Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Fun (well, fun for math types)

After exhaustive and exhausting investigation of the many variables involved (and hoo ha, are they variable!) it can be shown that on the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love will have given me:
12 drummers drumming,
22 pipers piping,
30 lords a-leaping,
36 ladies dancing,
40 maids a-milking,
42 swans a-swimming,
42 geese a-laying,
40 golden rings,
36 calling (or colly) birds,
30 French hens,
22 turtle doves, and
12 partridges in a pear tree (or pear trees; this last has not yet been ascertained).

For those who really really care, the graph resembles a parabola.

A merry, joyous, happy, holy and blessed Christmas to all!

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