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# Math on TV

## Futurama math

## Golden Balls: Split or Steal

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There may not be a whole lot of math involved, but social scientists have studied the game. See the paper “Split or Steal? Cooperative Behavior When the Stakes are Large“.
## Big Bang Theory xxx Parody

## Old School – math question

## The Office – Math Fail

## Balloon boy fail (do the math)

## Math Teachers at Play 17

## Look around you maths

## New Numb3rs season starts Friday!

The joke is… that both vans are the same number – there is no difference in what news channel you watch as they’re all the same (and irrational)!

This is an interesting tv show. Golden Balls is a British daytime game show. At the end of the show the contestants have to make one last decision over the final jackpot. They are each presented with two golden balls. One has “split” printed inside it and the other has “steal” printed inside it:

- If both contestants choose the split ball, the jackpot is split equally between them.
- If one contestant chooses the split ball and the other chooses the steal ball, the stealer gets all the money and the splitter leaves empty-handed.
- If both contestants choose the steal ball, they both leave empty-handed.

It is similar to the prisoner’s dilemma in game theory, however, in this game the players are allowed to communicate. In North America, you might have seen the show “Friend or Foe?” which is quite similar.

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There may not be a whole lot of math involved, but social scientists have studied the game. See the paper “Split or Steal? Cooperative Behavior When the Stakes are Large“.

If you like The Big Bang Theory, you might like this youtube parody video:

“When four geniuses (Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, & Howard) realize that the only boobs they ever see are in their Slavegirl Space Princess wet dreams, they do the math and cum up with an equation for attracting horny young women! With a huge comic-book convention coming up, they only have a short amount of time to try out the formula on their beautiful blonde neighbor Penny, their hot co-workers, and slutty cosplay girls. Will they have enough time to find some good Mario costumes for the show?”

I just watched that movie called Old School (yes it’s from 2003). They had a nice math question during the movie. It was as follows:

Which of the following is a generally accepted graphical technique for determining first order system parameters?

a) Harriot’s method of solving cubics

b) Pythagorean triplets

c) The migration method of graphing quadratic functions?

You can see the clip over at Oliver Knill’s site: mathematics in movies.

**One of my favorite parts of the tv show “The Office”:
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Ya so I keep hearing about this balloon boy… although I haven’t actually read any news articles on it, so based on headlines I keep seeing this is what I suspect happened:

– Richard Heene makes experimental helium balloon

– Heene & wife freakout since their “son” may be in the basket

– crapload of publicity, balloon comes down, son not in there

– son was actually in the Heene house attic all along

– 4chan delivers pizza to balloon boy

– news now reporting the stunt was a hoax

– charges filed against Heene

So what does this have anything to do with math? Well I came across this post about someone doing the “math behind the balloon boy story“. Basically they do some fancy calculations to see if it was ever possible for such a crappy balloon to lift a small boy:

“Was it ever even possible that a 20′ x 5′ helium balloon could lift

the weight of a six-year-old to 8,000 feet MSL? Let’s take a look at

some numbers. Taking Falcon Heene’s father at his reported word, the

balloon that news helicopters followed for two hours Thursday (because

they thought Falcon was aboard) was 20 feet by five feet. We don’t know

if that included the compartment at the bottom — so let’s be

conservative and assume it did not.”

You can find the rest of the post here.

The mathrecreation blog just posted Math Teachers at Play 17 (well on Oct 15th, so I’m a few days late). You can find lots of humour (umm… or humor as they said on their site)… movies, activities, and MATH!!

As quoted:

“There is plenty of humor, a few movies, some great activities and explorations, and lots of math inMath Teachers at Play 17.

Hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did. Thanks to everyone who

submitted posts or answered my requests to include their work.”

Go check it out NOW and enjoy all the links, there is a lot of them so it should keep you busy for quite some time.

This British comedy show is hilarious. It’s called “Look Around You” and the second epsidoe is about “Maths”. Check it out on youtube (at least for now):

Quote from the show (but you really have to watch it to put it in perspective!!):

“Narrator: What’s the largest number you can think of ?

Person 1: 100,000

Person 2: 999,000

Person 3: a million!

Narrator: In actual fact it’s neither of these. The largest number is

about 45 billion, although mathematicians suspect there may be even

larger numbers!“

And one of the problems they presented:

“Narrator: Eight ladies go to eight shops at eight o’clock in the morning. Each

lady wants to buy eight spiders. For each spider, eight spider shoes

must also be bought. But they only have eight pounds between them. With

each spider costing eight pence and each spider shoe costing an eighth

pence each, will the ladies have enough change for the bus ride home? A

journey costing eight pence per stop and made up of eight stops.“

Check out the wiki entry for more information.

The sixth season will premiere Friday September 25.

Numb3rs an American television drama, which premiered on January 23, 2005 on CBS. The series was created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton, and follows FBI Special Agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) and his mathematical genius brother, Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz), who helps Don solve crimes for the FBI. Numb3rs is produced by brothers Ridley and Tony Scott and it’s production company is Scott Free Productions and CBS Television Studios.

The show focuses equally on the relationships between Don Eppes, his

brother Charlie Eppes and their father, Alan Eppes (Judd Hirsch), and

on the brothers’ efforts to fight crime, normally in Los Angeles. A

typical episode begins with a crime, which is subsequently investigated

by a team of FBI agents led by Don and mathematically described by

Charlie, with the help of Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol) and Amita

Ramanujan (Navi Rawat). The insights provided by Charlie’s mathematics

are always in some way crucial to solving the crime.

See the wiki entry for more info.