#1

Burger King claims that there are 221,184 ways to have a whopper. With what mathematical formula did they obtain that number? I was in BK with my dad and he pointed it out. I couldn't find any answers on the interweb so I figured I'd ask you!

#2

They lied.

#3

Well, how many different ingredients can be chosen and in how many different quantities?

#4

there are an infinite amount of ways to do anything

who cares

nothing exists outside our own existence anyway

including me and this post and everybody else

apart from you

the reader

it's the system

believe in it

or get out

who cares

nothing exists outside our own existence anyway

including me and this post and everybody else

apart from you

the reader

it's the system

believe in it

or get out

#5

Probably the combination formula.

#6

Well, how many different ingredients can be chosen and in how many different quantities?

That's the problem. No one I've asked knows how many ingredients they offer or in what quantity. So this is tough. BK doesn't even have it listed on their site from what I can see.

#7

That's the problem. No one I've asked knows how many ingredients they offer or in what quantity. So this is tough. BK doesn't even have it listed on their site from what I can see.

The Whopper is a hamburger, consisting of a flame grilled quarter-pound (113.4 g) beef patty, sesame seed bun, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and sliced onion. Optional ingredients such as processed cheese, bacon, mustard or jalapeño peppers may be added upon request. Regional and international condiments include BBQ sauce, salsa and guacamole. Burger King will also add any condiment it sells, including tartar sauce, honey mustard, steak sauce and hot sauce. It is available with one, two or three beef patties and in a smaller version called the Whopper Jr, or without meat in a version called the Veggie Whopper.

Too easy.

#8

Burger King claims that there are 221,184 ways to have a whopper. With what mathematical formula did they obtain that number? I was in BK with my dad and he pointed it out. I couldn't find any answers on the interweb so I figured I'd ask you!

"ways to have a whopper" does that mean "different because of the ingredients" or "different ways to eat it". Because I can find much more ways to eat it (if I wasn't a vegetarian I would try it).

#9

That's the problem. No one I've asked knows how many ingredients they offer or in what quantity. So this is tough. BK doesn't even have it listed on their site from what I can see.

lol It looks like you forgot to ask Wikipedia.

#10

What exactly do they mean by "have" though? Make? Eat? Because they could easily wuss out by saying they meant eat, as in, you can have your Whopper in the car, on the train, in your house, sitting in a tree house, etc etc.

#11

Burger King claims that there are 221,184 ways to have a whopper. With what mathematical formula did they obtain that number? I was in BK with my dad and he pointed it out. I couldn't find any answers on the interweb so I figured I'd ask you!

It'll be an order formula.

Something like 2^n

Where n is the number of available ingredients.

But definitely not that formula since it's far too simple and doens't have enough variables.

#12

What exactly do they mean by "have" though? Make? Eat? Because they could easily wuss out by saying they meant eat, as in, you can have your Whopper in the car, on the train, in your house, sitting in a tree house, etc etc.

I asked the same question. Great minds think alike.

#13

Probably permutations or combinations. I can't remember which one because I haven't taken a real math class in forever.

#14

lol It looks like you forgot to ask Wikipedia.

I did. But I ignored it in all of its wisdom and knowledge...

I'm aware that I need a formula but I can't figure out the right one. From my counting abilities I have deducted that they offer 20 ingredients. Now to figure out what quantity I can order them...

#15

It'll be an order formula.

Something like 2^n

Where n is the number of available ingredients.

But definitely not that formula since it's far too simple and doens't have enough variables.

nCk = n!/[k!(n-k)!]

k = size of combination (1 to however many toppings you want to pile on)

n = number of elements (the number of different toppings)

edit: They must not have had many toppings when they came up with that number or they pulled it out of thin air.

*Last edited by MakinLattes at Sep 7, 2011,*

#16

nCk = n!/[k!(n-k)!]

k = size of combination (1 to however many topping you want to pile on)

n = number of elements (the number of different toppings)

edit: They must not have had many toppings when they came up with that number or they pulled it out of thin air.

Yeah, that one.

#17

#18

nCk = n!/[k!(n-k)!]

k = size of combination (1 to however many toppings you want to pile on)

n = number of elements (the number of different toppings)

edit: They must not have had many toppings when they came up with that number or they pulled it out of thin air.

God. You can see why I failed maths can't you

Then again I never liked modelling my own formulas. No idea why I wanted to go into physics.

#19

What exactly do they mean by "have" though? Make? Eat? Because they could easily wuss out by saying they meant eat, as in, you can have your Whopper in the car, on the train, in your house, sitting in a tree house, etc etc.

That's what I was thinking too. I could put a leash on a burger and take it for a walk if I really wanted to.

#20

That's what I was thinking too. I could put a leash on a burger and take it for a walk if I really wanted to.

I'd like to have it tied to the bed wearing leather assless chaps and giving it a good whipping.

#21

Yeah? That doesn't answer the question.

#22

Yeah? That doesn't answer the question.

Close enough.

#23

Close enough.

1024=221,184?

#24

They lied.

/thread.

#25

every ingredient can be added and taken away, as well as doubled. So yeah.......

#26

*WIKIEPDIA

So that's... about 14 different ingredients (exluding the beef burger itself, which I guess would be necessary for it to be a Whopper.

How many combinations are they of that many things?

I did maths, but it's all gone now...

#27

2,097,152

#29

I did this problem in math class last year.

That being said, I don't remember.

That being said, I don't remember.

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