problem for 45 mins! I hope I'm just over thinking it... Glad you liked Black Books! It's one of my favorites and all the characters are incredible!

Sarah Ahiers said...

Math for fun? Get outta here! Now spreadsheets or science for fun...

Mina Lobo said...

Dude, throwing numbers at readers and writers on a Monday's more than a bit cruel. Sadist. :-)
Some Dark Romantic

Kristen Wixted said...

I will give this to my math-eletes here in the house and set them to work.

Matt is a cool guy--very much like the blog. Friendly, kind, genial. The works.

fishducky said...

My husband came up with this:
(8 X 3) + (8 X 3) = 48 ÷ 3 = 16 + 8 = 24
Is that right?

Christine Rains said...

My head hurts!

Samantha said...

Numbers make me nauseous...which is sad b/c I would really love to try & figure that one out.

fishducky said...

My daughter's latest answer (which I STILL don't understand):

Oops! Perhaps I should have read the problem more carefully.

Allow me to revise:

8/(3-(8/3))

Leigh Covington said...

Oh man! Brain teasers! This is going to keep me up at night unless I do it. I better get to work! :)

Jay Noel said...

Not even going to attempt. No way Jose.

Juli said...

Could it be...

YEah, I got nothing.

Indigo Roth said...

Hey Joshua, I must confess in frustration I looked it up. That's a very clever answer. Indigo

Colleen Chen said...

8 ÷ (3-8/3) = 8 ÷ 1/3 = 24

Lil Dreamer said...

@ Fishducky, YES!!!! Love it!!

Joshua, reading this post might be nothing less than an act of fate.

I wrote a children's book year's ago. I sent it out to many publisher. I created a Wall of Shame from all the rejection letters. Then one day, I got a letter. Rejecting though it was, it said I had a good story, but my work needed editing.

Shortly there after, I met Minute Man and well you can probably make an educated guess as to why I never got it edited. But now... no more Minute Man!

I guess what I'm TRYING to say here is... how much?

email me? one4writing@hotmail.com

Morgan said...

Math? Pfffft! No way! I used to be brilliant, not so much anymore :P

Joshua said...

Sorry to have hurt any of your heads with this one. I can't promise that I won't post another one at some point. We have two correct answers given. Anyone else want to take a shot?

MOCK! said...

Clarifying questions: Can you use ONLY those digits the number of times they are presented? Can the digits be combined to make multi-digit numbers? How many of the operations/signs are you expected to use?

That's all!

Kato said...

What's M-A-T-H? Haha, joking.

Joshua said...

MOCK! - Each number is used once. No combining them to make 33, 38, 83, or 88. Operators can be used as many as necessary. The uses will be finite since you only have four numbers to play with. Yes, all four numbers are used.

MOCK! said...

Do the digits need to remain whole or can they become decimals?

Yes...I am over thinking this!!

MOCK! said...

Nevermind...I think I got it keeping the digits whole to start...

Do I post in the comments? Let me re-read the post..

Joshua said...

Yes, post it in the comments. I'm not posting those who have the correct answer until Friday when I post the answer.

MOCK! said...

PEMDAS, baby!

8 / (3 - (8 / 3))

8 / (3 - 2 1/3)

8 / (1/3) = 8 * 3

24

Donna Hole said...

So, what are your editing rates?

......dhole