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What is the solution of the problem below? [on hold]

What is the solution for this problem: A car travels 20 kph faster than a truck. The car covers 350 km in two hours less than the time it takes the truck to travel the same distance. What is the ...
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replacing numbers to get final anser

I found this question in a random problem solving book that I was reading and wanted to know how you would solve it. I am not sure as how to go about this. Take any positive integer $n$ with fewer ...
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Limit of the sum of $\gamma_k(x)=xf((k+1)x)-\int_{(k+1)x}^{(k+2)x}f(t)\mathrm{d}t$

Let $f$ be a continuous, decreasing function, with $\displaystyle\lim_{x\rightarrow\infty}f(x)=0$. Let $\gamma_k(x)=xf((k+1)x)-\int_{(k+1)x}^{(k+2)x}f(t)\mathrm{d}t,\displaystyle x>0$. Let ...
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What is the probability the best case occurs? (Comp Sci Type Question)

I'm having trouble figuring out what's the probability the best case occurs? It's my first time bringing together probabilistic knowledge into computer science. The question goes as such. Consider ...
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raBinomial distribution with dependent trials?

I need your help with following problem: String with n characters is given. For each character in string there is probability p that it is wrong. Now you take a sliding window of length k, k<= n, ...
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Problem Solving Question (Riddle)

this is my first time asking a question here, so sorry in advance if there's anything wrong with the format or place this is posted in. The problem I need to solve is written as the following: "Four ...
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Polynomial systems - conditions for real solution

I was working on the computation of equilibrium points for dynamical systems and arrived in the following system of $n$ polynomials in the variables $(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ \begin{equation*} ...
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Problem Solving with Quadratics [on hold]

Two numbers have a sum of 4, and the sum of their reciprocal is 8. Find the numbers.
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Iterations $n, n^n, (n^n)^{(n^n)},…$

(Note: I'm reposting this, as I posted the original too late in the evening to gain anyone's notice.) A contest problem (#2 on the 2010 Virginia Tech Math Competition) proffers the solver the ...
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Coin-tossing games

Suppose that you start off with $100$ dollars. You toss a coin $10$ times and guess it right $5$ times and lose $5$ times (the order of the outcomes is not known). It is known that every time you ...
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Using quadratic equations for problem solving [closed]

The numerator of a fraction is 3 less than the denominator. If the numerator is increased by 6 and the denominator is increased by 5, the fraction is doubled in value. Find the original fraction. At ...
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Finding dimensions using quadratic formula

A 52 m long fence is constructed on three sides of a housing block with area 240 m^2. The fourth side facing the road is left open. Find the dimensions of the block. Also here's another question I ...
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Solving for x in equation for chem

In the answers to a chem problem is just gives this equation: (34.969) (x) + (36.966) (1 - x) = 35.453, and says solve for x. But I have no clue how to solve for x....
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Problem Solving quadratics

A rectangular paddock has perimeter of 600 m and area 21 600 m^2. Find the dimensions of the paddock. So far, I've figured out the formula is x(300-x)=21600 and rearranged to 300x-x^2=21600. I'm not ...
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Problem Solving Quadratic Equation [closed]

A right angled triangle has sides which are 2cm and 7cm than its hypotenuse. Find the length of the hypotenuse: a) exactly b) to the nearest millimetre
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First-Order ODE Problem

I'm currently taking an ODE course at my school and one of the problems given follows: Suppose that a trajectory of $$(3x^2 - y)dx + (3y^2 - x)dy = 0$$ contains the point $(1,1)$. Show that it also ...
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If $I + A + \cdots + A^{n-1} = O$, $A$ a square integer matrix, $n$ odd, for what $k$ does $\det(\sum_{i = k}^{n-1} A^i) = \pm 1$?

