Call Math When You get a Chance
Since last week's problem dealt with patterns on a phone keypad, let's extend that idea. A common fun time is translate your phone number into a word, using relationships between letters and numbers on a keypad (e.g. 2  ABC, etc.).
Often we are assigned a phone number, and then we search for a wordequivalence that makes sense. In making up this problem, I first chose a mathematical word (or words) and then translated it into its equivalent number.
Your task is to figure out the mathematical words for these phone numbers. For example, 6396284 is NEW MATH. It gets tricky as you have three letter options for each digit, and be aware that some of the numbers are local and some are longdistance:
 2543272
 4366387437
 2546748467
 7464527489
 2664783623
 2288326453
 7972643
 7466287
 2748463842
 2697568
 4637825489
 7659666425
 3228678733
 4976836873
 7372368453
 7234225
 7364247253
 7827387
 7873223
 8436736
I hope I did not make any errors, as that could lead to frustration on your part. But, don't call me...
Hint: If you get frustrated, one option is to translate the phone number into all its possiblities, and then try to "spot" a mathematical word within the list.
For example, the number 2543272 translates into:
AJGDAPA
BKHEBQB
CLIFCRC
S
See a mathematical word in this jumbled mess?
AJGDAPA
BKHEBQB
CLIFCRC
S
Solution Commentary: Sorry...I am only willing to state that ALGEBRA was the hidden word in the hint. One of the reasons I am not giving out the answers is that this is more a game than a problem. Plus, it is possible that a given phone number could translate into more than one mathematics word.
If you get overly frustrated, feel free to send me an email.
