Issue 03 launch quiz answers

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Here are the answers to the issue 03 launch quiz. The questions are here if you haven’t tried them already.

Round zero: The picture round

Definitions

  1. open set
  2. continuity
  3. prime
  4. convergence to a limit

Maths Departments

  1. Oxford
  2. UCL
  3. Manchester
  4. Warwick

Mathematicians on money

  1. Michael Faraday
  2. Leonhard Euler
  3. Rene Descartes
  4. Carl Gauss

Shapes

  1. Trapezium
  2. Rectangle
  3. Kite
  4. Parallelogram

Round one: In the news

  1. Nigeria
  2. 22 million (22,338,618)
  3. black holes
  4. Artur Avila
  5. Majul Bhargava
  6. Martin Hairer
  7. Maryam Mirzakhani
  8. Hannah’s sweets
  9. being the “world’s hottest maths teacher”
  10. pizza

Round two: Two-for-one round

  1. Peter Dirichlet
  2. Sophie Germain
  3. 0
  4. 1
  5. Carl Neumann
  6. Peter Dirichlet
  7. David Hilbert
  8. David Hilbert
  9. 1
  10. Carl Neumann
  11. Sophie Germain
  12. 0

Round three: The wipeout round

The following are real papers:

  • On the coupling of boundary integral and finite element methods
  • The fluid dynamics of the chocolate fountain
  • Modular elliptic curves and Fermat’s Last Theorem
  • Nineteen dubious ways to compute the exponential of a matrix
  • Cutting down trees with a Markov chainsaw
  • When zombies attack!: Mathematical modelling of an outbreak of zombie infection
  • Generalized Calabi-Yau manifolds
  • A mathematical theory of communication
  • Ring theoretic properties of certain Hecke algebras
  • Quasi-steady-state approximates for chemical reaction networks

Round four: Numbers

  1. 8
  2. 16
  3. 23
  4. 42
  5. 59
  6. 111
  7. 127
  8. 220
  9. 1666
  10. 1729

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Matthew Scroggs is a PhD student at UCL working on finite and boundary element methods. His website, mscroggs.co.uk, is full of maths and now features a video of him completing a level of Pac-Man optimally.
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