August 30, 2007

What You Know About Math?

August 28, 2007

Palindromic Numbers?

"Did you know that if you multiply 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 that the answer is consecutive? Try it and then check the answer to see what happens.

Explanation: in a mathematical context a palindrome is a number that reads the same in either a forward or backward direction. In other words a palindrome (or palindromic number) is equal to its reverse. Thus for example 1331 is a palindrome."

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Calculate more Curious Math:

11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10 = 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

7 x 7 = 49
67 x 67 = 4489
667 x 667 = 444889
6667 x 6667 = 44448889
66667 x 66667 = 4444488889
666667 x 666667 = 444444888889
6666667 x 6666667 = 44444448888889

and so on

4 x 4 = 16
34 x 34 = 1156
334 x 334 = 111556
3334 x 3334 = 11115556
33334 x 33334 = 1111155556

3 x 37 = 111 and 1 + 1 + 1 = 3
6 x 37 = 222 and 2 + 2 + 2 = 6
9 x 37 = 333 and 3 + 3 + 3 = 9
12 x 37 = 444 and 4 + 4 + 4 = 12
15 x 37 = 555 and 5 + 5 + 5 = 15
18 x 37 = 666 and 6 + 6 + 6 = 18
21 x 37 = 777 and 7 + 7 + 7 = 21
24 x 37 = 888 and 8 + 8 + 8 = 24
27 x 37 = 999 and 9 + 9 + 9 = 27

Even more Curious Math

1 X 9 = 09 = 0 + 9 = 9
2 X 9 = 18 = 1 + 8 = 9
3 X 9 = 27 = 2 + 7 = 9
4 X 9 = 36 = 3 + 6 = 9
5 X 9 = 45 = 4 + 5 = 9
6 X 9 = 54 = 5 + 4 = 9
7 X 9 = 63 = 6 + 3 = 9
8 X 9 = 72 = 7 + 2 = 9
10 X 9 = 90 = 9 + 0 = 9

The magical number is
9.

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Search Mathematics in the library catalog and find math games, algebra, graphic methods, hyperspace, numerals, geometry, fractions...

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Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?

A. One thousand

August 26, 2007

The Square of the Hypotenuse




Time = 2:02
Danny Kaye!!! Music by Saul Chaplin, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, directed and choreographed by Michael Kidd. From "Merry Andrew" in 1958.

You may recognize this funny man's voice from your childhood. Danny Kaye sang Inchworm and other familiar tunes on children's recordings. He also portrayed Hans Christian Andersen. Want to know in how many movies Danny Kaye has performed?



Read about this whacky comedian in The Secret Life of Danny Kaye by Michael Freedland

"Life a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can."-- Danny Kaye

August 25, 2007

Math murmurings


The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
"Annoyed with his math teacher who assigns word problems and won't let him use a calculator, twelve-year-old Robert finds help from the number devil in his dreams." This books was on the middle school
Battle of the Books challenge last year. Read this famous Bavarian author’s (poet, translator, editor...) new name for prime numbers. They are personified as prima donnas. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. 2002, pronunciation and definition of prima donna: (pree-muh, prim-uh DON-uh) A vain and overly sensitive person who is temperamental and difficult to work with: "That Jenkins girl is a good gymnast, but she certainly is a prima donna." In opera, prima donna is the principal female soloist. From Italian, meaning "first lady." Did this author write the book to confuse and make people hate math? One reader said she would "read a whole page and think, ‘wait, what just happened?’" Try this book and decipher this unusual topic and writing style. See what else Cedar Lee, Auburn, Taylor, and Warrenton Middle School students will be reading for the Battle of the Books this year. (For more information about America's Battle of the Books, a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 4-12, check out http://www.battleofthebooks.org/.)

"Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother." As this mystery becomes ordered, can you decipher the excellent drawings as well?


The Only Math Book You'll Ever Need by Stanley Kogelman and Barbara R. Heller
"The math contained in taxes, banking, loans, and encountered in restaurants, boutiques, travel, hobbies, gambling, and home improvement is presented for the non-math person, you and me." Share this with family and enjoy mathematics together.

Quick and Easy Math by Isaac Asimov
"Describes shortcuts to use in solving problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, and fractions." Anything from this famous brain must be good!

August 21, 2007

Closure

Yesterday I spotted you hangin' out with someone new
Come on, dude, I can't believe who
Did it hurt, oh yes it hurt, but not as much as
I thought it would
I'm getting closer
Closer to closure
I finally took your pictures down and all that
other stuff I found
Hidden somewhere in my closet
I used to wear your shirt to bed
But now it's in the trash instead
I don't wanna be reminded. No, no.
I'm getting closer
Closer to closure
Every day's closer
Closer to closure
I saw you today takin' my breath away
But then you opened your mouth without thinking
And then I recalled why I ended it all
And it makes me feel good about leaving
My instincts tell me that you're having doubts
Why would you doubt me?
Someone like you should be lovin' me true
And not thinkin' of what it will cost you.
You've been hangin' out with them so long
That some of them has rubbed off on you
Now you're careful around me for some reason.

Written by an anonymous Bealeton visitor

August 19, 2007

Dates gone very wrong...


Inexcusable by Chris Lynch

Keir Sarafian loves Gigi Boudakian.
He’s a good guy.
Do good guys rape?

"High school senior and football player Keir sets out to enjoy himself on graduation night, but when he attempts to comfort a friend whose date has left her stranded, things go terribly wrong."

Riveting.

Read an interview with Chris Lynch.


