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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross


Never Been Kissed (1999)

Josie (Drew Barrymore) is a reporter on her first undercover assignment posing as a highschool student. Being a nerd herself, she first makes friends with some of the schools nerdy student.

JOSIE: Now, how old am I?
Nerd: Oh, approximately 6350 days old. Now, that’s subject for adjustment for date of birth.

ALDYS: JOSIE how are you at calculus?
JOSIE: I’m good.
ALDYS: How would you like to join the denominators?
Song: three times ten is thirty, three times nine is twenty-seven, … , and three times one is three, of course.

pi poster

Song accompanying some IQ competition:
Now pick the pattern once more: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18,…