>Math Word Problem


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Can you believe I’m still working on the same section of this beaded trolley?? I wanted to be done with this yesterday, but no such luck. I guess my mind works faster than my beading needle does…

Anyways, here’s one for all you MIT Mathematics majors out there. I’m stitching 5 white seed beads at a time. When strung, five Czech seed beads measure approx. 0.25″… I’ve already stitched approx. 9 horizontal rows at 16″ apiece, and 45 vertical rows (in between the windows) at 1″ apiece, and 21 vertical rows at 1.25″ apiece. The empty space I need to finish beading measures approx. 14″ long by 3/8″ at the center (please refer to the photo). Calculate that, then tell me how many white seed beads I will have stitched by the time I am finished with this section of my beaded trolley car… And, if you happen to get that right, I believe there will be a keg with your name on it somewhere in the dorm later tonight… 😉

(No cheating, and I don’t want to see any smoke coming out of your adding machines, either…LOL)

14 thoughts on “>Math Word Problem

  1. >Wow. I am impressed! :DBut, actually, I finished that section tonight, and the blank space was only about 3 rows which decreased at each end. The beads measure less in thickness (when strung) than they do in diameter… I honestly think this is impossible to figure out without counting…and there’s no way I’m doing that! 😉

  2. >I miscalculated the empty space earlier, my new answer is 6405, but again thats assuming you have 7.5 rows in the empty space, which is unlikely, you either have 7 or 8 rows, so it’s either 6,545 beads if it’s 8 rows or 6,265 if its 7. (16 x 20 x 9)+(45×20)+(21×25)+(14 x 20 x 7.5)=2880 + 900 + 525 + 2100 = 6405 plus or minus 140. I was in bed when the mistake came to me. This answer might require 2 guiness, (ps the trolley’s looking awesome) 🙂

  3. >Couldn’t even think of a solution — I just finished reading David Baldacci’s SIMPLE GENIUS — all about numbers, genius mathematicians, etc. However, in MHO, another great book by Baldacci. I love the way this is coming along — your backgrounds as you show the progress make it so very real.

  4. >LOL. Good answers! Just thought I’d stump you with that one… However, I think Micon has come very close to figuring it out! And, a Guinness sounds great – thanks for stoppin by! 😀

  5. >I came up with 4410, but I believe it’s a trick question. If 5 beads go into 0.25″ evenly then that would mean 7 and 1/2 would go into 3/8″ (or 0.375) I don’t think you cut the beads in half, but I’ll go with 4410 white beads. If I’m correct i think a keg is a little too much but I’ll gladly take a guinness on you one of of these nights. 🙂 See ya soon.

  6. >hahahaha, I think you’ve forgotten that we are all artists and it’s not about the math, it’s about the creation!!!!(besides, the mere idea of calculating that hurts my head, never mind actually doing it!)Cheers, Denise

  7. >Well, my answer is simple, you’ll use enough to cover it the way you want to. What about second rows on top? That would change the number and the count. I’m just not going to do this today. But, the car is looking good–trolley car that is!

  8. >This really takes me back…to a time when i was beading for hours and hours on end each day, and every single night I would dream of counting beads. I thought I was going insane..hahaha!If I make the slightest attempt to do the math I just know I’ll be counting beads again in my sleep for the next 6 weeks 😉

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