Transcript: Finale | Mar 31, 1999

(music plays)

The opening slate pops up with a countdown timer from 7 seconds and the title “TVO’s Virtual Classroom. Get connected.”
The “V” in “Virtual” is a tick, the “A” in “classroom” is an at sign with an extended loop that turns into a power cord with a plug at the end, and the first “O” in “classroom” is a spinning globe.

When the countdown finishes, Mr. C appears on screen. He’s in his forties, has short, wavy, side-parted Brown hair, wears big glasses, and has a long, trimmed brown beard, and mustache. He wears a black T-shirt with black overalls and sits at his computer desk.

Stewart says GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO
THE LAST SHOW OF THE VIRTUAL
CLASSROOM GRADE SIX MATH
MYSTERY, AND I HOPE THAT
YOU'VE HAD A CHANCE TO GO
OUTSIDE SOMETIME OVER THE
COURSE OF LAST WEEK, AND I
HOPE THAT THE SKY WAS BRIGHT
ENOUGH AND CLEAR ENOUGH THAT
YOU COULD SEE SOMETHING.
IN THE MEANTIME, AS USUAL, I'M
GOING TO START WITH A PUZZLE
TO JUST GET US
GOING, AND LET'S SEE.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT IT.
IT'S CALLED THE WORLD'S
BEST TRAIN PUZZLE.

A worksheet appears on screen with a title that reads “The World’s Best Train Puzzle.”

Stewart reads the puzzle and says I'LL READ IT TO YOU,
AND I'LL INVITE YOU
TO MAKE YOUR RESPONSES.
THIS IS A PRETTY
STRAIGHTFORWARD ONE.
HERE IT GOES.
OUT WEST, THERE'S A SINGLE
TRACK RAILROAD THAT GOES
THROUGH OLD BALDY MOUNTAIN.
INSIDE THE MOUNTAIN, THE
TUNNEL IS ONLY WIDE ENOUGH
FOR ONE TRAIN.
AT EXACTLY 2 O'CLOCK ONE
DAY, TWO TRAINS ENTERED
THE TUNNEL FROM
OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS.
FIVE MINUTES LATER, EACH TRAIN
CAME OUT OF THE OPPOSITE
ENTRANCE TO THE TUNNEL.
NEITHER TRAIN WAS
DAMAGED IN ANY WAY.
HOW WAS THIS POSSIBLE?
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT.
2 O'CLOCK, ONE TRAIN COMES
IN FROM BOTH ENDS, SO YOU CAN
SEE THE TRAINS I'VE KIND OF
PUT DOWN HERE AT THE BOTTOM.
AND WHEN THEY COME OUT, THIS
TRAIN CAME OUT THERE AND THIS
ONE CAME OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE,
AND THEY WEREN'T DAMAGED
AND IT WAS ONLY A
MATTER OF FIVE MINUTES.
SO HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?
SO IF YOU CAN...
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE
AN ANSWER, PHONE IN,
GIVE ME AN IDEA.
HOW DO YOU THINK THAT
THIS COULD HAPPEN?
2 O'CLOCK ONE DAY, TWO TRAINS
ENTERED FROM OPPOSITE ENDS.
AH, THERE'S SOMEBODY THAT'S
GOING TO GIVE THIS A CRACK.
LET'S SEE.
IT'S EITHER NICK OR
GERVAIS AT ELGIN.
WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO
TALKING TO YOU IN A MOMENT.
TWO TRAINS, 2 O'CLOCK,
WONDER HOW THIS HAPPENS.
HELLO.

A woman says HELLO?
I WAS WONDERING, WHY IS THERE
A SHAKING WOMAN ON THE SCREEN?

Stewart says A SHAKING WOMAN
ON THE SCREEN?

A female caller says YOU CAN'T SEE YOU.
THERE'S JUST A
WOMAN THERE SHAKING.

Stewart says OKAY.
I THINK MAYBE I'M GOING TO ASK
YOUR FACILITATOR TO PHONE THE
HELP LINE, AND I'M GOING TO
GIVE THE NUMBER TO YOU
RIGHT NOW, 1-888-371-1917.
OKAY, SO YOU CAN'T OBVIOUSLY
SEE WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.
HELLO, GILLIAN OR BRITTANY?

A female caller says WE WERE JUST PHONING IN TO
TELL YOU THE SAME THING.

Stewart says OKAY, SO YOU'VE GOT A
PROBLEM, YOU'RE NOT GETTING
THE VISUAL OF ME, RIGHT?
BUT YOU OBVIOUSLY
HEAR ME, RIGHT?
OKAY, GREAT.
NOW, IF THERE'S A POSSIBLE
ANSWER HERE COMING IN FROM
TRILLIUM, MAYBE WE
CAN TRY THAT OUT.
SO ANYBODY AT TRILLIUM?
OR EVEN USBORNE?
WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO
CHRISTOPHER IN A MOMENT AND
SEE IF HE'S GOT ANY IDEAS, AND
MAYBE WE CAN FIND OUT WHETHER
THEY'RE GETTING THE
PICTURES OR NOT.
WORLD'S --
HELLO, IS THIS CHRIS?

Chris says YES.

Stewart says OKAY.
MY FIRST QUESTION IS, ARE YOU
GETTING A PICTURE OF ME AND
THIS PUZZLE DOWN HERE?

Chris says YES.

Stewart says OKAY, SO YOU...
THAT'S NO PROBLEM.
HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO THINK
ABOUT THIS TRAIN PROBLEM?
YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS?

Chris says THE TRAINS MIGHT
BE REALLY SKINNY.

Stewart says THEY COULD BE SKINNY, BUT
THEY'RE ON THE SAME TRACK
SO THAT MAY NOT BE IT.
NO OTHER IDEAS?

Chris says DIFFERENT TIMES.

Stewart says OKAY.
YOU MAY HAVE THE RIGHT IDEA, BUT
LET'S GO BACK TO THE PROBLEM.
STICK WITH ME
BECAUSE I THINK...
IF YOU THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A
MOMENT, AT EXACTLY 2 O'CLOCK
ONE DAY.
WELL, IT SAYS EXACTLY 2
O'CLOCK, BUT YOU SAID
DIFFERENT TIMES.
HOW COULD THAT BE?

Chris says DIFFERENT DAYS?
TWO TRACKS.

Stewart says GO BACK TO DIFFERENT DAYS.
YOU'RE ALMOST RIGHT.

Chris says DIFFERENT DAYS.

Stewart says NOT DIFFERENT DAYS.
IT COULD BE THE SAME DAY,
BUT WHAT'S MISSING FROM
THIS 2 O'CLOCK?

Chris says 2 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING
AND 2 O'CLOCK AND...
2 A.M. AND 2 P.M.

Stewart says RIGHT ON.
YOU'VE GOT THE ANSWER.
THANK YOU VERY
MUCH, CHRISTOPHER.
I'M REALLY GLAD YOU
STUCK WITH ME ON THAT.
THAT'S SUPER.
OKAY.
WELL, TODAY BEING A RATHER
SPECIAL DAY, I'VE DECIDED TO
NOT DO JUST ONE PROBLEM TO
START OFF, BUT I GOT TWO,
AND HERE IT IS.
THE SECOND ONE IS CALLED THE
WORLD'S BEST ARCHERY PROBLEM.
NOW, TAKE A CLOSE
LOOK AT THIS ONE.
THERE ARE SIX ARROWS
THAT HIT THIS TARGET.
THE TOTAL SCORE IS
EXACTLY 100 POINTS.

The worksheet appears on screen with an archery board. The rings that surround the archery board from outside to inside are the following: 16, 17, 23, 24, 39, and 40.

Stewart says NOW, ALL THE ARROWS HIT ONE OF
THESE RINGS, ABSOLUTELY HIT
ONE OF THESE RINGS.
THE QUESTION IS WHERE DID
THOSE ARROWS END UP TO GET AN
EXACT SCORE OF 100 POINTS?
NOW, I KNOW IN THIS PARTICULAR
CASE, YOU'LL NEED A COUPLE OF
MINUTES TO THINK IT OUT AND
PERHAPS PLAY WITH THE NUMBERS
A LITTLE BIT.
SO WHAT I WILL PROPOSE IS
WE'LL LEAVE THIS SCREEN UP FOR
ABOUT 30 SECONDS AND
I'LL QUIT TALKING.
I'LL REPEAT THE QUESTION
ONE MORE TIME, THOUGH,
BEFORE I QUIT.
YOU'VE GOT SIX ARROWS.
THEY ALL HIT THE TARGET, AND
THE QUESTION IS, WHERE DID
THOSE ARROWS END UP TO
GET THAT EXACT TOTAL?
AND I THINK YOU CAN READ THE
NUMBERS HERE, 16 IN THE OUTER,
17 IN THE NEXT RING, 23,
THEN 24, THEN 39, THEN 40.
THE KEY THERE IS TO REMEMBER
THAT IT IS INDEED SIX ARROWS.
OKAY, I'LL STOP TALKING FOR 30
SECONDS AND GIVE YOU A CHANCE
TO MAYBE PLAY AROUND
WITH THAT A LITTLE BIT.
HELLO, AND WE'VE GOT A COUPLE
OF CALLS HERE, SO WE'RE GOING
TO GO TO ELGIN AVENUE.
AND WHO AM I SPEAKING TO?

