Last week, an eighth grader by the name of Cody Swanek was asked to convert an algebra expression into a word problem for his teacher. Cody happily obliged and in turn, produced this awesome question filled with all sorts of Star Wars nuggets.
And just in case you cannot read Cody’s handwriting, here it is fully transcribed for your viewing pleasure:
“J. J. Abrams is making Star Wars Episode 7. He rented three speeder bikes which was 700 imperial credits to start. He must pay 100 imperial credits to keep his speeder bikes daily. If he does not pay daily, Prince Xizor and other Black Sun members will kidnap J. J. Abrams, bring him to Mustafar, and sacrifice him.
J. J. Abrams is also paying 5 bounty hunters to keep separatist spies out. That costs 200 imperial credits to start, then 50 imperial credits for each bounty hunter every time they capture a spy. The Separatists send 2 spies every day.
In how many days does J. J. Abrams spend the same amount of imperial credits on speeders and bounty hunters?”
Seriously though, what are you more impressed by? Cody’s grasp on the Star Wars universe or his ability to then utilize his knowledge to produce such a coherent math problem. His proud papa posted this with a note that Cody created this problem entirely on his own! YOU DID GOOD, PA!
What makes this even better is that J.J. Abrams personally solved Cody’s problem AND also mailed him a copy with the answer as well as firing back a question of his own!
Here is his all too adorable response problem:
If I needed to hire passage to the Alderaan system at a rate of 17,000 credits a day – and had to travel 12 Parsecs at a velocity of 1500 times the speed of light, how much would this trip cost me? This, I think, is the real issue here.”
Just in case you were curious, a single Parsec is 1.91735116 × 1013 miles so…you better grab that high school graphing calculator you only used for Tetris and see if you can give this problem a go.
And no, Cody did not immediately sell this on eBay.