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Old 03-06-2009, 12:05 PM   #1
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Friday's Question of the day 3/6/09

So, the next would be 12?
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:30 PM   #2
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Depends on what base you are in. At any rate, you forgot the "/".
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:31 PM   #3
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True, it could be 10.
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:31 PM   #4
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Or 11.

Excuse me, /11.

If it's in base 11.
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:36 PM   #5
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I had to learn base 16 for a math class many moons ago. Retained that bit of useful info barely long enough to pass the test! So far, it's never come up again.

It was a "history of math" type of class, and you need base 16 to read ancient Persian cunieform clay tablets with daily inventories on it.
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:52 PM   #6
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Leave it to the Persians to be difficult. I wonder what-all they used to count on to come up with sixteen? Let's see: Ten fingers, unless you don't count the thumbs; ten toes, unless you don't count... no, they're all toes, so unless you had some cut off by a Spartan... or, maybe they used dance steps...
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So, the next would be 12?
This something to do with read a book week?
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:05 PM   #8
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So, it's 10 base 12, 11 base 11, and 12 base 10, and c base anything beyond that. Base nine is right out!
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This something to do with read a book week?
No, that's March 8-14... which would be 8-12 base 12, 8-13 base 11, 8-15 base 9, 10-14 base 8, and 11-20 base 7...

Base 10 is okay, if you want to be pedantic about it.
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Leave it to the Persians to be difficult. I wonder what-all they used to count on to come up with sixteen? Let's see: Ten fingers, unless you don't count the thumbs; ten toes, unless you don't count... no, they're all toes, so unless you had some cut off by a Spartan... or, maybe they used dance steps...
If I remember, 16 was some sort of holy number or something. Honestly, I'm surprised I've remembered this much of the class. And the writing is triangles based on arrangments of lines, so maybe (left leaning triangle pointing down) might represent 2. Something complicated along those lines. So the test would have questions like (left leaning triangle pointing down + left leaning triangle pointing right) = _________ in base 16, which is _________ in base 8, which is __________ in base 10.

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If I remember, 16 was some sort of holy number or something. Honestly, I'm surprised I've remembered this much of the class. And the writing is triangles based on arrangments of lines, so maybe (left leaning triangle pointing down) might represent 2. Something complicated along those lines. So the test would have questions like (left leaning triangle pointing down + left leaning triangle pointing right) = _________ in base 16, which is _________ in base 8, which is __________ in base 10.

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I... probably played hooky that day.
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If I remember, 16 was some sort of holy number or something. Honestly, I'm surprised I've remembered this much of the class. And the writing is triangles based on arrangments of lines, so maybe (left leaning triangle pointing down) might represent 2. Something complicated along those lines. So the test would have questions like (left leaning triangle pointing down + left leaning triangle pointing right) = _________ in base 16, which is _________ in base 8, which is __________ in base 10.

I passed. Barely.
I didn't know that. Computer programming would be a lot easier if we would have stuck with the Persian system. They were way ahead of their time.
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