Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pop Culture Math! #2: You must show your work.

Hi! This is the second full week of new games here on ye olde blogge. What say you?

The name of the game is POP CULTURE MATH. Take the fun of reminiscing about the TV shows, movies, hit songs, and games you loved growing up, and add it to the non-stop excitement of story problems, and you've got POP CULTURE MATH.

This week's story problem is, I think, of average difficulty.

How To Play
  1. Solve the word problem.
  2. YOU MUST SHOW YOUR WORK. (At least numbers, like 288 - 36 + 6 - 36 - 6 - 99 - 93 = 24.)
  3. Once you've figured out the solution, submit your answer to the questions at the end -- including showing your work -- as a comment here on the blog.
  4. Standard rules apply: Judge's decision final, have fun, blah blah blah. In this case, however, my leniency as a judge will not apply. The answer must be correct in POP CULTURE MATH.
  5. I'll accept comment-entries until Friday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. The first person to enter the correct answer, wins! You can submit your comment-entry starting at 7:00pm EDT tonight, but I'll wait until after the deadline to approve/post any comments.

You may enter as often as you like -- like, if you're not exactly sure of the answer -- but each comment/entry will be counted independent of your other entries; so if you get the answer right in one entry but wrong in another, it only counts as correct in the one you got it right in. (Got that?) If you're reading this on Facebook, go to the blog: to play the game and enter your comment/entry. Only entries on the blog count!

OK, here we go:
Phillip Drummond just built a new luxury apartment building. And he needs help selling the apartments.

The building has a number of floors equal to the number of children Steven and Elyse Keaton have, multiplied by the number of children Howard and Marion Cunningham have, multiplied by the number of children Ward and June Cleaver have. Each floor has a number of apartments equal to Peyton Manning's jersey number minus the number of erogenous zones Monica Geller once mapped out for Chandler Bing.

To help sell the apartments, Donald Trump lends Mr. Drummond his former Celebrity Apprentice winners. Drummond divides all the apartments in his building equally among the Celebrity Apprentice winners, for them to sell. He promises them that whoever sells all their apartments first will earn a commission, while the others will earn nothing. The commission is equal to the number of apartments the winner sells, multiplied by the number of Grammy Awards Bobby McFerrin has won, multiplied by the total amount wagered by Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer in the Seinfeld episode, "The Contest."

The one whose last name comes last alphabetically sold all of his or her apartments first.

Who sold all their apartments first, how many apartments did they sell, and how much was their total commission?

The Grand Prize -- Normally there will be one, I think.

This is only the second week of POP CULTURE MATH. If I get feedback that this is kind of fun, and I decide to do it on a weekly basis* like the Song! Challenge!, then I'll start giving out prizes. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section -- like, if this is fun or not. I figure it's something to do for the people who aren't into music but who want to play along.

And hey! If you'd like to participate as a prize sponsor by donating a prize valued at $10 or more, please e-mail me at SSSemester(at)yahoo(dot)com.

(Almost) Everybody "Wins"

Again, if this takes off, maybe I'll also have an (Almost) Everybody "Wins" prize, too.

* It's looking like the following schedule will be my plan for a while:
Sunday: MicroscoPICS
Tuesday: Parts of Speech
Thursday: Pop Culture Math
Saturday: Song! Challenge!


Carol Lee said...

Keatons-4 kids x Cunningham's 3==12 times Cleavers 2 kids =24 floors
Manning 18 - 7 erogenous zones = 11 apartments per floors
Total of 264 apartments
264 divided by 3 is 88 apartments to sell by each celebrity apprentice
88x 10 Grammies x $450 wagered $396,000 won by Joan Rivers who sold 88 apartments

Amanda M. said...

This one was a bit tougher! Here's what I have...

Bret Michaels sold all (44) of his apartments first, and received $99,000.

Here's my work:
3 x 2 x 2 = 12 floors
18 rooms – 7 rooms = 11 rooms/floor
132 total rooms / 3 winners = 44 per winner
44 apartments x 5 x $450 = $99,000

Winners' last names in alphabetical order are Michaels, Morgan, and Rivers

Scott S. Semester said...

Amanda, Carol Lee, and Steve Hill have submitted responses so far.

Steve Hill said...
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Steve Hill said...

Answer: Joan Rivers sold 66 apts to earn a commission of $237,600

Floors = 3*3*2 = 18
Apartments per floor = 18 -7 = 11
Total Apartments = 18*11 =198
Apartments per sales person 198/3 =66
Commission = 66*8*$450


Steve Hill