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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

written by: shimonbentzvi
This is a quiz on movies related or referring in some way to mathematics.

Question 1:

In "The Wizard of Oz" movie, Scarecrow states which very important mathematical theorem?
Euler's Theorem
Newton's Axiom
Euclid's Fifth Postulate
The Law of Pythagoras

Question 2:

In this movie Ayla, played by Daryl Hannah, teaches her new family to count all the way to ten.
Way of the Caveman
Caveman and Cavewoman
Land of the Tribe
The Clan of the Cave Bear

Question 3:

In which movie does Edward James Olmos play a teacher in Los Angeles who gets an entire class of low-income, Hispanic students to pass the Advanced Placement Calculus test?
Stand By Me
Stand and Deliver

Question 4:

"Proof" was originally a play about a brilliant mathematician who worries about inheriting her father's insanity. Which actress was the star of the 2005 movie of the same name?
Claire Danes
Gwyneth Platrow
Kate Blanchett
Kirsten Dunst

Question 5:

Name the 1991 movie directed by Jodie Foster in which she plays the mother of a math prodigy.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 6:

Which famous series of numbers is mentioned in the 2006 movie Da Vinci Code?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
The Riemann Series
The Nash Series
The Euler Series
The Fibonacci Series

Question 7:

In this fine movie Dustin Hoffman plays a mathematician who gets tired of being picked on.
Straw Dogs
Sunday Father
The Point

Question 8:

In which movie does Bud Abbott “prove" to Lou Costello that 13 x 7 = 28?
You're in the Navy
In the Navy
Splinters in the Navy
Francis in the Navy

Question 9:

Which of these is a movie about a mathematician who develops a formula that predicts the prices of stock markets?
The Bank
The Tricks
The Puzzle
The Formula

Question 10:

In this great math movie a Disney character takes us through a description of many interesting parts of arithmetics and geometry.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 11:

What 1997 movie featured Cartesian co-ordinates (the usual type of graph paper) and factoring numbers?
The Sphere
Gleaming the Cube

Question 12:

In this film, high school student Max Fisher, played by Jason Schwartzman, is asked to use calculus to find the area of an ellipse.
Room 222
Mr. Novak
The High School

Question 13:

In the movie “Little Big League," the hero must solve this problem: John can finish a job in five hours. Mary can finish the same job in three hours. If they work together, how long will it take to finish the job?" What is the answer?
2 hours
4 hours
1 and 1/4 hours
1 and 7/8 hours


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