Jason says HELLO?

Stewart says HELLO, WHO AM I SPEAKING TO?
IS IT JAYLENE OR HILARY?

Jason says JASON.

Stewart says JASON, OKAY.
JASON, DO YOU HAVE AN
ANSWER TO THIS PROBLEM
WITH THE SIX ARROWS?

Jason says NO.
WE STILL GOT THAT SHAKY
LADY ON THE SCREEN.

Stewart says OKAY.
OKAY, ELGIN AVENUE, WE WILL NOT
COME BACK TO YOU UNTIL YOUR
FACILITATOR PHONES THE HELP
LINE, AND I'LL REPEAT THE
NUMBER ONE MORE TIME,
1-888-371-1917, SO THAT WE
CAN ASSIST YOU WITH THE
TECHNICAL PROBLEM.
OKAY, DO WE HAVE A CALL
PERHAPS FROM EITHER TRILLIUM
OR USBORNE?
SIX ARROWS HITTING
THIS TARGET.
WHERE DID THEY LAND?
NOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I
WILL GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF
A HINT ON IS THAT IF YOU THINK
ABOUT SIX ARROWS AND SIX TIMES
40 IS 240, THEY WERE HITTING
THESE BIGGER NUMBERS IN THE
CENTRE, IT'S NOT
HIGHLY LIKELY.
SO IF YOU START TO THINK ABOUT
IT THIS WAY, THEN YOU MIGHT
REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE TO
LOOK AT THE SMALLER NUMBERS.
SO THAT'S THE FIRST THING I
WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT,
THAT IT WON'T BE THE
LARGER ONES SO MUCH.
THE ONLY QUESTION IS, IS
WHETHER YOU CAN GET A 23
OR A 24 INTO THE ANSWER.
IF YOU CAN GET ONE OF THEM,
THEN THAT MIGHT BE ONE WAY
OF SOLVING IT.
THE POSSIBILITY DOES EXIST
THAT NEITHER ONE OF THOSE CAN
BE FILLED EITHER.
SO YOU GOT TO SORT OF PLAY
AROUND WITH THIS A LITTLE BIT.
YOU TAKE 100 POINTS AND LET'S
SAY, FOR ARGUMENT'S SAKE, YOU
THINK MAYBE A 24 WAS ONE OF
THE ARROWS, TAKE 100 MINUS
24 AND WHAT DO YOU HAVE LEFT?
YOU HAVE 76 POINTS.
YOU STILL HAVE FIVE
ARROWS TO PLACE.
SO THE QUESTION THEN WOULD BE
IS THERE A WAY OF GETTING FIVE
ARROWS IN TO JUST 76 POINTS?
BEGIN TO TAKE A LOOK
AT THE SMALLER ONES.
SO I'M SORT OF LEADING YOU A
LITTLE BIT HERE JUST TO SEE IF
WE CAN GET SOMETHING GOING.
WHAT YOU'LL FIND IS IF
YOU CHECK OUT 23 AND 24,
IT'S GOING TO NARROW DOWN YOUR
ANSWER ONE MORE TIME, AND ONCE
YOU GET THE ANSWER NARROWED
DOWN, THEN IT SHOULD BE
RELATIVELY EASY TO FIGURE OUT
WHERE THOSE ARROWS ACTUALLY
ENDED UP.
HELLO, IS THIS JENNIFER?

Jennifer says YEAH.

Stewart says HI, JENNIFER.
CAN I LEAD YOU ALONG
IN THIS PROBLEM?

Jennifer says YEAH.

Stewart says STILL WITH ME, JENNIFER?

Jennifer says YEAH.
OKAY, YEAH.

Stewart says OKAY, WHAT I'M GOING TO DO
IS JUST TRY TO LEAD YOU ALONG
WITH THIS LITTLE PROBLEM.
HAVE YOU GOT A PENCIL
AND A PIECE OF PAPER
YOU CAN WORK WITH?

Jennifer says TWO 16s AND FOUR 17s.

Stewart says BINGO, YOU'VE GOT THE ANSWER!
SO I'M GOING TO WRITE THAT UP.
THAT'S THE ONLY WAY IT'LL
WORK, SO IF TWO ARROWS GO IN
THIS ONE AND FOUR
ARROWS GO IN THIS ONE.
NOW, THEY NEED NOT BE...
COME UP LIKE THAT, BUT TWO
TIMES 16 IS 32 AND FOUR TIMES
17 IS 68, FOR A
GRAND TOTAL OF 100.
THAT'S JUST GREAT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, USBORNE.
THAT'S THE GOOD
WAY TO GET GOING.
NOW, WHAT I'M GOING TO DO FOR
THE NEXT LITTLE WHILE IS I'M
GOING TO BASICALLY TAKE UP THE
THREE PROBLEMS THAT I LEFT YOU
FROM WEEK NUMBER 12.
THOSE THREE PROBLEMS
INCLUDE A CHECKERBOARD PROBLEM,
ONE INVOLVING THE FLAG OF THE
OLYMPICS, THE FIVE RINGS, AND
THE LAST ONE INVOLVING RICE
ON A CHECKERBOARD AS WELL.
SO THIS IS THE FIRST
QUESTION THAT I POSED.
THE QUESTION WAS...
NOW, IT'S BASICALLY I SAID
DOMINOES, BUT I'M USING
MY WHITE BEANS AS AN
ALTERNATE FOR DOMINOES.
NOTICE THAT THE WAY I'M
ARRANGING IT IS THAT THIS BEAN
WILL COVER TWO SQUARES
AT THE SAME TIME.
SO THE QUESTION WAS
IS IF I HAVE 31...
NOW, REMEMBER THAT THIS
CHECKERBOARD IS MISSING TWO
CORNERS, SO IF I
HAVE 31, WHICH IS...
31 TIMES TWO IS 62 SQUARES AND
31 BEANS, EACH ONE COVERING
TWO SQUARES AT THE SAME TIME,
IS IT POSSIBLE TO ARRANGE
THESE IN SUCH A WAY THAT I
COULD COVER THE WHOLE BOARD
WITH EXACTLY 31 BEANS?
OKAY, IS THIS PERCY?

Percy says YEAH.

Stewart says OKAY, HAVE YOU WORKED
ON THIS PROBLEM?

Percy says PARDON?

Stewart says HAVE YOU WORKED ON THIS
CHECKERBOARD PROBLEM?

Percy says ER... SURE.

Stewart says YOU HAVE, OKAY.
NOW, THE QUESTION...
DO YOU UNDERSTAND
THE QUESTION?
I WILL MAKE SURE THAT YOU
DO UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION.

Percy says PARDON?
I CAN'T HEAR.

Stewart says DO YOU UNDERSTAND
THE QUESTION?
IT WAS IN YOUR
HANDOUT, RIGHT?

Percy says RIGHT.

Stewart says OKAY, DO YOU UNDERSTAND
HOW THE QUESTION WORKS?
LIKE, THE DOMINOES COVER TWO
SQUARES AT THE SAME TIME.
AND IF YOU WERE TO PUT THE
DOMINOES ON HERE, THE QUESTION
WAS CAN YOU COVER EVERY
SINGLE SQUARE WITH EXACTLY
31 DOMINOES, RIGHT?

Percy says RIGHT.

Stewart says OKAY.
DO YOU THINK YOU
CAN OR CANNOT?

Percy says PUT TWO DOMINOES
ON DIAGONAL AND...

Stewart says OH, DIAGONALLY, BUT
THAT'S NOT ALLOWED.

Percy says OKAY.

Stewart says REASON THAT DOESN'T...
THE ONLY REASON THAT THAT'S
NOT ALLOWED IS A DOMINO
ACTUALLY IS SHAPED EXACTLY
LIKE THE TWO SQUARES HERE.

Percy says OH.

Stewart says THEREFORE, WHEN YOU PUT IT ON
AN ANGLE, YOU'RE NOT COVERING
ENTIRE SQUARES.
PARDON?

Percy says PUT TWO BY SIDE BY SIDE.
LIKE, GRAB TWO OF THEM,
PUT THEM BESIDE EACH OTHER.

