In her excitement, one of Miss Loi’s students booked and paid for 4 x tickets for the **6 April (this coming Sunday) 9pm** slot on the Singapore Flyer for she and her friends.

Since best friends are usually the best in *flying aeroplanes* at the last minute, it’s no surprise that she’s now desperately turning to Miss Loi for help, after two of her friends have pulled out of this little outing, and none of her other friends ~~wants to lose a chunk of their pocket money~~ are free to take their places.

~~Seeing that the introductory offer period is about to end soon~~ And thus in a massive display of compassion, Miss Loi promises to buy the two extra tickets from her student (even though she had just ridden on another ferris wheel not too long ago), provided she can find another person to go with her.

But sadly, none of Miss Loi’s friends are free that evening too, as they’re all occupied with important stuffs like *mahjong*, EPL etc.

Anyway while Twittering this morning, NTT suggested holding a math contest on this blog. After seeing some early signs of enthusiasm and prompting, here we go …

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Knowing that it takes a certain level of mathematical competency to be able to engage her in some meaningful conversation during the flight (like working out the geometric distance to some landmark), Miss Loi hereby propose that the *first person to answer correctly the following question:

In an equilateral triangle `ABC`, `AB` = 12 units. On vertex of a square lies at the midpoint of `AB`, with the adjacent vertices lying on the other two sides of the triangle.

The length of a side of the square may be expressed as

`p`√2 + `q`√6,

where `p` and `q` are rational numbers.

Find the values of `p` and `q`.

… shall get to spend a romantic evening on the Singapore Flyer with her, where together we’ll be soaring high above the magnificent Singapore skyline, enjoying the cool night breeze, solve a math problem or two, and maybe even spot The Temple in the distance!

Moreover, you’ll have the dubious honour of being the first mortal from the blogosphere (apart from her students & their parents) to ever lay eyes on Miss Loi’s divine face … umm … if that really means anything.

**NOTES:**

This question is taken from a math workshop attended by (coincidentally) the same student, where the trainer was allegedly going so fast like a toot toot train, oblivious to the blank stares from the entire class.

Its kind is too mind-stimulating to EVER appear in the TYS, but this might help you in your upcoming Mids where anything can happen – especially with sadistic teachers out to exact revenge on students who gave them a torrid time in Semester I.

Lastly, this same question also managed to stump a GEP student – though in all due respect he was in a big, big hurry to get back to his DotA game.

P.S. To the student: Don’t say Miss Loi never try to help you har …

* Miss Loi reserves the right to reject any candidate whom she believes to be of dubious background, even though he/she might have answered the question correctly.

** Automatically disqualified: all students (and their immediate friends) who’d gone through this question in her class, the math workshop trainer, and *cheekopeks* who ask their school-going relatives to do the question on their behalf.

*** Do note that all visitors are to arrive at the Singapore flyer half an hour before their slot time.

## 46 Comments

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Waahhh so many disclaimers one!

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Ok, I'm guessing FoxTwo is part of one of the disclaimers. 😛

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wah...

nvm, i thought it was gonna be easy and i could meet our dear ping.sg lao shi... 😛

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Haiz.. If can get 2 tickets then I try..haha..lazy to think too much!

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*Sneaks a peek and shakes head at all the non-attempts*

HINTS:Whenever one sees

surdsandtrigonometryandgeometrytogether in one question, this should serve as a cue for you to recall yourspecial angles:^{o}^{o}^{o}And when

special anglescome into play in a diagram like this, students must instinctively get to know the bigfootAh Sohof all trigonometric ratios known asTOA CAH SOH.And since trigo ratios are derived from

right-angled triangles, students must instinctively know how to firstslicethe diagram into as many right-angled triangles as deemed necessary.*Runs away for tuition*

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smc, the moment you put a non-number base question here, automatically I fail leow, no need to pass GO, no need to collect $200.

So, since I can't solve it, what else can I do? tok kok lor! 😀

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p=9

q=-3

sine rule would have been more convenient though...

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I look at the 'condition' & I know I am not up to 'standard' already!

But I am sure u have no problem finding partner to spend the weekend with u!

Have a nice day!

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ROAR ! soooo difficult =D

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WAH!!! The question so "keng" wan. Questions in Malaysia don't sound that hard....

Btw, thx for dropping by my site!

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Headlines on ST, 02 Apr 08:

"Hello Kitty commits suicide!

-- Hello Kitty jumps off Bukit Timah cliff in despair. Papers with Maths workings found on summit."

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Now we know Miss Loi's number one criteria for a date. Must be able to solve mathematical problems!

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p=9

q=-3

law of sin... easy question...

really... get this blog to use LaTeX instead of phpmathpublisher. LaTeX is the industrial standard for math equation formatting. It's not that hard... you can leech from wordpress with a simple code...

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is it 6? just a guess.

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arrrgh too difficult le. maybe i can try to program something out and get the answer.

