Little Man Tate page 1
The movie is a bit soppy but students seem to like it and certainly watch.
The mathematics questions are worthwhile and difficult. They are best solved by algebra .....
The question in which the answer given in the movie is wrong, is not that obvious.
Can your students match Fred for speed?
The clip occurs about one third of the way from the beginning. It is best to run about three scenes together- a total of 8 minutes.
The project is well suited for Years 10 and 11 students.
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"Little Man Tate." Maths in the Movies. Project 9.
"LITTLE MAN TATE"
The movie depicts the loneliness of a young gifted boy and the way his single mother struggles to survive.
The scene shows a mathematics quiz competition in which Fred answers the questions and shows how talented he is at mathematics.
Fred's questions in the movie.
“How about giving me a number that when divided by the product of its digits the quotient is 3, and if you were to add 18 to this number the digits would be inverted?”
You are to make up the question!
“What's the cube root of 3796466 ?”
“What number has the following peculiarity that if its cube were added to five times its square and from the result forty-two times the number and forty is subtracted the remainder is nothing.”
The answers are given in the movie!
One of the answers given in the movie is wrong!!
Which one is it?
You do need to show your working even though little Fred was able to solve the questions in his head!