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Pancake sort

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by
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There are n pancakes of different diameters stacked on top of one another in a single stack. You want to sort the pancakes according to size so that the largest is at the bottom and the shortest is on top. At each step you can insert a spatula at any point between the pancakes and flip all pancakes above the spatula. Give a sorting algorithm Continue reading the story "Pancake sort"

Sum of digits

Posted on: October 20th, 2013 by
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Find the total sum of all digits in all numbers from 1 to 1 million. You are not allowed to use a computer or calculator.

Sum of reciprocals

Posted on: October 19th, 2013 by
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The sum of reciprocals of three positive integers is 1. Find all such triplets of positive integers. - via Russian Math Olympiad

Cube surface

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 by
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An ant is constrained to move along the walls, ceiling or floor (it cannot fly) of a cubical room. It starts in the middle of an edge of the cube. What is the distance of farthest point from the ant on the surface of the room (walls, floor, ceiling)? - via Stack Exchange

Coin game

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by
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Four coins are placed in 4 holes on the 4 edges of a square table. Each coin maybe either heads or tails. At any time, you are allowed to inspect two coins and replace each of them either heads up or tails up as per your choice. The coins are hidden in holes; there is no way of knowing whether a coin is heads or Continue reading the story "Coin game"

Dog tied

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by
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You tie a dog to a 12-foot rope and go to the shopping mall. When you return you find that the dog has eaten food that is 30 feet away. How? - via Gpuzzles

Alibi

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by
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You want to rob a house, but to establish an alibi, you want to make sure the burglar alarm goes off 2 hours after you rob the home. You are skilled enough to be able to steal without setting off the alarm. How can you arrange to have the alarm go on 2 hours after you are done robbing? via Briangle

Flip coins

Posted on: October 14th, 2013 by
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There are 4 coins in a row. Each coin shows either heads or tails. You don't know in advance what each coin shows. You are blindfolded. Your goal is to make all coins face heads upwards. To achieve this, you keep flipping coins one at a time. If at any point of time all coins are heads, a machine beeps and you win. You want Continue reading the story "Flip coins"

Probability that two numbers are relatively prime

Posted on: October 13th, 2013 by
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Let X_n and Y_n be independent uniform random integers from 1 to n. Let p_n denote the probability that X_n and Y_n are relatively prime to each other, i.e. g.c.d(X_n,Y_n)=1. What is \lim_{n\rightarrow \infty} p_n? - Via Sid Hollander

A feasible explanation?

Posted on: October 12th, 2013 by
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A 25 year old man was travelling with his father in a train. He saw a tree and remarked, "A tree! Look father, a tree!" Then he saw a road and remarked, "A road! Look father, a road!" Then he saw a road and remarked, "A car! Look father, a car!" Can you give a good explanation why he was behaving like a child? He was not mad. - Continue reading the story "A feasible explanation?"

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