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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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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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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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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 $x$: $$ (x - c_x)^2 + (y - c_y)^2 = r^2 $$ with a tangent line that also goes through a point $p$ 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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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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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 ...
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How do i solve this to find PMT?

I know this may seem like a stupid question but i've been up late working on this math assignment and this question just isn't working when i transpose it. So this is the formula to find Present ...
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Problem Solving - Project Crashing Time

My working out: (EST,EFT) times for the activities: A: (0,0) B: (0,8) C: (3,3) D: (10,38) E: (10,18) F: (18,18) G: (25,33) H: (58,58) I: (25,33) J: (45,53) K: (118,118) Finish: (133,133) ...
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How to solve $\int \frac{\tan^{-1}x}{(1+x)^2}dx$?

I know how to solve the following integral $$\int \frac{\tan^{-1}x}{(1+x^2)}dx$$ . We have to substitute $\tan^{-1}x$ as $t$ and we will be done. After this one, I tried to find out $$\int ...
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Solving for $\theta$ in a circle

Let's say you have a pendulum hanging straight down and touching the ground at the lowest point. The pendulum has length $l$. If you pull the pendulum back so that the end is height $h$ above the ...
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Series representation for $L=\frac{3}{2} \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}-\frac{\sqrt{5 W \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}+6 \pi ^2 A^2+3 W^2}}{\sqrt{2}}$

My question is, is there a series representation or other function of $L$ and $A$ I can use when I solve the following equation for $W$? $L=\frac{3}{2} \sqrt{4 \pi ^2 A^2+W^2}-\frac{\sqrt{5 W \sqrt{4 ...
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first order linear PDE solving

$$\dfrac{\partial{\phi}}{\partial{i}}=0$$ $$\dfrac{\partial{\phi}}{\partial{v}}=E-v-i R_0$$ Where E,$R_0$ are constants. How do I solve these kind of PDE's.
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Derivation of the “Combined Work Formula”

Before I get to my question, some background: Person $A$ can paint a fence at the rate $9 \frac{hour}{fence}$ (or equivalently $\frac{1}{9} \frac{fence}{hour}$) Person $B$ can paint a fence at the ...
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Finding distance using rates of change — best approach?

The question: A man drives from state $A$ to state $B$ going $60 \frac{miles}{hour}$. Then he returns from state $B$ to state $A$, driving $45 \frac{miles}{hour}$. His total driving time is $2.5 ...
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Problems that become easier in a more general form

When solving a problem, we often look at some special cases first, then try to work our way up to the general case. It would be interesting to see some counterexamples to this mental process, i.e. ...
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Consider the following system of linear equations..

Story cut short, I have an exam in a weeks time and this is a question off a previous exam paper - I'm unsure as to how I should go about it as there are 4 variables with only three linear equations.. ...
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How to find natural solutions of an equation?

When I'm solving problems, I'm often confronted to solving equations, and when I'm solving equations, I'm often confronted to find the natural solutions of these equations. My actual personal ...
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Slicing through a cuboid containing spheres, how many are exposed to the surface and what is their combined volume

So I place spheres of radius chosen at random from a normal distribution of known mean and standard deviation in a cub or cuboid at random (not overlapping) until a known density of the entire cube is ...
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Russian Old Merchant Problems

Anybody know where I can find more of these old merchant problems: Lui: Please tell us a little bit about your early education. Were you already interested in math- ematics as a child? ...
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Problem involving pseudomonotone mappings on Banach space

I have the following question regarding mappings on a Banach space $X$. If anyone has an idea or hint as to how to resolve this question it would appreciated. Let $X$ be a Banach space, $X^{*}$ its ...
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Die Probability Question + Basics of Conditional Probability

A die is rolled twice. What is the probability of observing: a) a four and a three P (obtaining a four and a three) or P(obtaining a three and a four) therefore P(obtaining a four)* P(obtaining a ...
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Solving awkward quadratic equation to obtain “nice” solution.

I would like to solve the following quadratic equation to get a "nice" analytic solution for $\rho$. $\rho^2(r\sin\theta-2nr^2)+\rho(2nr^3-2r^2\sin\theta-2\sin\theta+2nr)-2nr^2+3r\sin\theta=0$ where ...
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How far away is that cloud?

A few weeks ago I was on an airplane and to pass the time started thinking about this problem. Using the following information, I wanted to know how far away a cloud I could see was. Under some ...
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Exponential Diophantine: $2^{3x}+17=y^2$

Is there a way of solving the following equation, in integers $(x,y)$, by hand? : $2^{3x}+17=y^2$. You can also try: $2^{2x}+17=y^2$ or more generally $2^x+17=y^2$; each of these has at least 1 ...
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Comparing $\pi^e$ and $e^\pi$

Comparing $\pi^{e}$ and $e^{\pi}$ I read the answer there but I didn't understand one thing. How I should know to put $\dfrac{π}e-1$ instead of $x$? If I had this question on a test, I had no idea ...
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Problem of bodies in motion in circles.

Consider two circles of radii $4\;cm$ and $8\;cm$, respectively, both circles have the same center $C$ and is two bodies $A$ and $B$, so that $A$ is smaller circumference of the trajectory at a ...
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How to find $f$ and $g$ if $f\circ g$ and $g\circ f$ are given?

The question is: Let $f:\mathbb R\rightarrow \mathbb R$ and $g:\mathbb R\rightarrow \mathbb R$ be two functions such that $(f\circ g)(x)=4x^2+4x+1$ and $(g\circ f)(X)=x^2+2x+2$. Find $f(x)$ and ...
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Prove that $\sqrt{n} \le \sum_{k=1}^n \frac{1}{\sqrt{k}} \le 2 \sqrt{n} - 1$ is true for $n \in \mathbb{N}^{\ge 1}$

I'm trying to solve these induction exercises proposed by the department of mathematics of Oxford University. I don't know how to give a valid proof for the third one which says the following: ...
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Fermat pseudo primes

Is it possible for a number of the form $2^p-1$ with $p\in \mathbb{P}$ (the primes) to satisfy $3^{2^p-2}\equiv 1\pmod {2^p-1}$ and not be a prime? In other words, can a Mersenne number be a Fermat ...
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Can't solve this trignometric equation, why am I wrong?

There is this trig equation: $$ 5\tan x - 2\tan 2x = 0 \text{ for 0 < 0 < 360 } $$ So far I've gotten $$\tan x = \text{0, 180}$$ and all I have to solve now is $$\tan ^2x = 0.2$$ which gives ...
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Best approach or algorithm to solve equation with multiple variables?

I have an equation : $A^6x_1 + A^5x_2 + A^4x_3 + A^3x_4 + A^2x_5 + A^1x_6 + x_7 = B$ What can be the best algorithm/approach I can use to crack this? $A$ and $B$ are constants. $x_1,x_2...x_7$ are ...
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If one plays $132$ games in $77$ days, there is a span of consecutive days with exactly $21$ games

This is a high school contest question. Simple answers are required A chess player has $77$ days to prepare for a tournament. During this time he wants to have a match everyday and to have $132$ ...
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(What is the formula to find) What is the probability that the sum of the numbers on the tickets chosen is at least 7?

Senario: Box A contains four equal-sized tickets, numbered 1, 2, 3 ,4 Box B contains three tickets of the same size, numbered 4, 5, 6 An experiment consists of selecting one ticket from the box A ...
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How can I solve this puzzle using equations?

There's a hall with 100 seats. I want to fill up these seats with men, women and children; they're going to purchase seat positions. The cost per seat for men is 5 USD, women 1 USD, and children 0.05 ...