# NQOTW

## Grouped Data: Open-ended Classes?

(A new question of the week) A recent question raised a different issue about grouped frequency distributions than we have discussed previously: What do you do when the last class is labelled something like “30 or more”? As we’ll see, there is no one right answer! An open question Here is the initial question, which …

## Translating a Curve: Multiple Methods

(A new question of the week) Today we’ll look at a problem that puts a little twist on the basic idea of translating a graph. The focus is on finding alternate approaches to the problem, which is an important skill in problem solving. The problem The question came, as many of our most interesting questions …

## The Art of Proving Trig Identities

(A new question of the week) Last week we looked at a recent question about basic trigonometric equations. That discussion continued into the subject of identities, which we’ll look at here. We’ll be sitting in on an extended chat about many important aspects of this kind of work. It’s still very long, even after extensive …

## Trigonometric Equations: An Overview

(A new question of the week) This week and next I will look at a recent discussion on trigonometry that dug deep into two different issues: solving equations, and proving identities. These are good summaries of how to approach these common kinds of problems. This week: solving basic trig equations. Questions about trig functions Here …

## A Rational Inequality with Huge Exponents

When a challenging type of problem is written with unexpectedly large numbers, it can look impossible. Today’s discussion illustrates how to get past the hurdles. The problem The problem came from Arsh in April: Q) [x((x+5)^2016)((x-3)^2017)((6-x) ^1231)]/((x-2)^10000)((x+1)^2015)((4-x)^242) ≥ 0 Since our site doesn’t yet allow LaTeX formatting, and Arsh chose not to insert the problem …

## Ranking a Word Among Its Permutations

(A new question of the week) There are some topics that appear to be standard in certain parts of the world, but far less familiar in our own. Sometimes it takes two of us to recognize what a student is asking, due to language issues and different past experience with such questions. This is an …

## Arranging Letters with Duplicates

(A new question of the week) Here is a recent discussion with a frequent user of our service, Kurisada, about combinatorics. He is new to the subject, so this involved several introductions to new ideas. Arranging 8 letters, 2 identical There are 8 letters : A, B, H, N, O, S, U, U I was …

## Circumcircles and the Law of Sines

(A new question of the week) Today I want to look at a recent question that led into both geometrical and trigonometrical solutions, and particularly a useful perspective on the Law of Sines. The problem Here is the question, from March: A quadrilateral ABCD is put inside a circle with radius 1. AB = √3, …

## Non-routine Algebra Problems

(A new problem of the week) Last week I mentioned “non-routine problems” in connection with the idea of “guessing” at a method. Let’s look at a recent discussion in which the same issues came up. How do you approach a problem when you have no idea where to start? We’ll consider some interesting implications for …

## Triangles in a Circle: Two Methods

(A new question of the week) Last week we looked at a question about a triangle inscribed in a semicircle. Not long after that question, the same student, Kurisada, asked a question about triangle inscribed in a circle, which had some connections to the other. As we enjoy doing, we led the student through several …