Twisted by Laure Halse Anderson

Meet the characters from Twisted:

Tyler Miller
Dopey, Toothless, and Joe building maintenance who mandated "hard labor [which] turned me from Nerd Boy into Tyler the Amazing Hulk, with ripped muscles and enough testosterone to power a nuclear generator."
"Meet my father: Corporate Tool."
"Yoda" Calvin Hodges
Bethany Milbury
Chip
Principal Hughes

Then there was the "Foul Deed." What would you do if a girl accused you of rape?

Add in Tophet, a computer game. Tyler must "survive through the sixty-six Levels of Torment... Escape to Heaven or descend to the Final Pit and be crowned the Lord of Darkness."
Recognize Faust or Paradise Lost (or Paradise Lost) or Crime and Punishment? Who said games can't save you from a reality worse than death. Just ask Dante.

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AARDVARC: An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection

Surviving to Thriving: Healing and Hope for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Resources link includes survivor sites and organizations.

August 16, 2007

Biography link is on the QT

Did you read the featured life of the day from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography? Meet Charlotte Louisa Collins:

"A smart and stylish girl you see
The belle of good society
Fond of fun as fond could be
When it's on the strict QT."

But what does QT mean? Or, what did it mean before it meant "cutie" on T-shirts today? Read word origins for a surprise.

August 15, 2007

Protect yourself


Do you know who you are?
Are you me?
Who am I?
Am I you?
What was the question?

Read about how to protect yourself from Identity Theft with help from the library!

August 13, 2007

Bealeton poet's response to Two Chinese Guys

Written by Kumogoro (pseudonym)

we speak all these languages -
know all the sounds,
we can sing a thousand songs
in a thousand tongues
in a thousand sounds
in one place.
our place. our little place.

we grew up together as one -
can't tear us apart,
we do all these things for fun,
for laughs
and gags
and rainy days that last forever
we pass by. in a flash.

him and me - me and him
we're now online - WOW!
just for fun -
people know our names -
know our faces, too
famous?
know us?
him or me?
me or him?

it started as fun.
now who are we?
we only lipsynch to be us -
the took it for real
we took it for granted
what happened?
we're on TV.
we're on live!

we speak these languages -
know all the sounds,
we can sing a thousand songs
in a thousand tongues
in a thousand sounds
in one place
our place.

we sit now...
in our place -
still our place...just bigger.

August 8, 2007

Two Chinese Boys sing

Two Chinese Boys: dadada
time = 1:45


MouthSounds: How to Whistle, Pop, Boing, and Honk for all Occassions-- and Then Some by Fred Newman
Can you make faces and unusual sounds like these two famous Chinese boys from YouTube? Check out this book for explicit instructions to make "sounds and special effects, including how to create sounds for vocal characters, animals, musical instruments, and street noises, along with tips for actors, musicians, and puppeteers" using only your vocal chords and mouth. There's an accompanying CD for a complete auditory experience. Now you are ready to test out the "Nose Whistle," "Helicopter," Peacock Wail," "Spinning Tires," "Cell Phone Ring," "Star Trek Doors," "Fizzle Razz," "Sirens and Alarms," and even "Stomach Growls." Good luck and don't scare too many of your friends!


If you are interested in learning more of the foreign language the Two Chinese Boys sang, check out these books and audio selections at the library: German.

August 6, 2007

O.E.D. vocabulary resounds

Peal, v.

To sound forth in a peal; to resound.
1910, H. H. Richardson (pseudonym of Edith F. L. Robertson) - "A great bell clanged through the house, pealing on and on, long after one's ears were rasped by the din."

To sound (something) forth in a peal, to produce (a sound, etc.) with loud reverberation; to utter or proclaim loudly and sonorously. Freq. with out.
1887, translation of Virgil - "Loud thunder is pealed from the skies."

To cause (a bell, etc.) to sound loudly; to ring (a bell) in peals.
1904, Henry James - "You keep pealing all the bells to drown my voice."

To assail (the ears, or a person) with loud noise, clamour, etc.
1641, Milton - "They...never lin pealing our eares that unlesse we fat them like boores"

August 3, 2007

Don't Incubate Random Eggs



A brief time-lapse film
time= 2:19

The author of this video writes, "When I find an egg in the deepest wilderness, I decide I must hatch it and free the creature inside."

Perhaps you may want to handle your "splat egg" (from the Summer Reading Program's teen prizes) with care. Who knows what might be lurking inside it. Grow or splat it if you dare.

August 1, 2007

Birthday and Love poems (acrostic)

Birds are circling overhead

Indifferent to the life below them
Ritual dance in the sky
To bring life to their nest.
Happenings go on everyday
Days and days go past
And the eggs begin to hatch
Young birds learning how to fly.

(photo from http://southessexwildlife.org/Archived_Updates/archived_updates.html)
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Big girl
in
the
right
time
has a
day of
awesomeness,
Yay!

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Love has a kiss
On each and everyday
Very awesome
Every time

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Amazing she's 13
Nahh...
God's will
Everyday
Love

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Birthdays of
Indians are
Rough
To
Hot
Dinosaurs
After
Yucky cake.

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Bob's
Idiotic
Rally
Truck
Has
Drums
At
Yesterday


(photo from http://www.neatorama.com/2006/07/19/weird-world-records/)
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Born in the morning
Inside a bright hospital
Right in summertime
The finest time of
Heat on a
Dreamy day
And boy, oh, boy was I
Young and new then.

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Blustery bold
Indigo institution
Rough roads riding right
There to the
Hospital. Hopeful
Dads dancing
And always
Yelling, "Yay!"

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All of these poems were written at the Bealeton Library Teen Coffee House.