# Month: August 2021

## A Triangle Problem: With Trig, and Without

(A new question of the week) When you are given a problem about a triangle, there can be many ways to approach it: pure geometry, trigonometry, and analytic geometry come to mind. When the context doesn’t dictate a method (as turns out to be true here), you just have to try what feels right to …

## Average Distance Between Two Sets of Points

(A new question of the week) Here we have a different kind of question than usual: A conjecture about distances between points, with a request for confirmation. Normally we like to just give hints to help a student figure something out; this was a request for a theorem that ought to exist, and trying to …

## Two Word Problems About Factors and Sums

(A new question of the week) A couple recent questions involved factoring numbers, in interesting ways. One involves the volume and perimeter of a block of cubes, and the other involves finding numbers with a given HCF (Highest Common Factor) and sum. Both illustrate thinking through a non-routine problem about factors.

## Multiplication, Division, and Powers of Ten

(A new question of the week) We’ve looked in the past at place values, but here we’ll see some tricks for doing multiplication and division with both decimals and large numbers by moving the decimal point around. The first question is primarily a matter of arithmetic, then the second extends it to the algebraic concept …