Stewart says SOMETHING LIKE THIS?

Percy says YEAH.

Stewart says IF WE KEPT GOING, THEN
YOU SAY WE'D COVER
THE WHOLE THING, RIGHT?

Percy says YEAH.

Stewart says OKAY.
NOW, I'M GOING TO JUST SORT OF
DO THIS AS WE'RE TALKING AND
MAYBE SOMEBODY ELSE CAN...
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, PERCY.
WE CAN GO TO SOMEBODY ELSE THAT
MIGHT HAVE SOME OTHER IDEAS.
HELLO.
IS IT SARAH OR LINDSEY?
ARE WE THERE?
YUP.

Sarah says YEAH.

Stewart says HELLO, IS IT SARAH?

Sarah says IT'S SARAH.

Stewart says OKAY, WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT
THIS PARTICULAR PROBLEM,
THE CHECKERBOARD PROBLEM?

Sarah says YOU CAN PUT THE
BEANS ON AND IT WORKS.

Stewart says OKAY.
IS THERE ANY WAY YOU
CAN DESCRIBE TO ME HOW
THAT WOULD WORK?
AM I DOING IT THE
RIGHT WAY RIGHT NOW?

Sarah says WELL, WE USED, LIKE,
NORMAL DOMINOES.
BUT I THINK IT WILL WORK.

Stewart says YOU THINK IT WILL WORK.
OKAY, FAIR ENOUGH.
CAN YOU SORT OF TELL ME MAYBE
HOW THEY WERE ARRANGED ON HERE?
AM I DOING THIS RIGHT,
OR WOULD YOU DO
SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY?

Sarah says WELL, AT THE VERY BOTTOM,
YOU PUT THREE THE OTHER WAY.

Stewart says LIKE, MAYBE LIKE THIS?

Sarah says YEAH.

Stewart says OKAY.
WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IS I'M
GOING TO TRY TO FINISH OUT
LIKE THIS AND
SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
I'M GOING TO HAVE TO PUT ONE
LIKE THAT FOR SURE THERE.
SO I'M GOING TO HAVE TO SORT
OF STICK WITH MY PLAN HERE,
MORE OR LESS.
I THINK I'VE GOT EXACTLY 31
BEANS OUT HERE, SO WE SHOULD
BE CLOSE TO SEEING
WHAT'S GOING ON HERE.
OKAY, NOW, I'M...
OH, I GOT A LITTLE
BIT OF A PROBLEM.
I CAN'T QUITE FINISH IT.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
YOU SEE, I CAN'T PUT IT
DIAGONALLY BECAUSE
THAT WOULD NOT...
LIKE, IF THESE WERE ACTUAL
DOMINOES, THAT DOMINO WOULD
COVER THERE AND THAT ONE THERE
AND THE OTHER ONE WOULDN'T
REALLY SIT IN THERE.

Sarah says NO.

Stewart says OKAY.
I'M NOT SURE THAT I'VE TRIED
ALL THE POSSIBILITIES.
HAVE I TRIED ALL
THE POSSIBILITIES?

Sarah says NO.

Stewart says NOT BY ANY STRETCH OF
THE IMAGINATION, HAVE I?

Sarah says NO.

Stewart says OKAY, BUT WE...
I WONDER IF THERE'S SOME WAY
OF TELLING WHETHER WE CAN DO
IT OR NOT WITHOUT TRYING
ALL THE POSSIBILITIES.
I WONDER IF THERE'S
ANY OTHER CALLS.
I SEE WE HAVE ANOTHER CALL.
SO THANK YOU, SARAH, AND WE'RE
GOING TO TRY ONE MORE PERSON
AND SEE WHAT THEY THINK.
THIS IS NOT A
REALLY SIMPLE PROBLEM.
HI, IS IT CHRIS?

Chris says YEAH.

Stewart says HI, CHRIS.

Chris says HELLO.

Stewart says OKAY, HI.
SO CAN YOU TELL ME, DO YOU
THINK YOU CAN DO THIS,
COVER EVERY SINGLE SQUARE
WITH 31 DOMINOES?

Chris says I DON'T THINK IT'S POSSIBLE.

Stewart says OKAY, DO YOU HAVE ANY
EXPLANATION FOR WHY NOT?
YOU'RE RIGHT, BY THE WAY.
YOU CANNOT DO IT.

Chris says CAN YOU THINK OF
AN EXPLANATION?

Stewart says BECAUSE IT'S NOT
A COMPLETE SQUARE.

Chris says YEAH, THAT'S TRUE.
I LIKE...
YOU KNOW, THAT'S FAIRLY
INSIGHTFUL; IN OTHER WORDS,
MISSING THESE AND WE'RE KIND
OF MESSING UP THE SQUARENESS
OF IT, AREN'T WE?

Stewart says YES.

Chris says OKAY, ANY OTHER INSIGHTS?

Stewart says PARDON?

Chris says IS THERE ANYTHING
ELSE YOU CAN ADD?

Stewart says THERE'S NOTHING TO WORK.
I TRIED, LIKE, A HUNDRED WAYS.

Chris says THAT'S RIGHT.
ACTUALLY, THERE ARE
THOUSANDS OF WAYS.
CHRIS, I'M GOING TO HELP YOU
OUT AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL.
WHAT I THINK I'M GOING TO DO
AT THIS POINT, ALTHOUGH I SEE
WE HAVE ANOTHER CALL,
LET'S TAKE THAT.
I'M GOING TO BASICALLY OFFER
AN EXPLANATION FOR YOU,
WHY THIS DOES NOT WORK.
HELLO, WE'VE GOT A
CALL FROM ELGIN.
LINDSEY OR SARAH?

Lindsey says LINDSEY.

Stewart says HI, LINDSEY.
DO YOU THINK IT
WILL WORK OR NOT?

Lindsey says I DON'T THINK IT WILL WORK.

Stewart says DO YOU HAVE AN EXPLANATION?

Lindsey says I HAD THE SAME
EXPLANATION AS CHRIS DID.

Stewart says YEAH, THAT IT'S KIND OF
MISSING THESE TWO CORNERS,
THEREFORE, IT WON'T WORK.
NOW, STAY WITH ME AND SEE IF
YOU UNDERSTAND MY EXPLANATION.
SO DON'T DROP OFF
THE LINE, OKAY?

Lindsey says YEAH.

Stewart says WHEN I CUT...
WHEN I HAVE A DOMINO, NOTICE
THAT EVERY TIME I PUT A DOMINO
ON THE BOARD, IT COVERS BOTH A
BLACK PIECE AND A BLUE PIECE,
RIGHT?

Lindsey says YEAH.

Stewart says DOESN'T MATTER WHERE I DO
THAT, IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO
DO THAT, RIGHT?

Lindsey says YES.

Stewart says OKAY, NOW LET'S COUNT THE
NUMBER OF BLACK SQUARES
WE ACTUALLY HAVE AND THE
NUMBER OF BLUE SQUARES.

Lindsey says OKAY.

Stewart says YOU GOT FOUR BLACK SQUARES
IN EACH COLUMN, SO ONE, TWO,
THREE, FOUR, ONE, TWO, THREE,
FOUR AND SO ON, AND THERE ARE
EIGHT COLUMNS.
AGREED SO FAR?

Lindsey says YUP, YEAH.

Stewart says SO THERE ARE 32.
BUT LET'S COUNT THE
NUMBER OF BLUE ONES.

Lindsey says OKAY.

Stewart says ON THIS SIDE, YOU HAVE ONE,
TWO, ONLY THREE OF THEM.
ON THIS SIDE, YOU HAVE
ONE, TWO, THREE OF THEM,
AND THEN EVERY OTHER
ONE HAS FOUR, RIGHT?

Lindsey says YES.

Stewart says SO WHAT WE HAVE THEN IS SIX
TIMES FOUR PLUS THREE HERE AND
THREE HERE, WHICH IS ANOTHER
SIX, AND THERE'RE ONLY 30
OF THEM, RIGHT?

Lindsey says YES.

Stewart says DO YOU SEE WHAT THE PROBLEM
IS WITH COVERING THE BOARD NOW?

Lindsey says YEAH.

Stewart says AH, CAN YOU TELL ME IN YOUR
OWN WORDS WHAT YOU SEE,
BECAUSE I THINK
YOU DO SEE IT.

Lindsey says BECAUSE THERE'S TWO LESS,
SO IF YOU HAD TWO MORE,
IT WOULD WORK BECAUSE
IT WOULD BE EVEN.

Stewart says RIGHT.
IN OTHER WORDS,
BECAUSE WE HAVE...
EVERY DOMINO COVERS ONE OF
EACH, WE CAN ONLY COVER 30 OF
THEM AND WE GOT TWO BLACK ONES
LEFT OVER, AND THEY'RE NEVER
BESIDE EACH OTHER, ARE THEY?

