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From: Leon#NoSpam.MOR.com (Leo & Mary)
Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 20:19:41 PDT
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1. Two groups of 12 Lower Division kids came to a Zoo for a field trip. The class gathered around a cage with 15 lazy tigers. Watching those healthy looking children the tigers got real hungry, escaped from the cage and ate some of the kids.
How many scared kids survived if each tiger's tummy can hold only 1 child?
2. 40 old ladies came to an old man's birthday party. Each and every one of those joyful ladies brought 2 combs as a gift for the old man.
How many combs did this entirely bald old man get for his birthday?
3. After a Water Conservation lecture most of the Lower Division students decided not to run the water. One half of the Lower Division came to school with dirty hands, and the other half with dirty faces.
How many students are there in the Lower Division if 190 boys and 146 girls came to school with dirty faces?
4. One rainy morning elephant Gary in a local Zoo got 35 buckets of drinking water with ice. By 3 o'clock in the afternoon he had finished the 21st bucket and decided to use the rest of the buckets to water the Zoo manager.
How much water did Gary use to please the Zoo manager on that cold and windy day?
5. Students of the 2nd grade have 44 ears. Their math teacher has 42 ears less.
How many ears are there in the classroom?
6. Suzan made 11 spelling errors in her test. Bobbie (who was peeking into her paper and copied everything) made 29 errors.
How many of his own errors did Bobbie make?
7. How many holes did Andy's mom find in the tablecloth after Andy pierced it 12 times with a 4tooth fork?
8. A family with 2 wellbehaved sisters is having a Friday night dinner at home. Their little brother is under the table: he is busy cutting one of the table's legs with a band saw. The tireless boy is working at the speed of 1/2 inch of the table's leg per minute.
How long will the dinner last if the table's leg is 3 inches thick?
9. 12 very strict teachers set up a special meeting with the purpose of scolding one troublemaker from the 2nd grade. Each teacher took 15 minutes worth of scolding the student.
How long did this unpleasant meeting last?
10. An Olympic hotdog is 75 centimeters long.
How long it will take for a gold medallist to finish the dog if he eats at the speed of 25 centimeters a minute? What about the silver and bronze medallists? They eat dogs at the speed of 15 and 10 centimeters a minute respectively.
11. Stacey's mother had a few very expensive pieces of jewelry. Stacey just learned at school that airplanes can fly. She threw half of her mom's jewelry out in a window to see if jewelry can fly and swim in the pond below.
How many pieces of jewelry flew out of the window and struggled in the water if 3 rings and 2 necklaces was all her mommy had left after the experiment?
12. Mr. Black proposed to Ms. White to marry him. She promised to think about it. She thought for 15 years and refused. Mr. Black proposed again. Ms. White was thinking 6 years longer than the first time and agreed to marry him.
How many years did Mr. Black spend hoping to get Ms. White for his wife?
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Problems can easily be arranged per level, topic or any other criteria.
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From: Michael Cook <mlc#NoSpam.iberia.cca.rockwell.com> The following is from a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon dated 3/6/91. Calvin: You know, I don't think math is a science, I think it's a religion. Hobbes: A religion? Calvin: Yeah. All these equations are like miracles. You take two numbers and when you add them, they magically become one NEW number! No one can say how it happens. You either believe it or you don't. [Pointing at his math book] This whole book is full of things that have to be accepted on faith! It's a religion! Hobbes: And in the public schools no less. Call a lawyer. Calvin: [Looking at his homework] As a math atheist, I should be excused from this.
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From: TwistedLst (twisted_list#NoSpam.coollist.com)
A ten year old boy was failing math. His parents tried everything from tutors to hypnosis, but to no avail. Finally, at the insistence of a family friend, they decided to enroll their son in a private Catholic school.
After the first day, the boy's parents were surprised when he walked in after school with a stern, focused and very determined expression on his face, and went right past them straight to his room, where he quietly closed the door.
For nearly two hours he toiled away in his room  with math books strewn about his desk and the surrounding floor. He emerged long enough to eat, and after quickly cleaning his plate, went straight back to his room, closed the door, and worked feverishly at his studies until bedtime.
This pattern continued ceaselessly until it was time for the first quarter report card.
The boy walked in with his report card  unopened  laid it on the dinner table and went straight to his room. Cautiously, his mother opened it, and to her amazement, she saw a bright red "A" under the subject of MATH. Overjoyed, she and her husband rushed into their son's room, thrilled at his remarkable progress.
"Was it the nuns that did it?", the father asked. The boy only shook his head and said, "No."
"Was it the oneonone tutoring? The peermentoring?"
