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Welcome to MATH Magazine’s Numbers in the News! Each week we'll post a math question based on a current news story. Read and solve the question.

If you like, enter your answer in the Comments section. The first person to answer the question correctly has the honor of being our “Winner of the Week.” (We’ll reveal that person, and the correct answer, in that question’s Comments the following week.)

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Pre-Teen Genius?

Watch out, Albert Einstein! Twelve-year-old Jacob Barnett is working on his own theory of relativity (a very famous combination of two of Eintein's theories that is important in physics and astronomy). Jacob taught himself calculus, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry in a week! He finished high school at the age of eight and began studying at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Now he may leave college for a research job at the university. His IQ (a measure of intelligence) is even higher than Albert Einstein's was! The average 12-year-old's IQ would be around 90. Solve 8.5% of 2,000 to find out Jacob's IQ.

Jacob has an IQ of 170!

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