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# Math trivia questions and answers.

Q: What mathematical symbol did math whiz Ferdinand von Lindemann determine to be a transcendental number in 1882? A: Pi. Q: What do you call an angle more than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees? A: Obtuse. Q: What's the top number of a fraction called? A: The numerator. Q: What Greek math whiz noticed that the morning star and evening star were one and the same, in 530 B.C.? A: Pythagoras. Q: What's a polygon with four unequal sides called? A: A quadrilateral. Q: What's a flat image that can be displayed in three dimensions? A: A hologram. Q: What number does "giga" stand for? A: One billion. Q: What digit did Arab mathematician al-Khwarizmi give to the West around 800 B/B.? A: Zero. Q: What word describes a number system with a base of two? A: Binary. Q: How many equal sides does an icosahedron have? A: Twenty. Q: What do mathematicians call a regular polygon with eight sides? A: An octagon. Q: What T-word is defined in geometry as "a straight line that touches a curve but continues on with crossing it"? A: Tangent. Q: What geometrical shape forms the hole that fits and allen wrench? A: The hexagon. Q: What number is an improper fraction always greater than? A: One.

Q: What two letters are both symbols for 1,000? A: K and M. Q: What's short for "binary digit"? A: Bit. Q: What century did mathematicians first use plus and minus signs? A: The sixteenth. Q: What number, a one followed by 100 zeros, was first used by nine-year-old Milton Sirotta in 1940? A: Googol. Q: What handy mathematical instrument's days were numbered when the pocket calculator made the scene in the 1970s? A: The Slide rule's.