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Halloween math problem

Postby Pumpkin56 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:41 am

Here's one for the Pumpkinheads who like math and numbers. I care for neither. A coworker passed this along to me a few minutes ago:

A vampire moves into a town with 500,000 residents. A vampire can turn two people per month into vampires. How long will it take for the increasing population of vampires to turn the entire town?

It's already making my head hurt, so I quit 8)

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Re: Halloween math problem

Postby Pumpkin_Man » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:40 am

Basicaly you're dealing with the powers of 2, so it would go something like this:

month 1 2
month 2 4
month 3 8
month 4 16

You get the gist of it. It's like you get a penny a day, doubled every day for 30 days. You will be seriously rich by the end of the 30 days.

I will guess about 12 months give or take.

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Re: Halloween math problem

Postby zoltan hound dracula » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:44 am

WELL PUMPKIN56,YOU HAVE OUR HEADS SCRATCHING,I SAY 18 MONTHS :roll:

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Re: Halloween math problem

Postby zoltan hound dracula » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:12 pm

RIGHT OK PUMPKIN56,AFTER SOME SERIOUS THOUGHT,WELL 18 MONTHS WAS A GUESS,SO THIS IS HOW IV"E WORKED IT OUT 8)
1 MONTH-3
2 MONTH-9
3 MONTH-27
4 MONTH-81
5 MONTH-243
6 MONTH-729
7 MONTH-2187
8 MONTH-6561
9 MONTH-19683
10 MONTH-59049
11 MONTH-177147
12 MONTH-531441

SO ITS JUST OVER A YEAR PUMPKIN56 8)

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Re: Halloween math problem

Postby jadewik » Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:23 pm

I'm still trying to wrap my mind around why the lone vamp would be turning anyone. What about his food supply?

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Re: Halloween math problem

Postby johnsoneliza52 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:07 pm

My head hurt at "math problem"

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Re: Halloween math problem

Postby XxTIMOxX » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:04 am

my neck hurt at vampire :p
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Re: Halloween math problem

Postby Pumpkin56 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:16 pm

jadewik wrote:I'm still trying to wrap my mind around why the lone vamp would be turning anyone. What about his food supply?


Seriously. Didn't that fool see Daybreakers?

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Re: Halloween math problem

Postby tantraman » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:07 pm

Pumpkin_Man wrote: Basicaly you're dealing with the powers of 2, so it would go something like this:

month 1 2
month 2 4
month 3 8
month 4 16

You get the gist of it. It's like you get a penny a day, doubled every day for 30 days. You will be seriously rich by the end of the 30 days.

I will guess about 12 months give or take.

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Re: Halloween math problem

Postby Pumpkin_Man » Tue May 01, 2012 3:35 pm

Thats one way to look at it. But mathematical powers are all like that.

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