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I think Miss Loi has found her date.

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oh nose... Someone(The name is actually Someone... guess there is no way to find who he is.) had the answer before me!

but maybe I'm the only identifiable person.

muhahahahaha. I'm so going to blog about this.

now I just have to find a way to get to Singapore...

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Hmmm.... is this an April Fools' Day joke?

Anyway, my math is rusty and my brain sluggish today. Good luck to all who try in hope. 🙂

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Wow, mgccl looks correct... So is Miss Loi going on hot date? Take more photos!!! I heard it's really beautiful once nightfalls.

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If you used the sine rule, you would have to use the sin(x+y) forumula to reduce to the surds though...

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Alright, I don't know how to use the maths equation thingy...so here goes:

Let x be the side of the square

If we halve the triangle vertically, then look at the triangle bounded by the side of the square (x), the base of the equilateral triangle (6) and part of the side of the equilateral triangle (the side with total length of 12), and taking sine rule,

6/sin75° = x/sin60°

but sin 75°

= sin (45°+30°)

= sin 45° cos 30° + cos 45° sin 30°

= [sqrt (6) + sqrt (2)]/4

putting it all in,

x= 9 sqrt(2) - 3sqrt(6)

thus p = 9 and q = -3

Quite fun, any more such questions Miss Loi? 🙂

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Wow Miss Loi is so touched by all your response *sob*

First to reply all ...

Xinyun:As you can see from the answers here, it's not very difficultleh... just need to recall your basic AMaths knowledge.WishBoNe:Who? Who???FoxTwo:So Miss Loi take it that you're requesting for questions from theNumberschapter? e.g. LCM, HCF? 😉HAM:'Conditions' aside, you'll be in Singapore this weekendmeh?fearclif:You're in Sec 3 right? Miss Loi believes some of the trigo stuff hasn't been taught to you yet. Maybe you can learn something here to show off to your 'cher & classmates (provided they're not foreigncyborgs) 😛Stanley:Looking at some of the~~cyborgs~~ASEAN scholars here, many have the perception that Malaysian math standards arelagi keng!Hello KittyDON'T JUMP!!! WORKINGS STILL CARRY MARKS!!!!Precious:You're absolutely right. Miss Loi is sooo looking forward to solve some math problems with her date during the ride. Else it'll be really boring isn't it?MGCCL:You're back! You just made Miss Loi realise that she'd forgotten to put the disclaimer about transportation costs not included.And ... ummm ... actually LaTeX has been installed here since the beginning - you just need to enclose your LaTeX code with

`[tex][tex]`

(which has been done for you) and your beautiful expression will magically appear. This wasn't stated since Miss Loi doesn't want to confuse readers with too many options/syntax.Tianhong:Wei NUS comp science calibre - you should know! Miss Loi's faculty is just next door!ClappingTree:...Dhope:Umm ... actually mgccl's not the first ... even if he is, not sure if he can get here by this Sunday.Wah

Papillion! Nice workings! Welcome to Jφss Sticks and thanks for your interest in~~dating Miss Loi~~mathematics! Mids are coming = expect more questions (provided readers come and solve them)!Meanwhile if you browse through the AMaths and EMaths categories you'll find a number of questions still unsolved 😉

Ok now with regards to the solution and results ...

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i'm concerned whether the capsule will roll off the spindle while it's at the peak?

i'm terrified of heights!

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NooOoOo I suck at maths!!

Even if you did, it'll be too late for this weekend anyway heheheh!

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This question involves a student's understanding of

TrigonometryandSurdsbasics.As mentioned, when you see a surd expression in a trigo question like this, it almost always involve

trigo special angles- usually no calculators required 😉Since the question asks for

pandqwithin the surd expression of the side of the square, your approach should be to 1) express the length of the side in surd form using all your trigo prowess, andthen2) equate it top√2 +q√6.First of all do know that each interior angle of an equilateral triangle is 60

^{o}(duuuh!).So let the side of the square be

x.Using Sine RuleAs pointed out by

Someone,MGCCLandPapillion, the quickest way would be to use the Sine Rule taught in your Sec 3 EMaths (and discussed here)And as

Papillonpointed out, drawing a vertical lineCDwill bisect ∠FDE⇒ ∠CDE= ∠EDB= 90^{o}/2 = 45^{o}.So you can form the following expresson for Δ

BDE:And as

Someonepointed out, sin 75^{o}= sin (45^{o}+30^{o}) and using theAddition Formulafrom yourAMaths New Syllabus:A+B) = sinAcosB+ cosAsinB⇒ sin (45

^{o}+30^{o}) = sin 45^{o}cos 30^{o}+ cos 45^{o}sin 30^{o}And using the values from the special angle chart,

⇒

⇒ since you should know that √

a√b= √abUsing Trigo RatiosBut not everyone has been taught about the

Addition Formulaabove (esp those retaking the Old Syllabus this year), and these unfortunate group of people will have to findxviatrigo ratios- a little more tedious.When it comes to trigo ratios, you often need to

sliceyour diagram into as many right-angled triangles you'll need to achieve your answer.Using Pythagoras Theorem,

AC^{2}=AD^{2}+CD^{2}⇒CD= √[12^{2}- 6^{2}] = √108But

CD=OC+ODFrom the diagram,

∴

Which is the SAME expression you get using the sine rule method.

