I have encountered five mistakes in the second custom edition for Joe Schmoe Community College of your book Math Is Hard....
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....The mistake with this problem is that, in the “X-Files” episode in which the agents go to investigate “Big Blue,” episode 3X22 “Quagmire,” the agents travel to Heuvelmans Lake in Georgia together in the same car.
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I have encountered five mistakes in the second custom edition for Joe Schmoe Community College of your book Math Is Hard by Authors 1, 2 and 3, ISBN 0-555-32654-2. The first mistake is on page ninety-two and occurs in the problem number twenty-one. I have copied the exact wording of the problem below:
“Agents Mulder and Scully are driving to Georgia to investigate ‘Big Blue,’ a giant aquatic reptile reported to inhabit one of the local lakes. Mulder leaves Washington at 8:30 A.M. and averages 65 mph. His partner, Scully, leaves at 9:00 A.M., following the same path and averaging 68 mph. At what time will Scully catch up with Mulder?”
The mistake with this problem is that, in the “X-Files” episode in which the agents go to investigate “Big Blue,” episode 3X22 “Quagmire,” the agents travel to Heuvelmans Lake in Georgia together in the same car. They leave Washington together and Scully brings her dog Queequeg. Mulder is elusive about their reason for going until Scully sees a roadside billboard for the lake that features “Big Blue.”
The second, third, fourth, and fifth mistakes are on page two hundred eighty-nine and occur in problem thirty-six. I have copied the exact wording of the problem below:
“Braving blizzard conditions on the planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker sets out at top speed in his snow speeder for a rebel base 4800 mi. away. He travels into a steady headwind and makes the trip in 3 hr. Returning, he finds that the trip back, still at top speed but now with a tailwind, takes only 2 hr. Find the top speed of Luke’s snow speeder and the speed of the wind.”
The first two mistakes with this problem are rather simple. First, the problem uses the American standard system of measurements. In the Star Wars universe, the metric system is used. Second, the term “rebel” is not capitalized. In this usage, “rebel” is a proper noun because it is short for the Rebel Alliance. Third, the problem makes reference to two separate Rebel bases. The only movie to feature the ice planet Hoth or snow speeders is Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and, in that movie, there is only one Rebel base and, while large, it is still only one base. Fourth, in the movie, Luke Skywalker only utilizes a snow speeder when he and the other Rebel pilots must fend off the Imperial AT-AT Walkers while the base is evacuated. He never has to travel between bases and when he does use the snow speeder he doesn’t return to the base in it because the craft is destroyed by one of the AT-ATs.
I hope that this information will prove useful to you so that you might correct the aforementioned mistakes.