Mathman 25 Hickory Hunt Letterbox by Morgan Behm, Sarah Loduha, Ariel Matter, Amanda Schulz, Ashley Scott

 Terrain: Grassy park Difficulty: Depends on math ability Placed by: The Dragon (Mathman) and the Honors Advanced Algebra students and teacher of 2007-08 Location: Hickory Lane Park, Jackson, WI County: Washington, WI Materials needed: Calculator, Compass, Writing Utensil, Personal Stamp, Inking Pens

Students and parents of students should read my introduction to letterboxing before seeking the boxes.

Be sure to read through all the clues before looking for the boxes so you know what is expected of you.

Clues:

Go to Hickory Lane Park and start at the fire hydrant near the bathrooms.

2.      Solve and the answer will spell out the next place to go to by using the numbers to represent letters (a=1, b=2, c=3, etc.)

3.      Count the number of slides to get x.

4.      Find 11x. That is the number of paces to walk at 140º

5.      Use elimination to solve.

2a + 3b = 34

4a – 3b = -4

6.      Find ab + x. This is the number of paces to walk at 282º (you should be near a plug)

7.      Solve the following proportion.

8.      Walk y paces in the direction of the water tower (bearing 231º)

9.      Check your answers for x and y by solving this system of equations:.

3y = 4x + 36

-2y = -7x + 2

10.  Evaluate: 4a - the last three digits of the Wisconsin Gas Co. # - 7.

This will equal the number of paces to walk at 231º (you should be near something yellow)

11.  Walk 3x parking spaces north.

12.  Find the value of the determinant:

Walk that many paces at 46º (you should be by a hole)

14.  Find

Walk that many paces at 178º (you should be by something green)

15.  Find  and walk that many paces at 78º and find the box.

BEFORE RETRIEVING THE BOX, BE SURE NO ONE IS AROUND TO SEE YOU TAKE THE BOX OUT!  DO NOT BRING ATTENTION TO YOURSELF OR THE HIDING LOCATION OF THE BOX!

Good luck!

Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and disclaimer.

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