More distractions, connections (updated)
Am teaching a Linear Algebra course this term for people who are not expected to take more math/stats classes: this seems to include those who have been told by their own department or degree co-ordinators that This Stuff Is Good For You — and who could argue with that? — as well as people who just need some math credits before they can breathe a sigh of relief and flee the subject for good.
The mix of students means that if one is spending a lecture showing how you define Ax when A is a matrix and x is a column vector of the appropriate size, and doing simple examples, one is going to have a fair number of people for whom this is both old news and tedious viewing. With that in mind, today I tried to leave another “connections between actors/films” puzzle on the blackboard, in case anyone found it offered brief respite from the lecture. No one volunteered an answer, so I thought I may as well stick it here:
Which four actors connect Viggo Mortensen, Alex Winter, Guy Pearce and Marlon Brando to which film?
That is: there is a film, to which VM is connected by a certain actor, AW by another, and so on. Who are they, and what’s the film?
Suggestions welcome (as are any offered solutions to the previous puzzle).
EDIT: on re-reading this, I see that I forgot to clarify something — “connects” is meant in the sense of “have starred in a film with” (thus, the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” sense).