Okay. My notes and referencing is taking in a whole new level. As well as notes on paper with a few sticky notes tabbed on…..now I am adding in micro-crib notes on to the periphery of publisher….I suppose it saves on stickies everywhere…
We’re getting close. Very close. Here are some hints and answers to yesterday’s numbers. Can anyone solve any of them? Let us know here or on Twitter @GiantChalkboard.
CL: Only 3-digit interstate with no parent interstate CM: Number of the longest US interstate highway CN: 1942; Year of the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction CO: Atomic number of fermium CP: Anyone knows how this number relates to ENIAC? CQ: Weight of the first car phone to the nearest pound CR: The year patent no. 2473288 was filed CS: Years ago railroads instituted standard US time zones CT: 19; Parameters in the standard model of particle physics CU: 1986; Last time we saw Halley’s Comet CV: Any guess as to the meaning of this? (Hint: Look up!) CW: Constitutional Article that establishes executive branch CX: Jurisdictions in the electoral college CY: Votes for Washington, DC in electoral college CZ: Amendment that gave them those votes DA: Amendment defining the system DB: Number of US Presidents *Bonus: What does the total of everything in the parentheses represent? DC: Have time to figure out the meaning behind this? DD: Number of whole days it takes to travel around the sun DE: Any numbers masters know how this relates to one of the earliest attempts to give meanings to numbers? DF: Not going too fast for you, are we? DG: Value of p that generates the largest known Mersenne prime DH: It’s not the answer to this equation, but maybe it’s the answer to something else. DI: 65,535; Any programmers out there? DJ: Know how this relates to the 1758 edition of Systema Nocturae? DK: Or this? DL: Or this? DM: Birth year of 1 of 3 founding fathers of botany DN: Birth year of 1 of 3 founding fathers of botany DO: Birth year of 1 of 3 founding fathers of botany DP: Year of declaration that the azoic zone does not exist sparks that 20 year debate DQ: Know how this relates to that debate? DR: We’re knot telling on this one. Any guesses? DS: What about on this one? DT: 134,217,728; Sum of numbers in the 27th row of Pascal’s triangle DU: Original mission length of Spirit Mars Exploration Rover (in days) DV: Total distance the Spirit Mars Exploration Rover traveled DW: 1897; All this math giving you a headache? See if you can figure out what happened in this year. DX: Number of planets we call home
Day two has taken us on quite a journey, so here’s a recap of some things you may have missed along the way. Any answers out there to some of the remaining questions? Any ideas on where we’re headed today or our final destination?
Remember, the more we talk together, the more we solve together. So let hear your answers here, or on Twitter @GiantChalkboard!
AQ: The speed of sound in dry air at 20 deg C (343.2 m/s) rounded to the nearest __________ per ____________. AR: 5660; What element’s boiling point is this? AS/AT: Four score and seven (years ago). AU: Largest known Fermat prime…but what’s the number? AV: Anyone know whose molar mass this is? AW: Patents owned by the inventor of the lightbulb. Aardvark93, you’re on a roll. AX: Companies founded by this inventor AY: Number of kids he fathered AZ: Percent perspiration BA: He was the youngest of this many kids BB: His date of birth BC: His month of birth *Bonus Number: the sum of everything in the parentheses is the year he perfect the incandescent lightbulb BD: 174465; This number relates to an invention…ring any bells? BE: If you’ve figured out the last one, do you know how this one is related as well? BF: Even Giant Chalkboards have senses of humor. BG: Year Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica was published BH: Year Foundation of General Theory of Relativity was published BI: Publication of Principia Mathematica (Thanks for the help on the last three, Ted Stevko) BJ: Some people want this number to change, but we think it’s perfect. BK: Know how this number relates to the largest known protein? BL: 120; Number of columns in the Temple of Artemis BM: While we’re talking architecture…any guesses? BN: 1729; Hardy-Ramanujan number BO: 1729; Any astronomers known what happened in this year? BP: This math bringing a storm cloud to your day? The answer is also the factorial of the highest number on the Beaufort Scale. BQ: 11232; Patent number for bromine extraction BR: 35; Any guesses? (Hint: see above) BS: Year of the first successful self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft takes flight BT: Anyone know how this relates to this flight? BU: 6*28*496; Know what these 3 numbers have in common? BV: 608,845; Patent number of the Diesel engine BW: Open up those high school textbooks for this one BX: 1897; The year the electron was discovered BY: Kaprekar’s Constant BZ: 137; years ago QWERTY was created CA: Anyone know what this number translates to and why it’s important? (Hint: It’s in binary) CB: 6th Fibonacci Prime CC: Atomic number of what element? CD: Lifespan (in days) of its female namesake CE: Miles to the moon CF: While we’re speaking of the moon… CG: Anyone decode this number as it relates to the topic at hand? CH: Crew members on the lunar module CI: Grown any tissue recently? CJ: 3,488,372; The approximate number of dollar bills stacked to reach the height of this Wonder of the Modern World CK: 8,589,869,056; Sixth perfect number
Hope you’re all rested and ready for another day of solving! In case you’re curious about yesterday’s expressions, here are some of the numbers and what they represent:
A: Length of the side of the Pyramid of Giza (Nice work, Aardvark93!) B: 1054; the year Crab Nebula was first observed C: While we’re talking nebulae, any idea what this is? D: The year the first university was founded E: 1215; Break out that history book! F: 1776; Know this one? G: Natural resonance frequency of cesium H: While we’re on atomic clocks, any idea what this means? I: Accuracy of current clock is to approx 1 second in this many years J: Atomic no. of cesium
K: 1455; first printing of the Gutenberg Bible L: 1971; first perfected laser printer (prints 2 pages/second!) M: 131071; Sixth Mersenne Prime N: 1492; Year the “ocean blue” was sailed O: degrees C water boils P: degrees F water boils Q: 1543; “On the Revolutions of Celestial Orbs” published R: 1632; “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems” published S: Years BCE the Rosetta Stone was created T: Total dots in the Morse Code alphabet U: While we’re talking language, any ideas? V: Cells for dots in Braille letters W: Last two digits of the year Aspects of the Theory of Syntax published X: Dewey Decimal System series for science Y: Main classes in the Dewey Decimal System Z: Any guesses? AA: Year of the first library school AB: Revisions of the Dewey Decimal System to date AC: First public library founded in England AD: Century BCE Marcellinus wrote of destruction of the Library of Alexandria AE: Number of steps in the world’s largest Rube Goldberg machine AF: Year the first vaccine was tested AG: Seen this number before? AH: Calculation of ounces of blood/hr that led to theory of blood circulation AI: Century BCE Hippocratic Oath created AJ: Number of weeks on vacation for Penicillin to be created AK: Volume of US Supreme Court Case containing Dent v. West Virginia AL: 1831; year HMS Beagle departed on its famous voyage AM: 1859; year On the Origin of Species was published AN: Minimum hours it took to complete Stonehenge AO: Circles in Stonehenge AP: 17; Feller number (Nothing random about this one.)
Did you know any of these numbers or their significance? Tell us about it here, or on Twitter @GiantChalkboard, and we’ll give you credit!
Don’t forget to keep the discussion going about today’s new additions (and subtractions, multiplications, and divisions…) to the equation!