# Boards

## Maths EggHeads, Answer My Baffling Question

No, don't hover your mouse over this thread, ENTER it.

Right, now you're here, I have a Maths question. I was set 7 out of 8 at school for Maths. I got a C in GCSE by a miracle. Numbers confuse me.

So I have a neice who is 5. I am 30. Therefore I am 6 times older than her exactly (for argument's sake). But when she is 10, I'll be 35 and only 3.5 times older than her.

HOW DOES THIS WORK? Surely I should always be the same amount older than her?

Maths = ghay.

## You can't honestly be honestly seriously serious, can you?

## Yeah

I got another one about gravity too that hurts my head.

Guess what, as a job I'm an ANALYST, dealing with NUMBERS.

## If

a train leaves Swansea at 9.23, and another leaves the same location at the same speed at 9.48, that second train will always be 25 minutes behind the other train no matter how many minutes pass in the interim. If you assume that they both have infinite fuel and an everlasting track, they will continue on forever and never be more or less than 25 minutes apart.

However, in reality, that first train will one day grow fat and old. This will probably lead to a heart attack, and the train will die. The second train might continue on the journey and, one day, pass the rotting corpse of the first train that has been left on the tracks because it grew old and smelled funny, and no-one cared for it any more.

You're the first train, by the way.

Hope this helps

## Stupid train

## Sometimes, there's a buffet cart.

It's not all bad

## yeah, but the only sandwiches they've got left

are egg and cress.

## You should have done yourself a lunchbox

## i like that answer

## careful, you dont want to damage his self esteam

## You've got pretty much the same job,

on exactly the same single-spine point as me, I think.

## what is the gravity one please?

i'm looking forward to this...

## *facepalm*

## I still don't hear an explanation

## Because... (I'm rubbish at explaining things by the way)

At her lowly age of 5 every time she gets a year older, she is much older in percantage terms. When you get a year older, it's a lot less older in percantage terms. Get it?

Another way of thinking about it is this: if you keep doubling a number it doesn't go up by the same amount each time because the new higher amount is added on. 2,4,8,16,32 etc.

So, the amount of times you are older than her will decrease but the age difference won't.

Does this make any sense, I don't know.

## Galacticstar3ruption:

36% OLD

## You’ve made that much more complicated than it needs to be.

Basically, he’s 25 years older than his niece. This difference in age will never change as an absolute. However, as a relative figure it will. At the moment, 25 years is five-sixths of your age. At some point 25 years will be four-fifths (when you’re 31 and a quarter), three-quarters (33 and a third), two-thirds (37 and a half), and one half of your age (when you’re 50).

## Welcome to FAIL

Population: You.

## It’s because time seems to pass quicker, the older you get.

## Thought so.

## the answer has nothing to do with maths

it is that you do not get older progessively quicker as the years go by. this would be ridiculous.

That you are 6 times older than her is a bit of a misnomer, the only steady comparisson between your ages is that there is always 25 years between you.

Just relax, dude

## I WILL ALWAYS BE 15 TIMES WORSE THAN CHEESE

## i resign

## So, this is the greatest thread ever made on DiS.

## but tomorrow it will be the 1/2th greatest thread

then on friday it will be the 1/3th greatest thread, then on Saturday it will be the 1/4th greatest thread, then on sunday it will be the 1/5th greatest thread, but then when you addthem up you have too much of a good thread!

## I do my best

## I was hoping for something I could get my teach into

You know - different sizes of infinity (they aren't all the same people!), imaginary numbers, non-boolean algebra...

All I see here is fail.

## *my teeth into

I said I was good at maths.

I never said I could write.

## Teach into works better because you came here to teach!

## I've got an imaginary number for ya:

#()

## Looks like an ape wearing an eye-patch

## thanks for that

I'll put it on the shelf next to the square root of minus 1.

## Dermot quit the beeb

## *pats head*

If you stayed 6 times older than her at all times you would have to age 6 years for every year she aged.