Ask Dr. Math: The Math Doctors' Newsletter

by Ian Underwood

February, 2002

To: 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).  


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:


   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...  It all adds up.

Speaking of which, we have two new FAQs.  The first, 

   Fast Food Combinations

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

The second, 

   Working Together

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

Dr. Ian
Attending Physician
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