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 word-equivalence 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, 639-6284 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 long-distance:
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 254-3272 translates into:
See a mathematical word in this jumbled mess?
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 e-mail.