"No."
"The textbooks? The teachers? The curriculum?"
"Nope," said the son. "On that first day, when I walked in the front door and saw that guy they nailed to the 'plus sign,' I just knew they meant business!"
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Boy's Life, May 1973:
Ralph: Dad, will you do my math for me tonight? Dad: No, son, it wouldn't be right. Ralph: Well, you could try.
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From: Very Nice Guy <ngsophus#NoSpam.pacific.net.sg>
Friends, Countrymen, fellow Netizens lend me your eyes:
season's greetings, peace and prosperity to all
Today in this TK session, i shall talk about something which is dear to our hearts, nostrils and intestines  namely the elusive true secret to success in Mathematics, which is a grave concern of all students, parents, principals, teachers, aunties and pet hamsters alike. Without further ado, by your leave, allow me to share with you
Once upon a time in a remote island far, far away in the deep recesses of Hilbert Space, there lived a boy called BoyBoy who was having a long history of problems with mathematics in school. He also had a low selfesteem and just was not interested. As a concerned parent, his mother, called MaMa, tried all sorts of ways to encourage, coax, threaten, cajole him into performing in mathematics. This included caning, buying him expensive toys, nagging, buying him his favourite computer games, more nagging, bringing him to all the places he longed to visit, even more nagging ... etc. And all these to no avail.
BoyBoy's mother even went up to the school to talk to the school maths teacher Pierre Simon Lagrange XXIV, a recent 'A'level graduate substitute teacher with absolutely no teaching experience at all, and asked : "What is the true secret of success in mathematics, O Wise and Erudite Teacher?". And thus spake the inexperienced reliefteacher: "Every day eat one hundred bulbs of garlic and one hundred bulbs of onions, look in the mirror and repeat the phrase 'I love Maths' one hundred times." Upon hearing this BoyBoy's mother was shocked and disillusioned. She was disappointed at the school authorities for hiring an untrained teacher who uttered such utter nonsense.
BoyBoy's mother decided to engage the services of a tutor. So she called a tuition agency, who recommended a tutor called Issac Galois XIII. This parttime tutor is an engineering graduate with some experience in teaching and charged 10 cents per month. Of course, 5 cents commission was due to the agency, at the expense of the tutor. BoyBoy's mother asked the tutor: "What is the true secret of success in mathematics, O Wise and Erudite Teacher?". And thus spake the parttime tutor: "Every day eat one hundred bulbs of garlic and one hundred bulbs of onions, look in the mirror and repeat the phrase 'I love Maths' one hundred times." Upon hearing this BoyBoy's mother was infuriated and summarily sacked the engineer. She still had to pay the 10 cents, of which 5 cents goes to the agency.
Frustrated, BoyBoy's mother thought to herself: "I shan't trust these agencies anymore. I shall look for a tutor myself." So she scoured the newspapers and soon found a tutor by the name of Stephen Gauss IX, a mathematics graduate with 1 year experience in teaching. This tutor charged $10 per month for a minimum of 12 months. A year and $120 later, BoyBoy still had no progress in mathematics and BoyBoy's mother began to feel a little panicky. So she asked the tutor: "What is the true secret of success in mathematics, O Wise and Erudite Teacher?". And thus spake the parttime tutor: "Every day eat one hundred bulbs of garlic and one hundred bulbs of onions, look in the mirror and repeat the phrase 'I love Maths' one hundred times." Upon hearing this BoyBoy's mother experienced deja vu and decided to discontinue this tutor's services.
Now BoyBoy's mother was disappointed but she did not give up. She asked among her friends for a recommendation and was soon referred to Leonhard Archimedes V, a trained fulltime tutor, graduate of the worldfamous Camford University with 10 years' teaching experience, charging $1000 per month for a minimum of 5 years. This tutor gave BoyBoy copious amounts of notes, summaries, tips, homework, pastyear examination papers from the top schools for practice, more homework, handson model making, more homework, Internet explorations with Javapowered animations and 3DVRML live demonstrations, field trips to Mathematical places, creative visualisations, mind bending exercises, IQ stretching exercises, more homework and vast array of demonstrations with exotic gadgets, curious contraptions and other paraphernalia.... This really impressed BoyBoy's mother a lot. However at the end of the 5 years, there was only marginal progress. And BoyBoy's mother began to feel rather panicky and began to wonder if this tutor was holding back any secrets. So she confronted this tutor asking: "What is the true secret of success in mathematics, O Wise and Erudite Teacher?". And thus spake the Camfordgraduate tutor: "Every day eat one hundred bulbs of garlic and one hundred bulbs of onions, look in the mirror and repeat the phrase 'I love Maths' one hundred times."
