Math with Magic Matz

Posted Weeks of October 6 - 19, 1997

There can be:

Two red and one green (even).

Two green (either both odd or both even) and one red.

One blue, one green (odd), and one red.Some of you noticed that the question didn't properly indicate that there are numerous possible solutions.

Gary Treanor, of Clevedon Community School near Bristol, UK, starts Minus off with this little appetizer. Special thanks to David Emmerson who helped Gary submit this tasty treat.

Gary told me that the cards must be as follows: red 14, blue 15 and green 3.

Jeffrey W. Schwartz points out that the ingredients for this week's challenge were somewhat "spoiled". Nevertheless, he still managed to whipped up a delicious entree for our mascot. Thanks for keeping Minus in line!

in the current math challenge (math with magic matz), i believe that there may be a typo or at least a vague rendition. you state that there are two green cards in the first sentence. three sentences later, you state that "the value of the green card is..." which leads me to ask, "which of the green cards--does this mean both green cards contain a value less than the other 3 cards or does it mean that the lowest value of all five happens to be a green card?" either way i can come up with at least two logically consistent solutions, which leads me to believe there is an error. what do you think?(one possible solution either way is: 7g, 11b, 14r

and a second possible solution either way is: 9g, 11b, 12r)

Erin [pearsej1@mlc.wa.edu.au]

Here is my answer to the maths challenge that I willingly tried to work out for you.There is one red card that has the value of 12, one blue card that has the value of 7, and one green card that has the value of 13. Just before I go, I think there is a mistake in the paragraph that confused everyone a bit; the blue card must be less than the values of the red and and green cards as there was only one blue card and two green cards! These numbers now add up to 32.See-ya and thanks,

Erin

Karina [karelkm1@mlc.wa.edu.au] submitted another gem from the land down-under. It's only natural that all the smart shark-feeders come from Australia!

There is one red card which has a value of 14, one blue card which has a value of 3 ( by the way I thought that a mistake was made in the question as I think the value of the blue card must be less than the values of the red and green cards as there was only one blue card and two green cards!) and one green card with the value of 15. This adds up to 32.Bye and Thanks,

Karina.

Iaeger Intermediate School turns out some mighty fine side-dish chefs. Carla Addair, Darlene Blankenship, Kimberly Bevill, Bobby Mitchem, Ryan Rowe, Amanda Roope, Chris Justice, Allison Ciampanella, Chelsey Birchfield, and Steve Brant

red-14 blue-15 green-3

Not to be out-done, Bridget Fuller, Shvaughn Justice, and Lisa Looney from Iaeger Intermediate School tempted Minus with their spicy side-dish:

red-14 red-14 green-4

David Green doesn't think the same as his colleagues from Iaeger Intermediate School. He added a touch of chili to his side-dish.

red-14 red-10 green-8

this week. Hmm...not bad!

Let's go for four next!