93 thoughts on “Friday Math Problem Blogging

  1. Well, maybe not to our Lady Z, but, this old witch only passed on fraction’s and flunked on spelling..Carry on bright one’s I am going to watch Grey’s Anatomy 3rd season disk 4….Painting did me in today and yesterday was way to fun….Tomorrow I am taking off to go to a rock and gem show….Blessings all.

  2. My post didn’t work, my math beyond fraction’s doesn’t either..Like my spelling…..Oh well~ you all have fun any way…I’m gonna watch some season 3 of Grey’s Anatomy…..Blessings

  3. Close Wayne, but you forgot to make the exponentials positive. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1 over (or divided by)
    -8 a(to the 50th power) b(to the 13th power)

    Good try!

  4. I’m going to get back to my latest genealogical project. I have an uncle who was in the Battle of the Bulge. He and his battalion are mentioned in several books and on many websites. I’m working on consolidating all of these diverse sources into one long piece. It’s going to take a long while.

  5. Camptown race’s five miles long…
    … doo dah… doo dah…

    Say… anybody here know jes’ exactly what in tarnation a “doo dah” actually is???

  6. Dunno… jes’ know me ‘n ma kin bin usin’ it ta express frustration ever since I were jes’ a cub…

    … Tarnation may refer to: A colloquial synonym for damnation…

    … as in the usage… “What in tarnation are ya askin’ me what ‘tarnation’ means?”

  7. Gregor,

    I’m impressed that you were that close.

    I really can’t remember any longer what negative powers are. I mean, I can visualize what something is “squared,” but I don’t remember anymore what it is when it’s “negative squared.”

  8. Humpf! Bears don’t do math problems…

    We usually just get frustrated and end up eating the teacher. And if we’re in a really, really bad mood, half the class too…

    Lemme see… 2b, or is that, not 2b… is that the question?

    Waitaminut… does this have sumpin’ ta do w/ “Killer Bs”?

  9. “Lemme seeโ€ฆ 2b, or is that, not 2bโ€ฆ is that the question?”

    Then there was John Phillip Sousa, inventor of the Sousaphone, who said, “tuba, or not tuba….what was the question?”

  10. If either “a” or “b” = zero, then the answer to the equation is “Congress.”

    Which has an “Absolut” value.

  11. TRoS sez:
    How can you come to an absolute numerical value when you donโ€™t really know what โ€œaโ€ or โ€œbโ€ equals?

    Silly accountant, there is no absolute numerical value in solving this equation. ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Right… that’s what I thought.

    No numerical answer here…

    Careful, whilst you can call an accountant silly… polar bears tend to be a little more “sensitive”…

    **sniff… sniff… grrrrrrowl… sniff… snifff**

  13. Humpf… now, yer jes’ makin’ fun a me…

    What is this… BTW… algebra? Differential calculus?? I always hated trigonometry…

    My especiality, apart from huntin’ seals, was geometry. Probably why I was so good at 8 ball when I was playin’ on a regular basis. Makin’ my 3 rail bankshots and “phantom ball” combos ‘n all that cool stuff.

  14. Hey TRoS, she called you big. She called you white. And she still wants me to do my homework. Are you going to eat her or what?

  15. ***sound of raspberries***

    So we’re even… ’cause I hate algebra…

    I got a math problem for ya…

    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    And, no, the the answer is NOT a negative number…

  16. Yes, Shayne… thinkin’ about it …

    … tap… tap… thinkin’ about it…

    You tryin’ yer best ta put me up ta this, Shayne???

  17. What’s your beef with geometry Zooey? I sort of liked the whole proofs deal. . Oh and sorry about the whole shark problem

  18. I really don’t like doing homework TRoS. Can you help me out here. Oh and don’t believe that whole land shark bit. Plenty of her left I believe.

  19. Okay… I t’ink yer right, Shayne… I don’t believe the land shark bit either…

    Sneakin’ up… sneakin’ up… sneakin’…

    Pounce!!!!!

  20. Buuuurp! ‘Cuse me… got anyt’ing ta drink?

    Sum’pin ta wash this down wi’t???

    Hmmm… a little on the salty side…

    What’s fer dessert?

  21. dbadass,

    Geometry makes no sense to my brain. Algebra is balanced and zen-like. Geometry makes me crazy. I have no spatial ability whatsoever. Last semester in Geology, my topographical maps were always upside down. The TA thought I was “special” until I told him I’m a Soc major. Heh.

  22. Hmmm…

    A wolverine… a bit tougher than a baby seal, or Zooey ‘n Shayne, fer that matter…

    Better be careful…

  23. dbadass,

    In Idaho we’re required to take algebra and pre-caluculus/geometry, in order to take statistics. I can see the need for statistics, but this other stuff — no.

    We’ve already had frosty mornings here! And a now flurry the other day. It was 50-something degrees, so I don’t get that one. Weird.

  24. Well, geez, I’m a bear…

    Bears don’t use napkins, or knives and forks, fer cryin’ out loud…

    Like wolverines are all that perlite ‘n polished…

    What are wolverines related to? Weasels and minks? Martens, fishers, otters? They are supposed to be exceedingly tough critters in the wild. I was walking around the town I live one night last summer and actually saw a ferret lopping around. Probably someone’s pet that escaped. (They’re illegal in the state…)

  25. Whilst polar bears don’t hibernate, we do like to pack on a few extra ponds fer tha winter months…

    Say… I’m havin’ a hard time seein’ ya clearly… would ya mind steppin’ a little closer so’s I kin be sure who’s I’m ea… talkin’ to…???

  26. Whoa… yer repeatin’ on me…

    Anybody got some Tums???

    BTW… the land shark??? Was it a great white?

    Jes’ askin’…

  27. Well, am I ever stuffed.

    T’anks fer havin’ me over fer dinner… hehehe…

    Time ta go find a quiet corner ‘n sleep this one off.

    One a ya musta bin drinkin’ earlier…

  28. Heh. The land shark was wearing a kilt, so yeah, pretty damn white. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You really know how to charm the ladies — I’m giving you gas. Gross!!

    Lordy, I need to get to bed. Ghosts need their beauty rest too.

    Goodnight, all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Zooey, in my defense, my answer was actually correct also. To make my exponents positive would require putting them in the denominator with the -8, as in your answer. Just multiply my answer by (a^50 * b^13)/(a^50 * b^13) [which equals 1], and you’ll get the answer you gave. I don’t think they would have considered my answer wrong, especially since the original problem used negative exponents. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I happen to love algebra (and most math.)

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