Lindsey says NO.

Stewart says SO YOU CAN'T DO
IT, CAN YOU?

Lindsey says NO.

Stewart says RIGHT ON, AND YOU CAN SEE WE
WERE LEFT WITH TWO BLACK ONES
UP HERE.
HEY, YOU DID A
GREAT JOB ON THAT.
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.
THAT'S FABULOUS.
NOW, THIS IS THE KIND OF
MATHEMATICS THAT'S REAL...
THAT PROBLEM IS A REAL
THINKING TYPE OF PROBLEM,
WHERE YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY
DO SOMETHING CALLED PROOF,
AND WE JUST DID SOMETHING
CALLED PROOF.
IT'S AN ARGUMENT.
WE DIDN'T DO IT FORMALLY,
BUT WE DID GET TO IT.
SECOND PROBLEM IS THE ONE
INVOLVING THE OLYMPIC RINGS,
AND IF I RECALL CORRECTLY,
WHAT I SAID IS THAT WE HAD
SEVEN DIFFERENT COLOURS AND
WE'VE GOT FIVE DIFFERENT RINGS
AND THEY ALL HAVE
TO BE DIFFERENT.
SO MY QUESTION IS, HOW MANY
DIFFERENT WAYS COULD WE PAINT
THE FLAG SO THAT IT'S GOT A
DISTINCT COLOUR ARRANGEMENT?
SO IF YOU'VE GOT AN ANSWER
TO THIS ONE, I'LL GET YOU
TO CALL IN NOW.
IF NOT, WHAT I'LL DO IS
WE'LL DO A LITTLE BIT OF AN
INVESTIGATION WHERE WE START
WITH JUST TWO RINGS AND THINK
ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS, THEN THREE
RINGS, AND THEN WE SHOULD
BE ABLE TO GET TO FIVE
RINGS EASILY ENOUGH.
SO WE DO HAVE A CALL.
IT'S DAN FROM TRILLIUM.
AND, HI, IS IT DAN?

Dan says YEAH.

Stewart says NOW, DO YOU HAVE AN ANSWER TO
THE OVERALL PROBLEM, OR DO I
NEED TO DO THE INVESTIGATION?

Dan says NO, I HAVE THE ANSWER.

Stewart says OKAY, CAN YOU TELL ME
WHAT THE ANSWER IS?

Dan says 2,520.

Stewart says WELL, ANY TIME YOU GIVE ME AN
ANSWER, WHAT AM I GOING TO
ASK YOU AFTERWARDS?

Dan says I DON'T KNOW.

Stewart says WELL, HOW DID YOU GET IT?
TELL ME WHAT YOU DID.

Dan says TIMES IT BY...

Stewart says SEVEN TIMES SIX, TIMES FIVE,
TIMES FOUR, TIMES THREE.

Dan says NOW, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
EVERYTHING'S PERFECT SO FAR.
YOU BASICALLY SAID SEVEN TIMES
SIX TIMES FIVE TIMES FOUR
TIMES THREE.

Stewart says HOW COME?

Dan says I FORGET.

Stewart says OKAY, WHAT WE'LL DO IS...
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
YOUR ANSWER IS RIGHT, BUT I
WILL INVITE SOMEBODY ELSE TO
EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THIS IS THE
CORRECT ANSWER, BECAUSE IT IS.
OKAY, BACK TO ELGIN
AND SARAH OR LINDSEY.

Sarah says IT'S SARAH.

Stewart says HI, SARAH.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY
THIS IS WHAT YOU DO?

Sarah says BECAUSE THERE'S SEVEN...
WHEN YOU START, THERE CAN
BE SEVEN COLOURS FOR
THE FIRST RING.

Stewart says RIGHT.

Sarah says AND THEN FOR THE NEXT ONE,
YOU'VE ALREADY USED ONE,
SO THERE'S ONLY SIX.

Stewart says KEEP GOING.
EXPLAIN ALL THE WAY.

Sarah says FOR THE NEXT ONE, YOU HAVE...
YOU'VE ALREADY USED TWO
COLOURS SO THERE'S FIVE,
AND THEN THERE'S...
YOU'VE ALREADY USED THREE
COLOURS SO THE NEXT ONE,
THERE'S ONLY FOUR LEFT, AND
THEN FOR THE NEXT ONE, YOU'VE
USED FOUR AND THERE'S
ONLY THREE COLOURS LEFT.

Stewart says FANTASTIC.
YOU KNOW, WHAT I'VE GOT TO SAY
TO YOU, FIRST OF ALL, IT WAS A
REALLY CLEAR EXPLANATION AND I
COULD NEVER ASK FOR ANY BETTER
THAN THAT.
AND I'LL TELL YOU RIGHT NOW,
AND I THINK THIS SHOULD MAKE
YOU FEEL GOOD, THIS IS THE
KIND OF PROBLEM THAT IS DONE
IN FINITE MATHEMATICS AT THE
OAC LEVEL, AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
I HAVE RARELY HEARD A HIGH
SCHOOL STUDENT EXPLAIN THIS
PROBLEM AND ITS ANSWER
AS WELL AS YOU JUST HAVE.
THAT'S JUST GREAT.
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.
WELL, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON
TO THE NEXT PROBLEM BECAUSE,
AFTER ALL...
ACTUALLY, WE'RE DOING
REALLY, REALLY WELL HERE.
I'D LIKE TO SOLVE THIS ONE
FAIRLY QUICKLY, AND THEN
WE'RE GOING TO GET INTO
A QUICK DISCUSSION.
NOW, THIS PARTICULAR ONE,
THESE ARE TWO ANSWERS TO A
QUESTION, AND I'VE GOT TO
GET THE QUESTION UP HERE.
THERE IT IS.
NOW, I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU
THE GRAPHIC IN JUST A MOMENT,
BUT HERE'S WHAT
THE QUESTION IS.
NOW, I'VE ONLY PICKED APRIL
BECAUSE IT HAS 30 DAYS.
THAT'S THE ONLY
REASON I PICKED APRIL.
NOW, YOU'LL BE CHOOSING EITHER
ONE OR TWO, BUT LET'S GO BACK
TO THAT, HERE ARE THE
TWO POSSIBILITIES.
REMEMBER, YOU WANT AN
ALLOWANCE AND YOU WANT TO GET
AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN.
AND WOULDN'T IT BE WONDERFUL
IF YOU GOT 100 DOLLARS A
DAY FOR 30 DAYS?
OR WOULD YOU PREFER TO GET 5 DOLLARS
ON THE FIRST DAY, 10 DOLLARS ON THE
SECOND DAY, 15 DOLLARS
ON THE THIRD...
ON DAY NUMBER THREE AND EVERY
DAY, YOU GET 5 DOLLARS MORE THAN THE
PREVIOUS DAY?
NOW, QUESTION IS, WHICH ONE OF
THOSE TWO WOULD YOU PREFER?
SO WE'LL GO BACK TO
THE QUESTION ITSELF.
PUNCH ONE IF YOU THINK YOU
WOULD PREFER 100 DOLLARS A DAY.
PUNCH TWO IF YOU THINK YOU'D
PREFER 5 DOLLARS, THEN 10, THEN 15
AND SO ON.
I SEE THE ANSWERS ARE ROLLING
IN PRETTY QUICKLY HERE.
GREAT.
WE'RE ALREADY AT
70-SOME-ODD PERCENT.
THAT'S GREAT.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK
AT YOUR RESULTS.
THE MAJORITY OF YOU...

The graphic appears on screen. To the left, the green bar shows 12 and to the right, the pink bar shoes 24.

Stewart continues IN FACT, A RATIO OF ABOUT TWO
TO ONE WOULD PREFER TO GET 5 DOLLARS
ON THE FIRST DAY, 10 ON
THE SECOND AND SO ON.
LET'S GO BACK AND TAKE A
LOOK AT THIS, 100 DOLLARS A DAY.
IF YOU COULD PHONE IN RIGHT
NOW, MAYBE YOU CAN HELP ME
SOLVE THIS LITTLE PROBLEM.
WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS FIND
OUT YOUR TOTAL ALLOWANCE
FOR APRIL.
SURE, ABSOLUTELY.
IS IT... WHO
AM I SPEAKING TO?

Carrie says CARRIE.

Stewart says CARRIE AT ELGIN, RIGHT?
NOW, $100 A DAY.
HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU HAVE
AT THE END OF THE MONTH?

Carrie says THIRTY... 3,000.

Stewart says $3,000.
THINK THAT'S ALL
YOU HAVE TO TELL ME.
HEY, WOULD YOU LIKE
THAT ALLOWANCE?

