Monday, December 8, 2008

Have you ever wanted to vaporize your math teacher?

I stumbled upon a popular childrens book The Lightening Thief, by Rick Riordan. The first chapter caught my attention. It is titled 'I accidently vaporized my Prealgebra teacher'. I know what you're thinking--not cool. But we've all been there. Care to see how it's done, buy the book, or even better listen to Riordan read it on his site.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just a favorite problem... Thought the "pig roast" was my favorite, but decided on Warren the Welder:
Warren has 3 sheets of tin 36x36. He wishes to make some boxes by cutting equal corners from all sheets. He folds up the sides to form "open top" boxes. Being frugal, he decides to weld the 12 squares into two cubes. How should he do this to maximize the total volume?