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As mentioned above, when January 20th falls on a Sunday the public ceremony is moved

to Monday, January 21. In what year, will the next January 21st inauguration be held?
The 2009 inauguration is expected to see record levels of attendance. Lyndon B
Johnson’s inauguration currently holds the record for attendance at 1.2 million people.
Originally, attendance for the 2009 inauguration was projected to be as high as 5 million.
Now, based on more accurate data, the projected attendance is around 2 million. What is
the positive difference between the originally estimated percent increase over the current
record attendance and the newly estimated percent increase over the current record
attendance? Express your answer to the nearest whole number.
The National Mall is 300 acres. It stretches 1.9 miles from the Capitol building to the
Lincoln Memorial. This will be the first time in history that the entire mall will be open
for an inauguration. If attendance is the estimated 2 million people and all of the people
spread out evenly over the mall, how many square feet will each person get? Note that 1
acre is equal to 43,560 square feet. Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.

The minimum starting annual salary for rookies in the NFL is $295,000. The minimum
annual salary is $370,000 for second year players and $445,000 for third year players.
For a player earning the minimum salary for their experience, what is the positive
difference between the percent increase the $75,000 represents from the first to
second year and the percent increase the $75,000 represents from the second to third
year? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.
There are 32 teams in the NFL. Sixteen of the teams are in the American Football
Conference (AFC) and the other 16 teams are in the National Football Conference
(NFC). At the beginning of the season, Julia tried to predict the teams that would be
in each conference's championship by randomly drawing 4 teams (2 AFC teams and 2
NFC teams) from a hat. What is the probability that the 4 teams she selected are the
same four teams that will be in the conferences' championships? Express your answer
as a common fraction.
In football, teams can score 6 points with a touchdown, 3 points with a field goal or 2
points with a safety. Additionally, after a touchdown, teams can score 1 bonus point
with a field goal kick or 2 bonus points with a 2-point conversion. The final score of a
particular football game was 13 to 11. If every touchdown is followed with a successful
bonus point attempt (1 or 2 points), how many different scoring combinations could
have resulted in the losing team's 11 points?

President-elect Barack Obama is being sworn in to office on January 20, the


anniversary of the first official game of basketball. (Obama is an avid basketball fan.
Not only did he play regular games while campaigning, there is talk of installing a
basketball court in the White House.) Here are a few problems relating to our new
president’s favorite sport.
The first game of basketball was played with 9 players from each team on the court.
Today’s rules specify that only 5 players per team should be on the court. How many
combinations of 5 players can be created from a group of 9 players?

Originally played with a soccer ball, basketball did not get its own ball until the late
1950s. Based on the information below, how many cubic inches larger is the volume of
a modern basketball than the volume of a modern soccer ball? Express your answer as
a decimal to the nearest tenth.

Soccer ball circumference = 26 inches


Basketball ball circumference = 29.5 inches

**Interesting fact: Originally, passing was the only way to move the ball around the
court. Even after the introduction of dribbling, passing remained the primary means of
moving the ball because of the asymmetrical shape of early balls. With the improved
production of basketballs came the rise of dribbling.**
Not only have the rules of basketball changed over time, the dimensions of the court
have changed as well. It wasn’t until 1968 that a 3-point line became a regular part of
basketball. Today, the high schools and colleges set their 3-point line at 19 feet 9
inches away from the point directly below the center of the basket. The NBA on the
other hand, uses two lines that are parallel to, and three feet from, the side lines and
an arc that is 23 feet 9 inches from the point directly below the center of the basket
that intersects each of the other two lines. If a standard basketball court is 50 feet
wide and the point below the center of the hoop falls on the baseline, how many more
square feet are inside the NBA 3-point line than the high school/college three-point
line? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.
The solutions to this week's problems will be posted in the archive on Monday, January
26th.

Marney did a Google search on “Obama Inauguration” and it produced


34,800,000 hits in 0.06 seconds. At this same rate, how many hits would be
produced in 1 second. Express your answer in scientific notation.
Interest in tickets to the 2009 Inauguration was so high that one ticket
broker asked $20,095 for a single ticket. The government printed a
quarter of a million tickets, intended to be freely given. If all were
given to individuals, one apiece, and 0.1% of those who received these
free tickets sold them for an average of $20,000 each, how much
money would they have generated?
The longest inaugural speech was given by Henry Harrison in 1841; it
was 8445 words. He spoke for 1 hour and 45 minutes, without a hat or
a coat, in a snow storm. (He caught pneumonia and passed away one
month later.) The shortest speech was George Washington’s second
inaugural address, which was only 135 words. Obama’s speech fell
somewhere in the middle, at 18 minutes 20 seconds and 2401 words.
What is the positive difference between the rate at which Obama
spoke and the rate at which Harrison spoke? Express your answer in
words per minute, as a decimal to the nearest tenth.
The solutions to this week's problems will be posted in the archive on Monday,
February 2nd.

February 2 is Groundhog Day. Every February 2, Punxsutawney Phil lumbers out of his
home to predict the end of winter by looking for his shadow. If Phil sees his shadow,
legend says that we will have 6 more weeks of winter. If the groundhog does NOT see
his shadow we will have an early spring.
According to the “official” Groundhog Day website, Punxsutawney Phil is 123 years
old. Normally, groundhogs live up to 6 years in the wild. If Phil is 123 years, by what
percent has he exceeded the normal, unaided lifespan of his species?
A groundhog is also known as a woodchuck. Diana writes the letters w,
o, o, d, c, h, u, c and k on separate pieces of paper and places the
pieces of paper in a bag. If Diana randomly draws one piece of paper
from the bag, what it the probability that the letter drawn is also
contained in the word groundhog? Express your answer as a common
fraction.
Groundhog Greg’s burrow has 5 holes he can enter or exit through. If
he never exits through the same hole he entered through, how many
entrance/exit combinations can Greg choose from? Note that entering
through A and leaving through B is not the same as entering through B
and leaving through A.
The solutions to this week's problems will be posted in the archive on M

What is the 20th term of the arithmetic sequence shown below?


13, 19, 25, 31, ...
What is the sum of A and B from the arithmetic sequence shown
below?
7, 15, 23, A, 39, B, ...
What is the sum of A and B from the geometric sequence shown
below?
32, A, 72, B, 162, 243...