Carrie says YEAH.

Stewart says YEAH, SO WOULD I.
ACTUALLY, I WISH I COULD GET
THAT ALLOWANCE, I'LL TELL YOU.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS TOTAL
IS GOING TO BE CLOSE TO?
DO YOU HAVE AN ESTIMATE?
IF YOU GOT $5 ON THE FIRST
DAY, $10 ON THE SECOND?
HAVE YOU GOT AN ESTIMATE?

Carrie says NO.

Stewart says NO, THAT'S A LITTLE
BIT TRICKY, ISN'T IT?

Carrie says YEAH.

Stewart says OKAY, I'M GOING TO SHOW
YOU AN INTERESTING...
OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE
ANOTHER CALL, AND WE'RE GOING
TO SEE WHAT THEY THINK THIS
TOTAL'S GOING TO BE AND THEN
MAYBE WE CAN WORK IT OUT.

A female caller says HELLO?

Stewart says HI.
YOU CHOSE NUMBER TWO
AS YOUR ANSWER, RIGHT?

A female caller says YEAH.

Stewart says NOW, CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT
WHAT YOU THINK THIS TOTAL
WOULD BE?

A female caller says A HUNDRED AND FIFTY.

Stewart says 150, LIKE IT'D BE MORE
THAN $150 TOTAL, RIGHT?

A female caller says YEAH.

Stewart says BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE
MORE THAN THIS, RIGHT?
AND THAT'S $3,000.
I WANT TO SHOW YOU A
LITTLE -- WHEN YOU SAY $150,
IS THAT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU GET
ON THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH?

A female caller says YEAH.

Stewart says OKAY, THAT'S RIGHT.
LET'S JUST TAKE A LOOK
AT SOMETHING HERE.
I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU
SOMETHING THAT'S KIND
OF INTERESTING.
IF I HAVE FIVE ON THE FIRST
DAY, 10 ON THE SECOND, 15 ON
THE THIRD, 20 ON THE
FOURTH, 25, 30 AND SO ON.
IF I KEPT WRITING THESE UNTIL
I WAS HALFWAY THROUGH THE
MONTH, I GET TO
$75 HERE, OKAY?

A female caller says YEAH.

Stewart says NOW, WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IS
I'M GOING TO REVERSE THE ORDER.
ON THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH,
YOU SAID YOU'D GET 150,
SO I'M GOING TO GO BACKWARDS.
SEE WHAT I'M DOING NOW?

A female caller says MM-HMM.

Stewart says AND I'M LINING THEM UP RIGHT
UNDERNEATH THE ONES ABOVE IT,
SO THIS ONE WOULD BE 135, THIS
ONE WOULD BE 130 AND SO ON,
AND THIS ONE
ACTUALLY WOULD BE 80.
NOW, TAKE A LOOK AT
WHAT HAPPENS HERE.
I'LL ADD THESE TWO TOGETHER,
AND EVERY TIME I GET
THE SAME NUMBER.
SEE THAT?

A female caller says MM-HMM.

Stewart says SO 155 EVERY TIME.
HOW MANY TIMES DOES THIS
OCCUR, THIS TOTAL OF 155?
HOW MANY TIMES DOES IT OCCUR?
REMEMBER HOW MANY...
WHAT WE DID IS WE WENT THROUGH
HALF THE MONTH AND THEN
BACKWARDS FOR HALF THE MONTH,
SO HOW MANY TIMES DOES THIS
TOTAL OCCUR?

A female caller says EVERY DAY?

Stewart says NOT EVERY DAY BUT AT
HALF THE DAYS, RIGHT?

A female caller says FIFTEEN?

Stewart says FIFTEEN.
NOW, 155 TIMES 15, DO YOU
WANT TO ESTIMATE THAT FOR ME?
CAN YOU ESTIMATE THAT?

A female caller says I CAN'T HEAR YOU.

Stewart says CAN YOU ESTIMATE
15 TIMES 155?

A female caller says NO.
[laughs]

Stewart says IF IT WAS 150 TIMES 15,
THAT'D BE PRETTY CLOSE,
BUT I'LL ACTUALLY
WORK IT OUT FOR YOU.
I KNOW I'M SQUEEZING
IT IN HERE.
SO I GUESS YOU WOULD PREFER
TO GET THIS ALLOWANCE,
WOULDN'T YOU?

A female caller says YES.

Stewart says OKAY, I'VE GOT ONE
MORE QUESTION LIKE THIS,
SO PLEASE BEAR WITH ME.
AND WE'RE GOING TO
PUT UP THIS QUESTION.
NOW, IT'S THE SAME QUESTION,
ISN'T IT, EXCEPT THAT I'VE
CHANGED THE NUMBERS.
SO TAKE A LOOK AT THE CAMERA.
I'M DOUBLING EACH TIME
IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE.
WHICH ALLOWANCE DO YOU WANT?
DO YOU WANT $100 A DAY, WHICH
WAS THE DEAL ON THE OTHER ONE,
OR DO YOU WANT
THIS ONE DOWN HERE?
HMM.
SO YOU GOT TWO CHOICES THERE.
IF YOU THINK $100 A DAY IS THE
ONE YOU WANT, YOU PUT ONE.
IF YOU THINK YOU WANT ONE CENT
ON THE FIRST DAY, TWO CENTS ON
THE SECOND, LET'S
SEE YOUR ANSWERS.

A graphic appears on screen. To the left, a green bar reads 28 and to the right, a pink bar reads 5.

Stewart continues WELL, YOU KNOW SOMETHING?
THERE'S NOT TOO MUCH DOUBT
THAT YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR
RESPONSES ENTIRELY.
EVERYBODY ALMOST WANTS $100 A
DAY, SO I'D LOVE TO TALK TO
SOMEBODY THAT ACTUALLY CHOSE
THE SECOND ANSWER, AND I CAN
SEE FIVE OF YOU OUT THERE.
AND LET'S SEE IF WE CAN GET
SOMEBODY THAT CHOSE THE SECOND
ANSWER, BECAUSE THIS LEADS
INTO THE ANSWER TO THE OTHER
PROBLEMS, WHICH I MAY TAKE UP
REALLY, REALLY QUITE QUICKLY.
BUT THIS IS FUNDAMENTALLY
THE SAME QUESTION AS THE ONE
INVOLVING THE 25 CHECKERS.
LET'S SEE, WE'RE
MAKING A CONNECTION.
TRILLIUM, AND I THINK WE'RE
GOING TO TALK TO DANIEL.
WE'RE WORKING ON A
CONNECTION, AS...
OKAY, THIS PERSON THAT WE'RE
CALLING RIGHT NOW ACTUALLY
CHOSE THE SECOND RESPONSE.
JOSHUA FROM TRILLIUM CHOSE THE
SECOND RESPONSE, AND WE SHOULD
BE CONNECTED IN JUST A MOMENT
OR TWO AND WE CAN TALK TO
JOSHUA BRIEFLY.

Joshua says HELLO.

Stewart says HI, JOSHUA.

Joshua says HELLO, HI.

Stewart says YOU CHOSE THE SECOND
RESPONSE, RIGHT?

Joshua says YEAH.

Stewart says DO YOU THINK YOU'D ACTUALLY
GET MORE MONEY WITH THIS ONE
CENT, TWO CENT BUSINESS?

Joshua says YEAH.

Stewart says DO YOU HAVE ANY
IDEA HOW MUCH MONEY?

Joshua says NO.

Stewart says OKAY, WHAT HAPPENS HERE IS IT
DOUBLES EVERY DAY, DOESN'T IT?

Joshua says YEAH.

