Nothing Satisfies Like Stick Men, Occam’s Razor & Sum Maff


Best Experienced With:          Chicago

(Please right click on the link below to open up the suggested background music to this evening’s treatise in a new browser.  Ever hear of Occam’s razor?    Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitate.   Mmmmmm and chocolate mousse for dessert?  I’ll take two, please)

Been a while since we sharpened our noggins with some Maff.  Please pull out your number 2 pencils with the dinosaur erasers and begin the three Maff problems below.  Since everyone loves them some choices, we will offer some choices in two of the sections.  The answers are at the bottom of the page.  When you finish please turn over your paper and sit quietly (and smugly) while you wait for the rest of the class to finish.  Didn’t you hate that kid?  He/she would always turn over their paper loudly and look around, as if anyone else had finished.  No, you may not have a hall pass.  Shall we begin?


Part A


Before a collision, a 25-kg object is moving at +12m/s. Find the impulse that acted on the object if, after the collision, it moves at:
a. 8.0m/s
 Relevant equations
(c)=changes in:
To find impulse, we would use the F=ma, so F=m*(c)v/(c)t
So, F(c)t = m(c)v
Therefore, F(c)t=p2-p1 (impulse-momentum theorem).

OR…………………………please solve the following:

105 is what term in the sequence 9, 13, 17……. (using solve for n:  an + b = x, where x is the given number.




Part B

What number should replace the question mark?

Part C

¼ is the reciprocal of _______    

 OR…………………. please solve the following:

_____ factorial is written as __! and can also be expressed as 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 24



Part A


Part B


Part C



Scientific parsimony at its finest with a hell of a Chicago tune.  A wonderful lesson to practice daily for all those charged with driving top line revenue, cutting costs and serving the magical dual headed beast that is your customers and your sales teams.  Thank you William of Occam!

Thank you all for visiting this evening.  Anyone up for a snowball fight, please meet on the reflecting pool in front of the Washington Monument at midnight.  Bring stuff for s’mores and as many Foster’s Lager oil cans as you can stuff into your parka








The Mind of Mully

Should I try to do some more?

25 or

6 to











Extra Credit:  The product of two consecutive negative even integers is 24. Find the numbers.


Extra Credit Answer:      -6 and -4


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2 responses to “Nothing Satisfies Like Stick Men, Occam’s Razor & Sum Maff

  1. Kristi

    So what are the mathematical odds that it is snowing in Charleston SC? Cuz it is!

    • surfer1965

      Judging by the locusts outside my office window and the appearance of Death, Famine, Pestilence and War down on La Jolla BLvd, I am going to lay odds at even, my dear. Care to double down?

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