# What do Word Problems and Math Tutors Have to Do with the “The Big Bang Theory?”

I don’t watch “The Big Bang Theory” regularly (too busy managing my business and being a Mom).  But the CBS comedy about  four nerdy best friends regularly draws 23 million viewers. Now let’s just say your daughter is a huge “Big Bang Theory” fan.  She knows all the words to the theme song, treasures her “Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty” t-shirt and has a huge crush on Super Geek Sheldon.  If she also happens to need help in Math, sign her up for Miracle Math Coaching, because we’ll use “The Big Bang” to coach her. Or we’d use basketball, cheerleading, “American Idol,” Barbie dolls – whatever excites your child. t’s proven that people learn more when the subject matter relates to what they’re interested in.  So, Sheldon’s budget for comic books or Penny’s after-tax income from working at the Cheesecake Factory are all fair game.  Here are a couple of  “Big Bang” word problems I’d use to teach fractions:
• Sheldon and Leonard split household expenses with Sheldon paying 60 percent and Leonard paying 40 percent. (Sheldon had the bigger room.)  If the rent is \$1,200 a month, what’s the total rent Leonard would pay during the two years of the lease?  \$11,520
• Penny earned \$200 a week as a waitress.  If she got 15 percent in tips on half of her earnings and 20 percent on the other half, how much would she take home every week?  \$235