Stewart says SO WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IS
I'M GOING TO ACTUALLY SHOW YOU
WHAT THE ACTUAL VALUE
IS GOING TO BE IN CENTS.
I'M NOT GOING TO WORRY
ABOUT THAT TOO MUCH.
SO I WONDER HOW MANY
CENTS THAT MIGHT BE.
I HAPPEN TO HAVE A PRETTY
POWERFUL CALCULATOR WITH ME
TODAY, SO WHAT I'M GOING TO DO
IS I'M GOING TO PUT IT ON AND
I'M GOING TO CALCULATE THAT.
AND HERE'S WHAT WE HAVE.
NOW, REMEMBER
THIS IS IN CENTS.
REMEMBER, YOU HAD
$3,000 UP HERE.
ALL RIGHT, LET'S TAKE A
LOOK IN CENTS, THIS ONE.
I'M GOING TO CHANGE
IT TO DOLLARS.
THIS IS $10,737,418... OR,
EXCUSE ME, $10,737,418.23.
NOW, WHICH ALLOWANCE
WOULD YOU PREFER?
YOU WERE ABSOLUTELY
RIGHT, JOSHUA.
YOU PICKED THE BIG
ONE, $10 MILLION.
ARE YOU SURPRISED?
OKAY, I'M NOT GOING TO
TAKE ANYMORE CALLS AT
THIS POINT, AND IN FACT,
I'M GOING TO REALLY, REALLY
BRIEFLY JUST TALK ABOUT
THE COUPLE OF LAST PROBLEMS
BECAUSE I REALLY NEED
TO WRAP UP THE SHOW WITH
THE MYSTERY.
SO WHEN YOU'RE DOING THE
GRAINS OF RICE, BASICALLY
WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE,
IT'S THE SAME PROBLEM AS
THE ALLOWANCE.
EVERY TIME YOU DOUBLE, SO THIS
WOULD BE EIGHT, THIS WOULD BE
16 AND SO ON.
IF YOU CONTINUE THIS TO THE
25th DAY, YOUR ANSWER WOULD BE
THIS DOWN AT THE BOTTOM,
WHICH IS 16,777,216.
SO THIS IS THE PATTERN
FOR THE GRAINS.
NOW, ONE OF THE THINGS I
DID ASK IS FOR THE PART C
QUESTION, WHICH IS THREE PART
C, IS IF YOU WERE TO WORK IT
OUT, THIS IS HOW MANY
MILLIMETRES YOU WOULD HAVE.
IF YOU CHANGED THAT TO METRES
AND ROUND IT OFF, IT WOULD BE
THIS MANY METRES, AND WOULD
BE THIS MANY KILOMETRES.
NOW, JUST TO GIVE YOU A SENSE
OF HOW BIG THAT NUMBER IS,
IT'S ABOUT 350,000 KILOMETRES
FROM HERE TO THE MOON, SO IN
FACT, THE STACK OF GRAIN OF
RICE WOULD BE BIGGER THAN THE
DISTANCE TO THE MOON BY ALMOST
50 PERCENT, OR MORE THAN
50 PERCENT.
SO I'M NOT GOING TO WORRY TOO
MUCH ABOUT THOSE QUESTIONS
BECAUSE WE KIND OF DEALT WITH
IT WHEN I DEALT WITH THE
ALLOWANCE PROBLEM.
WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO IS I
DID INVITE YOU TO PHONE IN
AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU
SEE IN THE NIGHT SKY.
SO IF ANYBODY AT ALL GOT A
CHANCE TO GO OUT ON FEBRUARY
10th, 11th OR 12th
ABOUT 8:30 P.M.
AND LOOK NORTH AND A LITTLE
BIT TO THE EAST, PHONE IN
AND TELL ME WHAT YOU SAW.
AND WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS
THAT A LITTLE WEE BIT, AND
THEN I'VE GOT BOTH SARAH
AND DANIEL ON THE LINE.
THEY'RE WAITING FOR ME.
IN A MINUTE OR TWO,
WE'RE GOING TO CONNECT.
SO WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO A
COUPLE OF KIDS FIRST, AND THEN
WE'RE GOING TO TALK
TO SARAH AND DANIEL.
HI, PERCY.

Percy says HI.

Stewart says WERE YOU ABLE TO GO OUTSIDE
AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE SKY?

Percy says YEAH.

Stewart says WHAT DID YOU SEE?

Percy says I FOUND A NEW BABY STAR
AND ONE SHOOTING STAR.

Stewart says YOU SAW THE SHOOTING STAR.
YOU DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING IN
PARTICULAR IN THAT LOCATION
OTHER THAN THE
SHOOTING STAR, EH?

Percy says AND AN AIRPLANE.

Stewart says OKAY, THAT'S GREAT.
I'M GLAD YOU TRIED.
LET'S SEE WHAT ELSE.
WE'VE GOT SOME MORE
PEOPLE TO PHONE IN.
LET'S FIND OUT
WHAT ELSE THEY SAW.
SO FAR, WE'VE SEEN A SHOOTING
STAR, AN AIRPLANE AND,
HEY, MAYBE THAT'S WHAT THE
WHOLE THING WAS ABOUT.
WE'RE GOING TO
SARAH FROM TRILLIUM.
AND WE'LL BE CONNECTED.
THERE'S SARAH.
HI, SARAH.

Sarah says HI.

Stewart says WERE YOU ABLE TO LOOK OUTSIDE
ON THAT PARTICULAR NIGHT?

Sarah says YEAH.

Stewart says WHAT DID YOU SEE?

Sarah says THREE AIRPLANES IN A ROW.

Stewart says THREE AIRPLANES IN A
ROW, THAT'S INTERESTING.
NOTHING ELSE IN THE NIGHT
SKY THAT CAUGHT YOUR EYE?

Sarah says I SAW THE SHOOTING STAR.

Stewart says OKAY, HEY, THE... WELL,
MAYBE THAT'S THE ANSWER.
IT'S BEGINNING TO SOUND
LIKE IT'S PRETTY COMMON.
LET'S TRY TYLER FROM ELGIN.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SARAH.

Tyler says HI.

Stewart says HI, TYLER.
IS IT TYLER OR CARRIE?

Tyler says HELLO?

Stewart says WHO AM I SPEAKING TO?
IS IT CARRIE OR TYLER?

Tyler says TYLER.

Stewart says OKAY, WHAT DID YOU SEE
WHEN YOU WENT OUTSIDE
ON FEBRUARY 11th?

Tyler says I DIDN'T SEE REALLY ANYTHING.

Stewart says OKAY, WE'LL GO
TO ANOTHER CALLER.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
WE'RE GOING BACK TO USBORNE,
AND IT LOOKS LIKE IT'LL
BE JEFF OR ERIC.

Eric says HELLO?

Stewart says HI, IS IT JEFF OR ERIC?

Eric says ERIC.

Stewart says OKAY, ERIC, WHAT DID YOU SEE?

Eric says I SAW A GROUP
OF LITTLE STARS.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT
IT WAS, BUT...

Stewart says OKAY.
A GROUP OF LITTLE STARS.
WAS IT A CONSTELLATION?

Eric says PARDON?

Stewart says WAS IT A CONSTELLATION?

Eric says YEAH.

Stewart says YOU DON'T KNOW
WHICH ONE, THOUGH?

Eric says NO.

Stewart says OKAY, GREAT.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING A LOOK.
WE'RE GOING TO CONNECT AT
LEAST TO ONE OR TWO MORE, AND
THEN WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT
WHAT THE ANSWER MIGHT HAVE BEEN.
OKAY, SAVANNAH OR JESSIE.
HI.

Savannah says SAVANNAH.

Stewart says HI, SAVANNAH.
WHAT DID YOU SEE?

Savannah says PARDON?

Stewart says WHAT DID YOU SEE?
DID YOU GO OUT --

Savannah says I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING, BUT
I THINK I KNOW WHAT YOU
WERE SUPPOSED TO SEE.

Stewart says WHAT WERE... WHAT WERE
WE SUPPOSED TO SEE?

Savannah says I DON'T KNOW.

Stewart says TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK.
YES, I'M ALL FOR THIS.

Savannah says JUPITER AND VENUS?

Stewart says JUPITER AND VENUS.
OKAY, MAYBE THEY'RE IN
THAT LOCATION AS WELL.
I'M NOT SO SURE ABOUT THAT,
BUT WE CAN CHECK THAT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND WE'RE
GOING TO GO TO ONE MORE CALLER
HERE FROM USBORNE.

Jennifer says HELLO?

Stewart says HI, IS IT JENNIFER?

Jennifer says YEAH.

Stewart says WHAT DID YOU SEE?

Jennifer says A SHOOTING STAR.

Stewart says AGAIN, THAT SHOOTING STAR.
YOU KNOW SOMETHING?

Jennifer says AND I THINK I SAW ONE OF
THOSE SPACE... SPACE THINGS.

Stewart says OKAY, ONE OF THE SATELLITES
THAT MAY HAVE BEEN GOING
THROUGH THE SKY, RIGHT?

Jennifer says YEAH.

Stewart says OKAY, DID YOU SEE ANY
CONSTELLATIONS?

Jennifer says MM-HMM.

Stewart says DO YOU KNOW WHICH ONE?

Jennifer says NO.

Stewart says OKAY, I'M GOING TO TAKE ONE
MORE CALL AND THEN I'VE GOT TO
TALK TO SARAH AND DANIEL
AND SEE WHAT THEY SAW.
AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THERE
WAS ONE OTHER CLUE IN THE
MYSTERY THAT WAS BURIED
IN THERE THAT YOU MAY OR
MAY NOT HAVE SEEN.
SO WE'RE GOING TO GO
BACK TO ELGIN AVENUE.
OKAY, AND WE'RE CALLING OUT
TO JASON... AND I CAN'T READ
THE OTHER NAME.
HELLO.
HAVE WE GOT SOMEBODY
ON THE LINE?