Upon hearing this BoyBoy's mother was experienced cognitive dissonance. However, since the tutor was from Camford and was charging $1000 per month, he must know something, so reasoned BoyBoy's mother. Consequently she decided to give this tutor the benefit of the doubt and try out his advice. The next day after making BoyBoy eat the garlic and onions and recite the 'I love Maths' slogan as prescribed (much to BoyBoy's protest), BoyBoy's mother bundled him to school. Then everybody avoided BoyBoy, even his girlfriend of 9 years dumped him. The experience left him utterly miserable.
BoyBoy, now in his late adolescent years, felt that enough was enough and decided to assert his independence. He plucked up enough courage to speak to his mother, saying "MaMa, I think I do not need you to look for tutors for me anymore. I know the importance of being good at maths. You need not worry about me. I shall look for Carl Hawking I, the Ultimate Tutor myself." Incidentally Boyboy had learned about the Carl Hawking I, the Ultimate Tutor from his web page in the Internet. A double PhD from Stanvard University, three time Field's Medallist (mathematical equivalent of Nobel Prize), the Ultimate Tutor had 100 years' experience in teaching and had solved the Remand Hypothesis, Goldmine Conjecture and proved the Quasicontravariant K27Hyperbundle Global Chromatic Embedding Theorem, all before the age of 12. Now he is meditating in some remote mountain in the upper reaches of the Continuum.
Of course BoyBoy's mother was touched. On the other hand she was worried as the journey into the Continuum was long and arduous and fraught with dangers. However BoyBoy insisted on going. Boyboy's mother wanting the best for her son, was faced with Hobson's choice. She packed lots of water and rations, instant noodles, a portable stove, herbs, tonics and ginseng before tearfully sending him away.
After crossing several oceans, traversing a few deserts, cutting through a multitude of thick jungles, trekking along meandering rivers one after another and trudging along through fields upon fields of snow, BoyBoy arrived at the foot of the Continuum. Then he began his milelong vertical ascent of the Continuum. After reaching the summit, BoyBoy still had to spend six months locating Carl Hawking I, the Ultimate Tutor's, by which time BoyBoy was extremely exhausted, hungry, thirsty, bruised and scarred. He plodded his way to greet the Ultimate Tutor, saying : "O Master, Ultimate Tutor, I have long sought for thee and at last I have found thee. I pray thee, tell me, what is the true secret of success in mathematics, O Wise and Erudite Teacher?". The Master with a milelong white beard, though slightly annoyed by the interruption, was impressed by BoyBoy's sincerity. And thus spake Carl Hawking I, the Ultimate Tutor: "My son, my dear son, the time is not ripe for thee to receive the answer, for thine heart is not yet purified. Go thou, wash my beard every day for ten years.". Boyboy's heart sank but he did as he was told. Daily for the next ten years Boyboy washed the Master's milelong white beard, which was often littered with yak excrement. Yet Boyboy endured the stench, being so delighted to have found wisdom and true meaning in life. He also noted that as he washed nearer the Master, there was another kind of smell that somehow neutralised the odour of the yak excrement, but could not figure out what it was. Also occasionally, BoyBoy overheard the Master mumbling something from afar as he washed, but could not make out what it was. All these added to the intrigue and stoked the flames of curiosity burning in the young man's breast. And at the end of ten long years, BoyBoy, a man by now, could not hide his urgency when he asked: "O Master, Ultimate Tutor, I have religiously cleaned your beard for ten years daily without fail and have purified my heart. Now I beseech thee, tell me, what is the true secret of success in mathematics, O Wise and Erudite Teacher?". And thus spake the Ultimate Tutor: "Every day eat one hundred bulbs of garlic and one hundred bulbs of onions, look in the mirror and repeat the phrase 'I love Maths' one hundred times." Upon hearing this BoyBoy felt betrayed, and protested : "But, O Master, that was what all my earlier tutors said.". And thus replied the Ultimate Tutor : "If I said that in the beginning, you wouldn't have believed me, would you?".
The Moral of the Story is: Every day eat one hundred bulbs of garlic and one hundred bulbs of onions, look in the mirror and repeat the phrase 'I love Maths' one hundred times AND FOR GOODNESS SAKE COVER YOUR MOUTH!
[Disclaimer: All names mentioned herein have been inversed to protect the guilty. Any semblance to real persons or parties is purely collinear.]
