20 Math Trivia Questions and Answers

Trivia questions serve as intellectual gymnastics, flexing and enhancing our cognitive muscles. Among them, math trivia not only engages our intellect but also ignites analytical faculties in delightfully challenging ways.

Whether you’re preparing for a rigorous exam or just revisiting the concepts learned over the years, these questions are both an entertaining and enlightening exercise. 

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Dive in and challenge yourself with 20 math trivia questions and answers:

1. Fill in the BLANK: Ancient Greek hotshot Euclid was famously known as “The BLANK of Geometry.”

2. What word—now more often heard as the name of a company, though spelled differently—was coined in 1940 by the nine-year-old nephew of a mathematician?

3. In 2009, researchers at Canada’s Carleton University conducted a mathematical exercise concluding that yes, civilization would very possibly come to an end if what horror-movie threat actually existed?

4. In 1614, a Scottish mathematician, seeking to simplify the processes of multiplication and division, became the first person to publish what?

5. What’s the square root of the square root of 14,641? (We’ll give you a clue: Stranger Things.)

6. Thanks to the magic of mathematical predictions, what planet was accurately postulated in 1846…before it was observed?

7. The cube root of 19,683 is a number associated with the deaths of people in what high-profile industry?

8. What scientist—remembered for his triangle, his theorem, and his wager—died at the tender age of 39?

9. A question for math nerds: What mathematical constant is roughly equal to 2.71828? A question for language nerds: What’s the most common letter in English? (The answers are the same…)

10. Which is true?

  1. A parallelogram that has four equal-length sides and may or may not have right angles is a rhombus, or…
  2. A rhombus that has four equal-length sides and may or may not have right angles is a parallelogram, or…
  3. c. Both are wrong.

11. What’s more: the number of feet in a mile, or the number of pounds in two tons?

12. What type of arthropod has at least 25% fewer legs than its name suggests?

13. The eighth number is blackjack: We’re talking about the BLANK sequence. (Fill in the BLANK.)

14. Minnesota is “The Land of X Lakes.” An early-’60s hit song was titled “Land of Y Dances.” Solve X divided by Y. (It’s not a difficult calculation…)

15. It was first demonstrated in 1676: The speed of BLANK is BLANK thousand miles per BLANK. (Fill in all three BLANKs.)

16. Rounded to the nearest integer, what’s the average number of syllables in a line of a haiku? 

17. What percentage of the original four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have names ending with the letter o?

18. Subtract the number of states that border Mexico from the number of states that border Canada, and you get what?

19. In 1967, what did the General Conference of Weights and Measures define as “9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom”?

20. Four-part question: Motion Picture Mathematics. Identify the movie we’re describing, perform the indicated “calculation,” and tell us what person or object is the result…

  1. The animated adventures of talking transportation – R + T = animals that might live in your home
  2. The saga of Philadelphia’s favorite boxer – R + P = chocolate-coated cookie sticks from Japan
  3. Johnny Depp as the voice of a chameleon – A + I = the funny Beatle
  4. A pregnant teenage girl – O + G = a Swiss legend of psychology


  1. Father
  2. “Googol”
  3. Zombies
  4. Logarithm tables
  5. 11
  6. Neptune
  7. Music/rock & roll/singers (“The 27 Club”)
  8. Pascal
  9. (a)
  10. Feet in a mile (5,280 vs. 4,000)
  11. Millipede
  12. Fibonacci
  13. 10 (10,000 ÷ 1,000)
  14. Light, 186, second
  15. 6
  16. 75% (Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael)
  17. Seven (11–4)
  18. One second
  19. Answers:
    1. Cars, Cats
    2. Rocky, Pocky
    3. Rango, Ringo
    4. Juno, Jung

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