Sometimes you hear grown-ups say, “I wish there were more hours in the day,” because they can’t finish everything they have to get done before bedtime. Well, just tell them to move to the planet Venus, where the days are really, really long. Click “Read More” to find out just how long a day on Venus is in Earth time – and do the space time math!
When you mail a letter, you tell the post office where it’s going by writing the address: the street name and (building) number, the city, and the state. But big cities handling mail for lots of people have to split it into smaller batches, using ZIP codes. Some people are even important enough to have their very own zip code! Click “Read More” to do the zippy math.
When a car zooms down the street too fast, that driver had better hope no police are watching, or they’ll give him a speeding ticket: a fine that speeders have to pay as punishment. But what happens to the money from the ticket? Click “Read More” to find out one guy’s idea of how to get people to drive better – and do the speedy math!
Today is the 4th day of the 8th month of 2014 – that’s a lot of fours, isn’t it? And 4 is a pretty cool number. Click “Read More” to find out some cool facts about the number 4, and do the math!
Note: As we do for religious holidays, in honor of this month we’re providing a second extra math problem about Ramadan, for those who celebrate or would like to learn more about it. Click “Read More” to do the math. Enjoy!
We love it when people find simple, clever tricks to solve silly problems. These tricks, or “hacks,” use stuff that’s just lying around the house in ways you’d never expect. Click “Read More” for some of these clever hacks, and see how doing the math can help, too!
It’s pretty easy to measure how tall you are: from the floor to the top of your head, no shoes allowed. But it’s a little more difficult to measure buildings: do you count up to the top floor? Or is it to the tippy top of the antenna? Click “Read More” to count your way to the top!
Getting gasoline for your car is pretty easy. But how does the gas get to that hose in the first place? Click “Read More” to find out and do the math behind gas!
It’s fun to eat at a restaurant, since each person can choose anything he’d like from the menu. And that matters a lot if your dog is coming along, too. At some restaurants in the U.S., there’s no need to bring home a doggy bag for your pooch – they’re allowed to come with you. Click “Read More” to chew on some numbers behind these doggy dinner hot spots.
Of all the clocks in the world, the most famous might be Big Ben. It’s also the biggest clock, as you can guess from the name, and rests inside one of the tallest clock towers. All of this adds up for some great math! Click “Read More” and take some time to do the math.