## Try Your Hand At These Unanswered Math Questions

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 by Tom Gilson

**These are actual questions that have been posted at WikiAnswers.com***. To be fair, I have got to believe some of these were typos, but they live on regardless. At the time I wrote this post, none of these had been answered at WikiAnswers.*

Whoever wrote the questions in this first grouping apparently knows how to operate a computer and navigate the Internet. But when it comes to math, these questions were …

**Too Tough For Me!**

How many inches does 60 inches equal?

What is the equivalent decimal for 3.71?

**Whew! Those were hard! You’ll be glad to know I can provide answers to these:**

Is your width always you shortest distance?

*No, sad to say, my width is not as short a distance as it used to be.*

Do you hold a tattoo gun at a 45 degree angle?

*No, I don’t, and that’s my final answer.*

In math what are the 4 multiples of 7?

*The first three are 7, 14, 21, and the other one is 49.*

What are the rules of multiplying powers?

*You might want to consult Machiavelli on that one.*

How do you get volume of water in cylinder?

*Hold the cylinder under the faucet, turn on the water …*

What is 50 grams of chocolate equal to?

*About 34 1/2 standard-size Hershey’s Special Dark bars.*

*I don’t actually know the answer to this one but I think it’s probably related to the previous question.*

**Some questions have a definite theological connection:**

*See Isaiah 6:2-6 for a good example.*

Who was the founder of natural number?

*God.*

If I have three numbers that are 97 83 and 89 which one is prime?

*Why does this remind me of trying to explain the Trinity?*

**Wouldn’t you love to know the answer to these?**

Which number is always a winning number?

What will happen 4000 years from now?

**Some questions are just imponderable.**

What has two million parts in it?

How much wood does a wood-chuck chuck?

What is the value of boldfaced digit 189612357?

Will you be my square root of three?

**The problem with these is not “Too Much Information”**

How many minutes are there in 67?

Explain how you would tell another student how to find the value of x?

**Math has a history**

What metric system did spartans use?

*How many metric systems did they have to choose from?*

What year was math first discovered?

**Definition Daffiness**

What is difference detween foot and feet?

Is 2 a standard notation in math?

How much larger is a kilogram than a pound?

*I’ll give points to the first commenter who knows why I included this question in this category. I’ll give even more points to the first commenter who knows why there are at least *two* reasons to include this question in this category. (The answers I’m thinking of have nothing to do with monetary systems.) Points are redeemable for free visits to this website at your discretion (you must provide your own access to the Internet, however).*

**Distance, area, volume: who cares?**

Convert 110 meters to cubic meters?

How do you convert 31 inches wide into cubic feet?

**1 feet is equal to how many square feet?**

How many rectangles have a perimeter of 14 and 16 and 18 and 24?

A rhombus with no right angles is what kind of square?

What is formed by 2 or more figures?

*Yes, unfortunately I do. See my answer above to “Is your width always you shortest distance?”*

What is the area of Kentucky in math?

What is the name of a 3 sided solid?

*Are all of those sides flat planes?*

One degree is equal how many inches?

**And finally, my three favorites:**

What is the answer to question 322?

*You gotta love the direct approach there.*

Why was the maths book worried?

*See above.*

How do you find mathematics in your studies?

*Do not see above.*

Speaking of kilograms, this was on NPR this morning.

Luke’s link shows that the official kilogram, the world standard, might be getting less massive.

That would explain why it always takes an increasing number of them to describe my weight.

From the kilogram link…

From New Scientist

Ooops.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn6092-speed-of-light-may-have-changed-recently.html

My students often had interesting ideas about what mathematicians do. My favorite was the one who thought I came up with bigger and bigger numbers.

I can’t answer them all, but these were no problem for me.

How high is 46 meters?It’s over my head.

One lb equals how many lbs?Let’s see: lbs = lb(a + b + c + d….r)

How do you count from 1-20?You count by thirds, so the answer is 3.

How much is 330 million?About 2 miles

What is the equivalent decimal for 3.71?.371^10(1)

What is the equivalent decimal for 3.71?Holopupenko might note that 3.71 is actually an unusually high value for 3.0

That’s right. It’s been my understanding that 3=3.5 for high values of 3, but 3.71 is actually quite high.

Almost unheard of.

Also, 2+2=5. but only for high values of 2. It may even be 2.23 and 2.77.