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 Linear and Board Feet [01/04/1999]

Can you explain the terms linear foot and board foot as they are used in
the lumber industry?
 Linear Footage [04/20/2002]

There is a fence I want to buy, but the ad says '4 foot tall, 50
linear feet. What is a linear foot compared to a regular foot?
 Linear Foot [7/1/1996]

How much is a linear foot?
 Line of Best Fit [8/1/1996]

Are a bestfit line, a line of best fit, and a fitted line synonymous?
 Lines of Symmetry [03/17/1997]

What are lines of symmetry?
 Line under Greater or Less Than Symbol [01/26/2001]

What does it mean when there is a line under the greater or less than
symbol?
 Mass and Weight [08/16/1997]

Why are mass and weight both measured with the same unit? If weight is
different on the moon and mass is not, what is the difference?
 Mass versus Weight [09/09/99]

Do mass and weight refer to the same thing on earth? Is mass equal to
weight?
 Mass vs. Weight [01/22/1999]

Can you give me a definition of mass and how it differs from weight?
 Mathematical Induction [09/07/1998]

What is mathematical induction? Can you give an example of the ideas of
math induction?
 Mathematical Meaning of Undefined [12/19/2002]

What is the meaning of the word 'undefined' in mathematical terms?
 Mathematical Models [07/17/2002]

What is a mathematical model, and how would it be used?
 Mathematics, Logic, and Intuition [05/27/2003]

How is math related to logic and intuition?
 Math Symbol for C [12/15/1997]

I am puzzled by one symbol of typing math. What does the upper case
letter C mean? As in (2C1) (3C1) / (47C2) = 6/1081.
 The Meaning of Locus [03/04/2003]

What is the locus of points equidistant from two parallel lines 8
meters apart?
 Meaning of Q.E.F. [8/20/1996]

What does Q.E.F. mean? I've seen it in Euclid's Elements along with
Q.E.D...
 The Meaning of Space [07/23/1997]

Is the term 'Space' a mathematical object? I have seen it in "Vector
Space," "Banach Space," and "Hilbert Space," but are they the same thing?
 Meaning of the Words Compass and Protractor [08/17/1999]

Why is a compass called a compass when it protracts and retracts, and why
is a protractor called a protractor when it is used to measure degrees?
 Meanings of Properties [07/23/1997]

What do Associative Property, Commutative Property, and Distributive
Property mean?
 Mean, Median, and Mode [07/15/1998]

Can you explain the three ways to represent a group  mean, median, and mode? I am having trouble understanding the mode.
 Mean, Median, Mode, Range [11/23/1997]

What are the definitions of mean, median, mode, and range?
 Means and Extremes of a Proportion [09/16/2004]

In the proportion a/b = c/d, why are the a and the d called the
extremes and the b and c called the means of the proportion?
 Measuring by Degrees [06/16/2002]

Why is it that angles and temperature are both measured in
degrees?
 Median: Average of Two Points [8/24/1996]

What is the median in an even list of numbers?
 Median, Quartiles [1/09/1998]

Find the median and upper and lower quartiles: 22,18,9,26,14,15,6,19,28.
 Median: the Middle Term [9/14/1996]

What is the median?
 Megagram, Short Ton, Long Ton [03/12/2002]

How does a megagram compare to a a short ton or a long ton?
 Meters Squared vs. Square Meters [11/18/2001]

Is 12 m^2 better read as 12 square meters or 12 meters squared?
 Metres Squared and Square Metres [05/02/2003]

Are square metres and metres squared the same thing?
 Metric System Prefixes [09/17/1997]

My algebra teacher wrote the word teraflops on the board and told us to
find the meaning.
 Miles Squared vs. Square Miles [07/09/1999]

What is the difference between 10 square miles and 10 miles square?
 Mnemonic for Less Than and Greater Than [08/11/1999]

What was the old adage for telling how to read the less than and greater
than symbols correctly?
 Mode, Median, and Mean [08/23/1997]

Find a set of five data values with modes 0 and 2, median 2, and mean 2.
 Moebius Strips: How Many Sides and Surfaces? [10/18/2001]

What is the difference between a side and a surface?
 Multiplier, Sum, Difference, Product, Quotient, Dividend [11/25/1997]

What is a multiplier? an addend? a minuend? a product? Why is the number that is being divided the "dividend"?
 Name of Bar That Denotes a Repeating Decimal [08/30/2004]

What is the name of the bar that goes over a digit or group of digits
that signifies that the digit or group repeats?
 Name of Division Symbol [7/31/1996]

What is the official name for the division symbol?
 Name of Fraction Bar [7/5/1996]

What is the correct term for the line that separates the numerator and
denominator of a fraction?
 Names of Parts of a Cone [8/2/1996]

Are the components of a net of a cone called faces in all cases, or only
for polyhedra?
 Names of Polynomials [11/25/1997]

Are polynomials with higher degree than 5 named? What are they called?
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