The inauguration is fast upon us -- and any reader of our newspaper has been well briefed on the logistics! In keeping with our close coverage of the event, I bring you this quiz from MATHCOUNTS, a national math competition and club program for middle school students.
1. When January 20th falls on a Sunday the public ceremony is moved to Monday, January 21. In what year, will the next January 21st inauguration be held?
2. The 2009 inauguration is expected to see record levels of attendance. Lyndon B Johnson’s inauguration currently holds the record for attendance at 1.2 million people. Originally, attendance for the 2009 inauguration was projected to be as high as 5 million. Now, based on more accurate data, the projected attendance is around 2 million. What is the positive difference between the originally estimated percent increase over the current record attendance and the newly estimated percent increase over the current record attendance? Express your answer to the nearest whole number.
3. The National Mall is 300 acres. It stretches 1.9 miles from the Capitol building to the Lincoln Memorial. This will be the first time in history that the entire mall will be open for an inauguration. If attendance is the estimated 2 million people and all of the people spread out evenly over the mall, how many square feet will each person get? Note that 1 acre is equal to 43,560 square feet. Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.
Remember to send your submissions for future Friday quiz entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know where you are from, what your math background is, and why you like this problem.
Have a good weekend!
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