Friday, May 31, 2013
Movies and the screens we view them on typically come in two formats. Standard format has a 3:4 aspect ratio, meaning that the picture height is 3/4 of the picture width. Widescreen format has a 9:16 aspect ratio, so the picture height is 9/16 of the picture width. A widescreen movie shown on a standard screen has two horizontal black bars, one above and one below the picture. Likewise, a standard movie shown on a widescreen screen has vertical black bars on the sides. What percent of the viewing area is lost to the black bars when viewing a widescreen movie on a standard screen? How about when viewing a standard movie on a widescreen screen?
Friday, May 10, 2013
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
A recipe for scones calls for 3 cups of flour and 10 tablespoons of butter and makes 12 scones. You only have 2 cups of flour, but you can still make 8 scones. How much butter should you use? (Hint: 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons.)
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It is possible to mix coins in a stack to get a stack a whole number of millimeters high. For example, a stack of 2 nickels and 2 pennies has a height of exactly 2 × 1.95 + 2 × 1.55 = 7 mm. Can you find a stack of coins with a whole number of millimeters less than 7?
US coins have different thicknesses as specified below:
Two stacks of coins may have the same height but a different number of coins. For example, a stack of 39 pennies has a height of 39 × 1.55 = 60.45 mm, and a stack of 31 nickels also has a height of 31 × 1.95 = 60.45 mm. Find the smallest number of dimes and quarters that can likewise be made into two stacks the same height.