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Now seeing surds at the denominator of a fraction, any AMaths student will know intuitively that you have to

rationalise your surd.i.e.

Time to play around with your √

a√b= √abonce more, to bring out the √2!So

p= 9 andq= -3 😉Congratulations to

Someone,MGCCLandPapillonfor getting it right! Miss Loi knows that all of you are Level 99 math gurus, but please understand that this is just a humble blog dealing with O-Level Maths (read 13-16 year old Singaporean students) - so please bear with her if you find the problems and explanations here too basic for your liking.As for the rest, hope that you've learnt something from Miss Loi's April Fools Day question 😉

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level 99? nice 🙂

nooooo..

you destroyed my dreams... for a second there I thought math can get girls...

maybe it's time for me to try physics for a change...

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I see... I didn't know the addition formula was taught in A maths now; I split the triangles:

x being the side closer to the 60deg and y being the side closer to the 45deg; c is the common opposite.

The relationship between an isosceles right angle triangle of equal sides x and the hypotenuse h is

I don't like to ignore a mathematical challenge. Haha.

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Opps. I somehow must have copied my equation twice. Haha.

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OMG, all these equations are giving me nightmares!

Miss Loi, you mean this question is for 'O' Levels standard now?

I should have met you for tuition 13 years ago! I scored F9 for maths...

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Haha, lvl 99 🙂

Like Someone, it's hard to resist a good maths challenge 🙂

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Mgccl:Physics? Nah ... math girls are definitely sexier 😉Peeweeeeee:Actually O-Level questions tend to be a little easier and less involved, but all the concepts remain the same. But with the changing syllabus this year, nobody can be sure what's coming out though.Your math result that bad

meh? Were you a terminal stage LMBFH Syndrome sufferer?Ahhh

Someonenicely done 😀To be honest, Miss Loi spent a bit of time trying to figure out where's your

x,y,cetc, (it would have been easier if you'd said which triangle you were referring to!) so hope you don't mind Miss Loi inserting a diagram in your comment for the benefit of readers 🙂Hope students can appreciate from this example that there can always be alternative approaches beyond what your teacher has taught you.

Someone + Papillion:Something happened yesterday - let's see if Miss Loi can make this into a math challenge 😉曜

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Is it just me, or when you enclose your equation with double { } it appears twice? I checked my previous equations, and it doesn't appear that I typed it twice; instead, the equation rendered twice. Haha.

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If you were my maths teacher, you could vomit blood teaching me. I scored 0/100 for my CAs...

Haha...

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Someone:Yes the additional { } appears to be the culprit. Anyway Miss Loi has taken the liberty to remove them for you 😉peewee:You have no idea how many liters of haemoglobin Miss Loi has produced through the years. Probably enough to fill a blood bank!曜

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honestly man, what the mama?! O.O

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Soooo.... after all these, you still haven't announced who's the lucky maths genius that gets to discuss the intricacies of maths with you on the Singapore Flyer....

To the winnah - pls take lotsa pics ok? sneaky ones if you can 🙂

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I remembered my teacher mentioning about having to 'kill' a black chicken each week to nourish back the 'injury' she's sustained while teaching us (my class).

Poor chickens...

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Umm ...

FoxTwo... a bit late but ...曜

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April Fool's Joke?! I spent so much time persuading Nic to help me win a romantic date wif Miss Loi. Sighhh

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Walau..thought teachers arn't suppose to lie? lol..but miss loi is a sexy math tutor..now that's different.. 😛

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Peewee:Miss Loi believes that your class has already graduated, since the population of black chickens is now flourishing.TOH KIAT SHENG!!!Made up with Julian already? Now so free to come here and leave silly comments huh?Precious:Huh? You should be spending the time on romantic dates with Nic instead!Soupie:Huh? Teachers cannot play April Fool's? What a sad, sad profession if that's really the case.曜

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p=9

q=-6

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Dear Miss Loi. I am too late to win the evening you spoke about in this article. However I am very interested in you. Intelligent women are the most beautiful. I am American Engineer. Will you marry me??!! 🙂

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@Fred...

If you didn't already saw that this is an April fool's joke that broke my innocent heart... READ THE COMMENTS.

Oh... I thought math can get me a date. Guess I was wrong...

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Huh?!

Fred+Mgccl, are you guys pals?曜

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lol Chers/Tutors/anyone in the teaching sector are meant to have "faster-protein (ie.Haemoglobin) producing rate" as compared to us normal ppl XD