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From: "Mr Funny Bone International" <funnybone#NoSpam.lineone.net> Little Johnny was busy doing his homework. As his mother approached she heard: "One and one, the sonofabitch is two." "Two and two, the sonofabitch is four." "Three and three... " His mother interrupted, asking where he had learned this way of doing math. Johnny remarked that his teacher Ms. Clara Jones taught him. His mother was rather upset and told him to stop the homework. The next day she approached Ms. Jones and told her what happened. The teacher was flabbergasted. She said that she couldn't understand why Johnny had said what he did. Then suddenly, Ms Jones exclaimed, "Oh, I know... here in school we say, one and one, the sumofwhich is two."
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A somewhat advanced society has figured how to package basic knowledge in pill form. A student, needing some learning, goes to the pharmacy and asks what kind of knowledge pills are available. The pharmacist says "Here's a pill for English literature." The student takes the pill and swallows it and has new knowledge about English literature! "What else do you have?" asks the student. "Well, I have pills for art history, biology, and world history," replies the pharmacist. The student asks for these, and swallows them and has new knowledge about those subjects. Then the student asks, "Do you have a pill for math?" The pharmacist says "Wait just a moment", and goes back into the storeroom and brings back a whopper of a pill and plunks it on the counter. "I have to take that huge pill for math?" inquires the student. The pharmacist replied "Well, you know math always was a little hard to swallow."
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From: Knut Lorenzen <lorenzen#NoSpam.pnet.de>
The following story is true, I was a personal witness. A mathprof (his nickname was "Lord Number") was talking quite a while on "ndimensional manifolds". He was *far* off comprehension of most of the listeners and finally adressed his audience: "So what do you think is the volume of an infinitedimensional unitsphere ?"
Silence. After a while a voice from the backrows: "42 !" That did it.
P.S.: Actually, this volume is zero (!).
It is inverse proportional to a Gammafunction depending on n.
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From: RickT <taylor#NoSpam.wrex.unet.com>
Quotes from Maths Lessons: Student: What have I done wrong here? [puzzled] Teacher: You have cancelled 4/9 to get 1/3 Student: Yeah... Teacher: Which is well  wrong.
Hold on, I think I have just spelt that number wrong..... Yeah, that's it 0.4661 should be spelt 0.4116.....That's better.
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A commentary on the teaching of mathematics, sent in by James Jackson of Carlisle, Ind., appeared in "Echoes" (winter 1994), published by RoseHulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind. "Echoes" took it from the 199394 issue of "21st Century" (not otherwise identified). The commentary takes the form of a series of story problems: In 1960: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is fourfifths of this price. What is his profit? In 1970: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is fourfifths of this price, or $80. What is his profit? In 1970 (new math): A logger exchanges a set L of lumber for a set M of money. The cardinalitiy of set M is 100, and each element is worth $1.00. Make 100 dots representing the elements of the set M. The set C of the costs of production contains 20 fewer points than set M. Represent the set C as a subset of M, and answer the following question: What is the cardinality of the set P of points? In 1980: A logger sells a truckload of wood for $100. His cost of production is $80, and his profit is $20. Your assignment: underline the number 20. In 1990 (outcomebased education): By cutting down beautiful forest trees, a logger makes $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? (Topic for class participation: How did the forest birds and squirrels feel?) From: Mark Mihalasky <mjm#NoSpam.geol.uottawa.ca> In 1997 (profitdriven education): By laying off %40 of the its loggers, a company improves its stock price from $80 to $100. How much capital gain per share does the CEO make by exercising his stock options at $80? Assume capital gains are no longer taxed, because Republicans feel this encourages investment. From: Joe Triscari <JOSEPH.M.TRISCARI#NoSpam.saic.com> In 2000: (internet in every classroom) Do a web search on forest, trees and logger using two different search engines. Email your results to the teacher.
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From: brum#NoSpam.ix.netcom.com (Edward Brumgnach)
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From: MLCOOK#NoSpam.CCA.ROCKWELL.COM What is (15 minus three times five) plus (20 minus four times five) plus (36 minus nine times four) plus (72 minus nine times eight) plus (96 minus eight times twelve) plus (56 minus seven times eight) [... and on and on ...]? A lot of work for nothing.  as told to me by my daughter Amy
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From: mathwft#NoSpam.math.canterbury.ac.nz (Bill Taylor) One of my quickwitted colleagues was attending an engineering faculty examiners' meeting. An engineering prof sighed, "Some of our students are really abysmal at maths; why, some of them can't even integrate x between 1 and 2 !" Quick as a flash my colleague rejoined, "Then why not have the exam in the morning?" I wonder why we don't get much cooperation from that faculty...
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