Jason says YEAH, HELLO.

Stewart says IS IT JASON?

Jason says YEAH.

Stewart says DID YOU GET A CHANCE
TO LOOK OUTSIDE?

Jason says NO.

Stewart says OKAY, WELL, THANK YOU
VERY MUCH, JASON.
I THINK WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO
AT THIS POINT IS WE'RE GOING
TO HAVE OUR CONVERSATION WITH
SARAH AND DANIEL AND SEE WHAT
THEY SAW.
YOU KNOW, WE'VE TALKED TO A
LOT OF YOU AROUND ONTARIO AND,
YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING.
THEY'VE SEEN SOME THINGS AND I
DON'T REALLY WANT TO LET THE
CAT OUT OF THE BAG FOR YOU AND
DANIEL, BUT MAYBE YOU CAN TELL
ME WHAT YOU THINK THE MEANING
OF THESE MATHEMATICAL CLUES
WAS, AND I'M TALKING
TO SARAH RIGHT NOW.

Sarah says FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE TO TELL
YOU THAT I'VE NEVER HAD TO
WORK SO HARD IN ALL MY LIFE.
MATH IS FAR FROM BEING MY
FAVOURITE SUBJECT AND I'VE
ALWAYS FOUND IT TEDIOUS AND
BORING, BUT THESE CHALLENGES
PROVED TO ME THAT MATH IS
FAR MORE THAN JUST
NUMBER CRUNCHING.
AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I
ACTUALLY HAD SOME FUN
DOING THIS STUFF.
WHY DON'T YOU ASK
DANIEL WHAT HE THOUGHT?

Stewart says WELL, HEY, DANIEL, WHAT DID
YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THESE
MATH PROBLEMS THAT YOU'VE BEEN
DOING FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS?

Daniel says WELL, I HATE TO ADMIT THAT
SARAH'S RIGHT, BUT I ENJOYED
HAVING TO THINK WHEN
I DO MATHEMATICS.
I REALIZED THAT SOLANGE AND
SIMON WERE REALLY HELPFUL AND
BOTH SARAH AND I THANK THEM.

Stewart says BACK TO MY ORIGINAL QUESTION.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE
CLUES REALLY MEANT?

Sarah says WELL, EACH ASSIGNMENT GAVE
US A COORDINATE, AN EIGHT
DIMENSIONAL SPACE.

Stewart says I DON'T...
I UNDERSTAND ONE, MAYBE
TWO OR THREE DIMENSIONS.
EIGHT DIMENSIONAL SPACE?

Daniel says WELL, IT'S REALLY
VERY SIMPLE.
IT'S AN ADDRESS SYSTEM WHICH
REQUIRES EIGHT DISTINCT PIECES
OF INFORMATION IN ORDER THAT
OUR PATH WILL INTERSECT WITH
OUR INTENDED DESTINY.

Stewart says ADDRESS SYSTEM!
CAN YOU BE MORE EXPLICIT?

Sarah says YES.
WE WERE TO GO TO COORDINATES X
EQUALS 8.3 AND Y EQUALS 3.9
AT 8:30 P.M. ON
FEBRUARY 11th.
WHEN THERE, WE WERE SUPPOSED
TO LOOK INTO THE SKY IN THE
DIRECTION NORTH 22 POINT 4 DEGREES
EAST AND AT 20 DEGREES
ANGLE OF ELEVATION.

Stewart says NOW, JUST BEFORE WE GO THERE,
I'M GOING TO COME BACK TO THE
GRAPHICS CAMERA AND
I'VE GOT THAT ADDRESS
LISTED OUT HERE.
NOTICE THAT THERE ARE EIGHT
DIFFERENT THINGS YOU NEEDED TO
KNOW TO DO THIS, AND IF YOU'RE
WRITING THIS MATHEMATICALLY,
IT'S CALLED AN ORDERED
OCTUPLET, AND HERE IT IS DOWN
AT THE BOTTOM.
BUT NOW WE CAN...
LET'S GO ON AND SO WHAT
WAS YOUR DESTINY, DANIEL?

Daniel says WE WERE A BIT WORRIED THAT
OUR HOPES WOULD BE DASHED,
BECAUSE THERE WERE
MANY CLOUDS IN THE SKY.
JUST AS THE APPOINTED HOUR WAS
ABOUT TO PASS, WE COULD HEAR A
WOLF HOWL OFF IN THE DISTANCE
AND THE CLOUDS PARTED IN THE
DIRECTION WE WERE
SUPPOSED TO LOOK.

Stewart says WELL, WHAT DID YOU SEE?

Sarah says IT WAS URSA MAJOR, THE BIG
DIPPER, STANDING STRAIGHT UP.

Stewart says OH, HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT
THIS WAS THE IMAGE THAT YOU
WOULD RELATE TO YOUR ELDERS?
HOW DID YOU KNOW
THIS WAS THE ANSWER?

Daniel says WELL, IT WAS THE
MATH THAT TOLD US.
JUST AFTER WE SAW THE GREAT
CONSTELLATION, I TOOK ONE MORE
LOOK AT THE MAP.
I CONNECTED THE COORDINATES
OF THE PLACES WHERE THE
CHALLENGES WERE HIDDEN IN
THE ORDER WE VISITED THEM.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE PICTURE
OF URSA MAJOR EMERGED.
I KNEW THEN WE HAD SOLVED
THE MYSTERY OF THE LEGEND.

Stewart says FANTASTIC.
NOW, I HAVE TO CONGRATULATE
YOU ON BECOMING FULL MEMBERS
OF THE TRIBE.
THIS IS FANTASTIC.

Sarah says THANK YOU, Mr. C, AND PLEASE
THANK ALL THE STUDENTS FROM
ACROSS ONTARIO FOR GIVING
US A WHOLE LOT OF GUIDANCE.

Daniel says I THINK BOTH SARAH AND I ARE
VERY GRATEFUL BECAUSE WE NOW
BOTH KNOW HOW IMPORTANT
MATH IS TO US.
IN MATH CLASS AND IN OUR
FUTURE JOBS, WE'LL CONTINUE
TO ENJOY ALL OUR
MATHEMATICAL CHALLENGES.

Stewart says WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
BOTH TO YOU, SARAH AND DANIEL,
FOR JOINING US AND I'M GOING
TO GO BACK AND TALK TO THE
KIDS AND TELL THEM
ABOUT THIS DISCOVERY.
WELL, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
WELL, WHAT THEY FOUND WAS,
IS THAT IT WAS URSA MAJOR.
NOW, WHAT'S URSA MAJOR AGAIN?
IF YOU WANT TO PHONE IN AND
CHAT WITH ME FOR A SECOND OR
TWO AND TELL ME IF YOU
ACTUALLY DID SEE THE
BIG DIPPER, DID YOU SEE THE BIG
DIPPER WHEN YOU WERE LOOKING
IN THE SKY, IN THAT DIRECTION?
AND WE'LL TAKE ONE CALL
ANYWAY, AND WE GOT EITHER
CRAIG OR SEAN FROM USBORNE.
WHO AM I SPEAKING TO?
IS IT CRAIG OR SEAN?

Sean Craig says PARDON?

Stewart says WHO AM I SPEAKING
TO, CRAIG OR SEAN?

Sean Craig says THIS IS SEAN CRAIG.

Stewart says OH, I'VE DONE THAT
AGAIN, HAVEN'T I?

Sean Craig says YEAH.

Stewart says OH, I, I FEEL SO
GUILTY ABOUT THAT.
YOU KNOW, IT'S...
I'M SO USED TO HAVING TWO
NAMES THAT ARE DISTINCT ON THE
LIST, AND YOUR NAMES ACTUALLY
CAN BE USED AS FIRST NAMES
IN BOTH CASES.
I APOLOGIZE, I REALLY DO.
ANYWAY, DID YOU
SEE URSA MAJOR?

Sean Craig says PARDON?

Stewart says DID YOU SEE THE BIG DIPPER?
DID YOU GET A CHANCE
TO GO OUTSIDE?

Sean Craig says I CAN'T HEAR YOU.

Stewart says I WAS ASKING IF YOU HAD
A CHANCE TO GO OUTSIDE ON
FEBRUARY THE 11th, AND DID YOU
SEE THE BIG DIPPER, IF YOU DID?

Sean Craig says NO, I ONLY SAW CLOUDS.

Stewart says YOU ONLY SAW CLOUDS.
WELL, THAT WAS TOO BAD.
I'LL TAKE ONE MORE CALL.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SEAN.
AND JEFF OR ERIC?