This question is, in a sense, homework. I'm taking a problem-solving seminar which uses questions like these, the first question on the 2010 Virginia Tech Regional Math Competition, as fodder. The ...
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Finding x using the pythagoras theorem

$$x^2 = (x+1)^2 + (x-7)^2$$ can someone please find $x$? Also this is a quadratic equation problem solving question.
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Prove that $\sqrt{a_n b_n}$ and $\frac{1}{2}(a_n+b_n)$ have the same limit

I'm trying to solve the following problem prove $\sqrt{a_n b_n}$ and $\frac{1}{2}(a_n+b_n)$ have same limit. In this post http://math.stackexchange.com/a/267499, I do not understand the following ...
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Showing the summation of numbers

Using each of the digits 1 through 9 once, form numbers whose sum is 100. If you think it can't be done, then prove it. My attempt: I say it can't be done because the sum of all numbers $1-9$ is ...
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How many integer solutions are there

How many integer solutions for $a$ and $b$ in $(ab)/(a+b)=3600$? My attempt: $(ab)/(a+b)=3600$ = $ab=3600(a+b)$ where $a+b\not=0$ = $ab=3600a+3600b$ =$ab-3600a-3600b$ =$(a-b)3600$ ...
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Integer solutions of an equation that is set to a number

How many integer solutions for $a$ and $b$ in $(ab)/(a+b)=3600$? My attempt: $(ab)/(a+b)=3600$ = $ab=3600(a+b)$ = $ab=3600a+3600b$ =$ab=3600a=3600b$ Dividing $3600b$ on both sides ...
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Writing forms of an equation

Let $x>1/2$. What is the simplest form of the expression $(1+\sqrt{2x-1})/(\sqrt{x+\sqrt{2x-1}})$ Let $a=\sqrt{2x-1}$ $(1+a)/(\sqrt{x+a})$ =$(1+a)/(x+a)^{1/2}$ =$(1+a)(\sqrt{x+a})$ ...
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What to do with hints? [closed]

Many problems in math textbooks come with hints. Almost invariably, hints annoy me very much. I don't know what to do with them. Usually, in the end I simply ignore them and go on to find my own ...
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How can we find $\frac{2^m}{e^n}$ with an accuracy of $10$ decimal digits?

If $n$ and $m$ extremely large (1000 digits) and $1 <\frac{2^m}{e^n} < e$, how can we create an effective algorithm to find $\frac{2^m}{e^n}$ with an accuracy of $10$ decimal digits (10 digits ...
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Using jugs filled with water problem

Given jugs $m$ and $n$ liters (WLOG $m<n$) is it always possible to get all $i$, $0 \leq i \leq n ?$ If so, prove it. If not, explain which $i$ you can get. Is there also a minimum number ...
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Quarters and dimes word problem [closed]

Word problem: if you have three more quarters than dimes, and together they add up to $3.55, how many dimes do you have?
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Solving an algebraic equation for x

$(($ 3^$2\sqrt{3x})$/4$)$ $+3=$ 3^$\sqrt{3x}$ = $($ (3^${2}*{3x^{1/2}}$)/4$)$ $+3=$ 3^${3x^{1/2}}$ After simplifying: = ($3^{6x^2}$ $+ 3$)/4 $= 3^{3x}$ = $3^{6x} + 3 = 12^{3x}$ I tried ...
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Chance of playing a game

You are offered a chance to play a game. the rules are simple. there are $100$ cards face down. Of these, $55$ say win and $45$ say lose. You begin with $10000$ dollars. You must bet $1/2$ of your ...
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Shared groceries expenses between roommates to be divided as per specific consumption ratio and attendance

My apologies if this question is in the wrong section. Couple of my roommates & I (total 5 people) share the groceries expenses. We record the purchases in an Excel sheet, and also have the ratio ...
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Trying to make a formula to find maximum driving time.

