Oreos. The stuff that noms are made of. But how much Stuf is in the stuff Oreos are made with?
This is what Dan Anderson asked the students in his “Consumer Math” high school course. He asked them to determine whether the Oreo Cookies were, indeed, double and mega stuffed.
It seems the math might not add up the way Oreo may have hoped. Anderson said his class “weighed 10 of each – Double Stuf, Mega Stuf and regular, and we weighed five wafers alone to deduct from the total.”
What they found was that the Double Stuf Oreos were 1.86 times bigger and the Mega Oreos were 2.68 times bigger, according to the calculations. A spokeswoman for Nabisco reacted to the news thusly:
“While I’m not familiar with what was done in the classroom setting, I can confirm for you that our recipe for the Oreo Double Stuf Cookie has double the Stuf, or creme filling, when compared with our base, or original Oreo cookie,” the spokeswoman said.
Granted, they may have left cream on the wafer and maybe someone dipped their finger in the Stuf. Or maybe Nabisco is ripping us all off.
Maybe this is a job for the Mythbusters.
For most of us, a bagel is an on the go breakfast that exists solely to satisfy hunger. However, for George Hart, the bagel is a mathematical problem that must be solved so it can become a perfect example of interlocking deliciousness.
If you really care, you can check out the overly complicated method in the video after the jump.
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We think it’s pretty safe to say that Nathan Shields makes some of the nerdiest pancakes on the planet—but few are nerdier than this series depicting mathematical constants.
(Saipancakes via io9)
This pi backsplash created by Marie and Michael Porter of Minneapolis, MN counts out to 159 digits. Check out the link below for all the details on how the backsplash was installed.
(Celebrating Generations via Make)
Mathematicians are crappy tippers because they can’t resist leaving pi regardless of the amount they spent on the meal. I mean, that’s less than 12 percent. But hey, at least it’s better than leaving this for a tip.
Davidson College professor Tim Chartier uses chocolate chips and some graph paper to approximate pi.
Make a quarter circle in a square of graph paper and place chocolate chips on the squares that lie completely inside the circle. If you now count the chips and compute four times the number of chocolate chips divided by the total number of squares, that will be approximately pi.
In this case, an 11×11 grid with 83 chips, results in 4×83/121=2.74. Not quite there yet, but Chartier and some friends upscaled to 2232 chips in a 54×54 grid, resulting in an approximation of 3.06. Math has never been so delicious.
Of course, you would need an infinite number of chips to calculate pi exactly. Mmmmm…infinite chocolate chips.
(Math Movement via Make)
Or should I say “fatty” math.