Eric says THIS IS ERIC.

Stewart says OKAY, ERIC.
NOW, DID YOU SEE
THE BIG DIPPER?

Eric says PARDON?

Stewart says DID YOU SEE THE BIG DIPPER,
BY ANY CHANCE, WHEN YOU
WENT OUTSIDE?

Eric says YEAH, I THINK SO.

Stewart says YEAH, IF YOU SAW IT, IT WOULD
HAVE BEEN VERTICAL IN THE SKY
WITH THE LADLE PART
RIGHT AT THE TOP.
NOW, WHAT I'M GOING TO
DO RIGHT NOW IS I HAVE A
POWERPOINT IMAGE FOR YOU THAT
SHOWS YOU A WEBSITE THAT YOU
MIGHT BE INTERESTED
IN VISITING.
HERE IT IS.

A blue screen appears with the silhouette of a man with a yellow bulb over his head. Below a caption reads “Star Charts: www.calweb.com/~mcharvey/index.html.”

Stewart continues IT'S CALLED STAR CHARTS, AND
IT'S WWW.CALWEB, AND WE'RE
JUST MOVING IT UP RIGHT NOW
AS WE TALK SO WE CAN SEE THE
WHOLE THING.
NOW, THIS IS A WEBSITE THAT
YOU MAY WANT TO COPY DOWN.
IN THE MEANTIME, WHAT
WE'RE GOING TO DO IS GO
TO THE HOME PAGE.

The homepage appears on screen with a title that reads “Galactic Sky Charts.” Stewart scrolls down to show the website content.

Stewart continues THERE IT IS, AND YOU KNOW
WHAT'S SO NEAT ABOUT THIS
IS THAT YOU COULD PICK A
TIME AND A PLACE AND A DATE,
AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY GO THROUGH
THE WHOLE BUSINESS OF LOOKING
AT THE SKY IN ANY DIRECTION,
TO THE NORTH, TO THE SOUTH.
YOU WOULDN'T EVEN ACTUALLY
HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE TO SEE WHAT
THE KIDS WERE LOOKING FOR.
SO IF YOU GET A CHANCE, MAYBE
YOU CAN VISIT THAT WEBSITE.
AT THE END OF THE PROGRAM,
WHAT I MAY DO IS BRING THAT
WEBSITE ADDRESS UP ONE MORE
TIME SO THAT YOU CAN
WRITE IT DOWN AS YOU'RE
LEAVING THE CLASS.
WE'VE COME TO THE POINT IN
THE SHOW WHERE WE ARE JUST
WRAPPING UP FOR THE LAST TIME,
AND I HAVE A NUMBER OF THANK
YOUS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE
AND MAYBE WE CAN SQUEEZE IN A
CALL OR TWO BEFORE A QUARTER
TO, BUT I WANT TO THANK A
BUNCH OF PEOPLE BEFORE I GO.
THAT INCLUDES PEOPLE LIKE
DAVID, WHO MAKES SURE THAT I
GET MY SCRIPTS PUT TOGETHER.
AND THEN I HAVE, IN THE
CONTROL ROOM, HAMISH AND
LARRY, AND THEY KEEP ME
STRAIGHT IN TERMS OF THE
TECHNICAL STUFF.
UPSTAIRS, THERE'S LAURIE WHO
IS IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION
WITH YOUR TEACHERS
AND FACILITATORS.
AND, OF COURSE, THE TWO STARS
OF THE SHOW, DANIEL AND SARAH,
WHO ARE DONE BY MICHAEL AND
LYNN, AND I COULDN'T DO THESE
SHOWS WITHOUT HAVING SOMEBODY
TO HELP ME OUT IN TERMS OF
DOING THE ROLE PLAYS.
THERE ARE LOTS OF OTHER PEOPLE
INVOLVED IN THE SHOW THAT ARE
BEHIND THE SCENES, AND I KNOW
I HAVEN'T NAMED EVERYBODY,
BUT WITHOUT THEM,
WE COULDN'T DO IT.
SO I WOULD LIKE THANK THEM.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU
AND YOUR TEACHERS AND YOUR
FACILITATORS FOR BEING
INVOLVED AND HAVING SOME FUN
WITH THIS, AND I HOPE YOU GOT
SOME MATH OUT OF IT, AND IT'S
BEEN REALLY, REALLY GREAT.
WE'VE GOT A COUPLE OF CALLS,
SO WE'LL TAKE THEM RIGHT NOW.
HI, IS IT ALICIA?

Alicia says HELLO?

Stewart says HELLO, WHO AM I SPEAKING TO?

Alicia says THIS IS ALICIA.

Stewart says OKAY, HAVE YOU GOT A
COMMENT OR A QUESTION?

Alicia says YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW THOSE
QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAD FOR
CHALLENGE NUMBER ONE, CHAPTER
FOUR AND STUFF LIKE THAT?

Stewart says YES.

Alicia says COULD YOU SHOW THOSE
QUESTIONS AGAIN BECAUSE
MOST OF US DIDN'T GET THEM.

Stewart says OKAY, WHICH QUESTION...
THAT'S CHALLENGE NUMBER?

Alicia says CHALLENGE NUMBER
FOUR, FIVE AND SIX.

Stewart says OKAY, CAN YOU TELL ME
WHAT THE QUESTIONS WERE,
BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE
THEM IN FRONT OF ME?

Alicia says OH, CHALLENGE NUMBER FOUR
SAYS, IF THE ANSWERS TO
QUESTION NUMBER
THREE IS ODD --

Stewart says OKAY, I'VE GOT YOU.

Alicia says YEAH.

Stewart says WHAT I CAN DO IS,
ACTUALLY, I THINK I DO
HAVE THE ANSWERS HERE.

Alicia says OKAY.

Stewart says I'M NOT QUITE...
CHALLENGE NUMBER FOUR,
THE ANSWER IS P.M.
BECAUSE THE ANSWER TO THE
QUESTION IN THE CHALLENGE WAS
AN EVEN NUMBER, SO IT ENDED
UP BEING P.M., AND I THINK
THE ANSWER WAS 30.
SO THAT'S THE ONE YOU'RE
TALKING ABOUT RIGHT THERE.

Alicia says YEAH.

Stewart says IT LED YOU TO A P.M.

Alicia says OKAY.

Stewart says OKAY, THANK YOU.
WE'LL TAKE ONE MORE CALL
BEFORE WE WRAP UP ANYWAY.
AND LET'S SEE, WHO
AM I SPEAKING TO?
ELGIN AVENUE.

Alyssa says ALYSSA.

Stewart says YES, HI, ALYSSA.
HAVE YOU GOT A
QUESTION OR A COMMENT?

Alyssa says A BOY IN OUR CLASS SAID THAT
HE SAW IN THE NEWSPAPER THAT
YOU COULD SEE JUPITER
AND VENUS IN THE SKY.

Stewart says AND I BELIEVE IT.
I'M NOT SAYING THAT THEY
WEREN'T IN THE SAME GENERAL
LOCATION, BUT I WAS
FOCUSING ON THE BIG DIPPER.
BUT THEY COULD
HAVE BEEN THERE.
FACT IS, IF YOU WANT TO CHECK
THAT WEBSITE, YOU MAY FIND OUT
THAT THAT'S QUITE TRUE.

Alyssa says OKAY.

Stewart says THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
CALLING, AND WE'LL TAKE ONE
MORE CALL, AND THIS MAY WELL
WRAP IT UP BECAUSE WE'RE GOING
PAST A QUARTER TO.
IT'S FROM TRILLIUM, AND
I THINK IT'S DAVID.
AND WE'LL BE CONNECTED
IN JUST A SECOND OR TWO.
HELLO, DAVID.
ARE YOU THERE, DAVID?

David says HELLO?

Stewart says HI.
A QUESTION OR A
COMMENT, DAVID?

David says WE'RE SAYING BYE
FROM TRILLIUM.

Stewart says WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I REALLY ENJOYED WORKING
WITH TRILLIUM, AND IT'S BEEN
FANTASTIC HAVING YOU ON BOARD.
AND THAT'S TRUE OF USBORNE AND
ELGIN AS WELL.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I APPRECIATE THAT.
WELL, I THINK I'LL
CLOSE OFF FOR NOW.
WE'RE JUST GOING OVER TIME AND
I HAVE ANOTHER SHOW TO DO IN
ABOUT 12 MINUTES, SO I GOT
TO GET MYSELF PSYCHED UP
FOR THAT.
I'VE HAD A GREAT TIME WITH
YOU, AND I HOPE YOU DID ENJOY
THE SERIES.
SO LONG FROM THE
VIRTUAL CLASSROOM.

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