I am trying to figure out how to make a formula (that will eventually be used in excel.) to figure out, how much driving time could be done in a block of time. In this case, 24 hours. And theses are ...
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If I end up with $10,000 because I lost 20% in 2 years…

If I end up with 10,000 after losing 20% in two years...How much did I have in the first place?
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Evaluate $ \int_{0}^{1} \ln(x)\ln(1-x)\,dx $

Evaluate the integral, $$ \int_{0}^{1} \ln(x)\ln(1-x)\,dx$$ I solved this problem, by writing power series and then calculating the series and found the answer to be $ 2 -\zeta(2) $, but I don't ...
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To Find the height of the building

A building casts a shadow 50 feet long. A rod 4 feet tall placed near the building casts a shadow 3 inches long. Find the height of the building.
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Set of numbers that add up 1 to n

I am currently trying to solve the following problem: Given a number $n \in \mathbb{N}$, find the size of a set $S$ of positive numbers $s_1, \ldots, s_k\in \mathbb{N}$, such that $\sum_{i=1}^kS_i ...
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Conditional Probability - Order is important!

Probability that Mark wins a tennis match he plays is 0.8. A knockout tournament requires players to win 5 matches to win the tournament. What is the probability that Mark wins the tournament? ...
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What would the answer be using Linear Equation

How many ways to arrange HATE...............................................
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Given circle and point, where does the tangential line through the point touch the circle?

Given a circle with known center $c$, known radius $r$ and perimeter point $p$: $$ (x - c_x)^2 + (y - c_y)^2 = r^2 $$ with a tangent line that also goes through a point $pp$ lying outside the circle. ...
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How to solve this age problem?

I am solving the following question. Please guide me!! The ages of A and B are in the ratio of 5:7 and C and D are in the ratio of 5:7.Let sum of their ages is 150, what is the difference between the ...
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simple math question from civil service exam

The weight per foot of a length of square bar 4" x 4" in cross section as compared with one 2" x 2" in cross section, is ______ as much. A. Twice B. 2 1/2 times C. 3 times D. 4 times This question ...
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Stair flight problem

A stair flight has 10 steps. A kid can move in jumps of 1, 2 or 3 steps. Assume the kid starts on the floor (step 0), and always has to end in step 10 because there is a door that needs to be open. In ...
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Find the probability of winning at this lottery.

So, the problem I found goes like this: You have $n$ different numbers, numbered from $ 1 $ to $n$. You can randomly choose $m$ (different) of them. The computer also randomly selects $m$ ...
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Solving an equation

I have the following equation: $x_1^3 = \hat{x}_1^3 + e_1\delta(x_1,e_1)$ I have to find the function $\delta(\cdot)$ for which this equation holds. By definition: $e_1 = \hat{x}_1 - x_1$ So I am ...
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Find some probabilities given the probability tree

i've been practicing probability since it's not my strength, but i am doing that without a tutor or an official course, just books and videos. I was reading a problem, and i was capable of draw the ...
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Is this polynomial equation solvable? $ \alpha x^{n+2} + \beta x^{n+1} + \gamma x^3 + \delta x^2 + \epsilon x + \zeta = 0 $

I have an equation I wish to solve. I was going to solve it numerically but maybe there is a way to handle it analytically? $ \alpha x^{n+2} + \beta x^{n+1} + \gamma x^3 + \delta x^2 + \epsilon x + ...
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Simplifying nested/complex fractions with variables

I have the equation $$x = \frac{y+y}{\frac{y}{70} + \frac{y}{90}} $$ and I need to solve for x. My calculator has already shown me that it's not necessary to know y to solve this equation, but I ...
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I'm not understanding this puzzle [closed]

At first, I was thinking, mininmum amount of sticks it takes to create the figure, and then how many draw strokes it takes to create the boxes without crossing paths...but I can't figure out what's ...
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Dominance Network Worded Problems

What are some methods to solve this? Normally for dominance I do as such: Write a matrix for one step dominance, then find total dominance by = D+D^2 - then sum each row of the matrix. Using this ...
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Problem solving: Counting and probability

i am a little bad at probability, i'm studying to overcome this lack. Since i'm not with a tutor i need some help on the correct way to approach a basic probability problem. I would appreciate your ...