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Desc:Tricky maths problem has contestant stumped
Category:Classic TV Clips, Humor
Tags:maths, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Millionaire
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Corpus Delectable
The entire audience and AOL could have payed better attention in math class, too.

Oh, well. 00 is like half of 00000, so he didn't do too badly.
Even though I know the answer, for that amount of money and because of the way that question is worded I would have taken a short whie to make absolutely sure.

Still would have got it right though.
we'll be right back with college week
you dummy, 16 is the sum of two triangle numbers
Scrotum H. Vainglorious
Does tacking on an s at the end of math make a person smarter?
What the hell is a "square number"?
yeah what the shit

A "square number" is a symptom of how math illiterate the United States is?

Then again, that threw me for a second and I was wrongly thinking of numbers that were multiples of 4.

Cube, theSnake, kingarthur

It's any number that is shaped similar to a square like the top of a five, the bottom of a 4, or 11.

a square number is the product of an integer times that integer again.

4 is 2*2

9 is 3*3

16 is 4*4


I studied math for years and years, but I've never heard of a square number.

Then again, I didn't study it in English.

set your calculator to "maths"
This is a trick question. A very clever one.

The trick answer is A, because 16 is a square of four times four. Four is a square number of two times two by itself. The logic trail then, is that "Sixteen is a square number. Four times Four equals sixteen, and four and four are both square numbers, so this is the correct answer."

This is of course, not true. The wording of the question attempts to make you ignore the fact that the two numbers are in reality, totally different ones and not the sum of the square components of the actual number.

As you can see, the person who worded this question clearly did a fantastic job!
Dr Dim

I understood you Redford. The instant reaction is to use the roots to add up to one of the answers. However, the only numbers you are working with are 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, and 49.

9 + 16 = 25. No other combination works.

There's no time limit on this shit, people just need to calm down and block out that bitch's nagging.

Neat, there's a formula for this, if you want to find right triangles where b+1=c (like in the 3/4/5 or the 5/12/13) or b+2=c (like the 8/15/17 or the 12/35/37). Simple algebra for a simple man.
I was familiar with the formula for right triangles where the hypotenuse and longest leg were consecutive numbers, but I'd never thought about the case where they are consecutive odd integers.

For the right triangle a, b, c where b+2=c, a=[4*(c-1)]^.5

Now that that's out of my system I can go back to watching cat videos and stammering stupidly at the screen.

or a=[4*(b+1)]^.5 Dammit couldn't help it

If he's from Wake Forest, the answer is: Major in business and hire some accountant to do math for you. You've got golf to play!
Rodents of Unusual Size
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