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More Jeopardy

This past Tuesday's (11/28/06) version of the Jeopardy show again had a math category for "Double Jeopardy." In contrast to my past rants regarding the simplicity of the "answers" for this category, this time the questions proved to stump the contestants.

If I can read my notes correctly, these "answers" were given...begging for responses in the form of a question:

[$400] It's a statement that can be proven in a direct or indirect fashion.

[$800] Pierre de Fermat invented the differential version of this subject.

[$1200] This trigonometric function is abbreviated SEC.

[$1600] In the expression 5X, the constant 5 means "it will multiply the value of the unknown" and is called this.

[$2000] The adjective that can mean exaggeration also can be found as a type of non-Euclidean geometry.

The contestants struggled in trying to produce the currect questions. How did you do?

On the [$400] question, the wrong responses were "proof" and "equation" before the correct response of "What is a theorem?"

The [$800] and [$1200] questions were answered easily (being "calculus" and "secant"), but Newton, Leibniz, Archimedes, and Cavalieri might take issue with the claim about Fermat.

Finally, no attempts were even made on the last two questions, with the correct answers (ala Alex Trebek, the grand know-it-all) being "numerical coefficient" and "hyperbolic" respectively.