**February, 2002**

BACK TO CONTENTSTo: All Dr. Math Doctors From: Ian Underwood Subject: Ask Dr. Math in February Hi Math Doctors, Although February is 10% shorter than January, we answered 5% more questions this month (3762) than we did last month (3595). Outstanding! However... we also received 26% more questions this month (8067) than we did last month (6387). So we were able to answer only about 47% of the questions that came in. Only! :^D The number of math doctors who contributed this month was 37, which is a little higher than it's been. (Could this be the beginning of a trend?) Thanks to all of you, with special thanks to the following: 20/day | Peterson | | | | 15/day | | | | | 10/day | | | Jeremiah, Rick | | Roy, Schwa 5/day | Anthony, Jerry | Fenton, Mitteldorf | Paul, Shawn, Wilkinson | Douglas, Tim, Tom, Twe 1/day | Allan, Floor, Hans, Jodi, Jody, Jubal, Mike, Pete, White / 1/wk | Greenie, Leslie, Pat, Rob It's easy to lose track of how things can add up over time. For example, it turns out that 16 different math doctors have answered more than 500 questions since last March: Since 03/01 5500 | Peterson / 2000 | Rob 1500 | Rick, Greenie 1000 | Anthony, Douglas, Jeremiah, Jerry, Mitteldorf, Roy, Schwa 500 | Achilles, Fenton, Floor, Jaffee, Paul, Robert, Tom And of course, the archive has grown steadily: 1/97 ||||||| 1/98 |||||||||||||||||||||| 1/99 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 1/00 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 1/01 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 1/02 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 1k 2k 3k 4k 5k 6k An answer here, an answer there... a few extra minutes to make an answer more general, or easier to understand, so that it can be archived... Italladds up. Speaking of which, we have two new FAQs. The first, Fast Food Combinations http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.mcdonalds.html deals with an idea that seems to have occurred to both McDonald's and Burger King simultaneously: Emphasizing the number of different ways that you can select items from a dollar menu, or toppings for a burger. The second, Working Together http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.working.together.html deals with the ever popular question If Woody would chuck a cord of wood in 30 minutes, and Chuck would chuck it in 45 minutes, how much wood could Woody and Chuck chuck in two hours (if Woody and Chuck could chuck wood)? and others related to it. That's it for February. Go forth, be fruitful, and teach kids to multiply... Dr. Ian Attending Physician Ask Dr. Math