## [lit-ideas] Re: Don't Laugh (Math)

• From: Erin Holder <erin.holder@xxxxxxxxxxx>
• To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
• Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 17:24:19 -0400

```I knew the answer was 81 because I finally got pissed off and checked the back
of the book, if you must know : )

Erin
TO

Quoting JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx:

> How do you know the answer is 81 if you don't know how to get it?
>
> I never had a head for math -- my last math course was in 7th grade algebra
>
> and it was the only "C" I got in my life.  I suspect the hospital of
> switching babies on me -- my 14 yr old 9th grader is taking pre-calc, getting
>
> straight "A"s, and understands how to use one of those bizarre \$150 IT
> calculators.
> I told her from the get-go, "If you have trouble with your  Math homework
> don't even ask me.".
>
> I wonder what it would like to have the math gene......
>
> Julie Krueger
> heavily reliant on standard calculators that add, subtract, multiply,
> divide, and figure percentages (and the last one's kinda tricky).  And no,
> I'm not
> retarded.  At least not officially.
>
> ========Original Message========     Subj: [lit-ideas] Don't Laugh (Math)
> Date: 6/23/06 2:36:50 P.M. Central Daylight Time  From:
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> OK, who can explain to me how to solve  this:
>
> If     x^2+2xy+y^2 = 9       then   (x+y)^4 = ?
>
> I know the answer is "81", I just don't  know how to get it.  It's starting
>
> to
> frustrate me.  I haven't  done this stuff in almost ten years, and I can't
> for
> the life of me remember  how to go about it (although I seem to be getting
> the
> hang of some of the  other ones...?)
>
>
> Erin
> TO
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>
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