The Math Entertainer No. 1: Quickies

I obtained a book a few years back from Crazy Mike’s Crazy Emporium, that was once located at what is now Sig’s Lagoon.

This 1959 book was written by Philip Heafford, Department of Education, University of Oxford: The Math Entertainer. His goal, from his introduction seems extremely optimistic. To entertain enjoyers of mathematics, but also to interest those who think they don’t like math.

(As a side note, this book was a gift to someone from Aunt Thelma and Uncle Nolen in 1974.)

The book contains 50 quizzes. And here, throwing copyright to the wind (that discussion for another day – and if the author would like me to remove this post, he need only ask), is the first quiz.

How many can you get? (feel free to post a reply) I got maybe half of them, maybe less.

Quiz No. 1: Quickies

Do these numbers ring a bell? For instance, the number 365 would mean only one thing to me, and that is the number of days a year. Ask someone to test you with this quiz. Six seconds for each question. How many can you get right in the time limit of two minutes for all the questions?

  1. 1,760
  2. 2,000
  3. 4,840
  4. 640
  5. 1.732
  6. 2.54
  7. 3.1416 . . .
  8. 366
  9. .3010
  10. 1492
  11. .4771
  12. .4971
  13. 1.6
  14. 1.414
  15. 1,728
  16. 3-4-5
  17. 6,080
  18. 62½
  19. 90
  20. 88

The answers, who got them, and my thoughts will follow (at some point).