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Succinct Proof: All Pentagons Are Star Shaped

Question: What is a succinct proof that all pentagons are star shaped? In case the term star shaped (or star convex) is unfamiliar or forgotten: Definition Reminder: A subset $X$ of ...
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Examples of open problems solved through short proof

Are there good examples of reasonable open problems in mathematics that had an 'obvious' solution via application of a theorem already known/not yet found in mathematics but could have been found with ...
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Finding the d value that will keep all coefficients at a minimum in a Cubic

I have a particular scenario. In this scenario, we have the standard cubic equation, ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d = y as well as 3 points that are graphed, as can be ...
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An example of a problem which is difficult but is made easier when a diagram is drawn

I am writing a blog post related to problem solving and one of the main techniques used in problem solving is drawing a diagram. Essentially, I want to illustrate that some hard problems (for example, ...
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Need one example solving trigonometry.

Calculate $\sin \beta, \tan \beta, \cot \beta, \cos(2\beta)$ if $\cos \beta = {5 \over 13}$ and $\beta \in (0^{\circ},90^{\circ})$. I'm a student and I forgot how to solve it correctly...I need just ...
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Need help with a mathematical program formulation about air

I have to create a mathematical model regarding air. Air flows through multiple rooms, and in each room something happens to one or multiple properties of the air (heated, cooled down, moisture ...
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Fill valleys of waveform (flatten them, level them out)

I have waveform data and want to fill the valleys with a given maximum width. That is, I have sample values with a constant distance. The parameter "maximum width" determines the y-position of the ...
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confused on to leave in centimeters or convert to cubic centimeters

The volume $V$ of the cylinder is $65\pi \mathrm{cm}^3$. The height of the cylinder is $5$ centimeters. Use the formula $V = Bh$ to find the area of the base of the cylinder.
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Basic Math Question for Health Care

This is super basic, but I have not been in school for YEARS. I am a bit dusty. Any-who, Its a common word problem, and as follows: A licensed practical nurse gives 1800 milligrams of penicillin over ...
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Show that this construction preserves connectedness

Let $G_1$ and $G_2$ be $k$-connected graphs and let $v_1\in V(G_1)$ and $v_2\in V(G_2)$ be such that $\deg v_1=\deg v_2=k$. Form a new graph, $H$, by putting an $M$-matching of size $k$---conneect ...
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Show me some pigeonhole problems [closed]

I'm preparing myself to a combinatorics test. A part of it will concentrate on the pigeonhole principle. Thus, I need some hard to very hard problems in the subject to solve. I would be thankful if ...
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Find the angle between asymptotes

Sketch the locus of the centres of circles which touch two fixed and unequal circles. Find the angle between the asymptotes How shall I find the locus when the size of the circles are not ...
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Understanding percentages [on hold]

If I have $733.00$ dollars and my rent is $30\%$ of that, how much money are they taking? In dollars, my understanding of of how to use percentage is very limited so I need help solving this problem. ...
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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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How to solve for X in this equation?

$$n * x * cos(\frac{\pi}2 * \frac{x}{x+b}) + c = y$$ How would I get X on one side of the equation instead of y? Normally I work the equation forwards knowing X. The other variables are constants. ...
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What is the quickest way to find Nash equilibria in two player bimatrix game?

Suppose the cost/penalty matrix of a game is given as: $$M = \begin{bmatrix} (-5,-5) & (0,0) \\ (0,0) & (-3,-3) \end{bmatrix}$$ Then the game as two equilibria $(u_{11},u_{21})$ and ...
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Picking out a subset of elements from a finite product of cyclic groups

Let $C_n$ be the cyclic group of order $n$, and let $G = \prod_{i=1}^n C_n = \underbrace{C_n \times C_n \times \ldots \times C_n}_{n \text{ times}}$. For $g = (g_1,g_2,\ldots, g_n) \in G$, call $g$ ...
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How to know when a line is parallel to the xz-plane

What are some features of the equations of a line that is parallel to the xz plane, but does not lie on the plane, and is not parallel to any of the axes? So far all I got: -dot product of plane's ...
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Reducing TIC-TAC TOE State Space by using Symmetry in Artificial Intelligence

Im learning Heuristics in AI.I see that for brute force search there are 9! states.But the textbook says that first 3 levels are reduced by symmetry.How does that work?
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Seeking feedback for my math site: climbingahead.com [closed]

I built out a math site for kids at climbingahead.com It's like a daily dose of quick math exercises. Would love to hear what folks think about it. thx
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A carpenter used 1/9 of a box of nails… [closed]

A carpenter used 1/9 of a box of nails while working on a birdhouse and was able to finish 1/6 of it. At this rate how many boxes will he need to finish the entire birdhouse? I am having problems ...
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Solving for $x$ in an exponential equation

Say we the following equation $$F(x) = \frac{\exp(a+bx)}{1 + \exp(a+bx)}$$ Now we set $x=0$ and we want to solve for $a$ as a function of $F_0$. So that, we have: $$F_0 = \frac{\exp(a)}{1 + ...
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Let $g_{n}$ be the no. of derangements with $n$ elements and $f_{n}$ the no. of permutations with one fixed point. Show that $|g_{n}-f_{n}|=1$

This is a problem from Loren Larson's "Problem solving through problems", 2.5.13, page 78. Let $S_{n}=${$1,2,...,n$}. A derangement of $S_{n}$ is a permutation with no fixed points. Let $g_{n}$ be ...
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How to minimise the upper boundary of this weird function?

Let $\{x\}$ denote the fractional part of $x$, which is $\{x\}=x-[x]$. Let $f_{a,b}(x)=\{x+a\}+2\{x+b\}$ and let its range be $\{m_{a,b},M_{a,b})$. Find the minimum value of $M_{a,b}$ as $a$ and ...
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Examples of famous problems resolved easily

Have there been examples of seemingly long standing hard problems, answered quite easily possibly with tools existing at the time the problems were made? More modern examples would be nice. An example ...
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Determine all positive integers $n$ which have a divisor $d$ with the property that $dn+1$ is a divisor of $d^2 + n^2$

Determine all positive integers $n$ which have a divisor $d$ with the property that $dn+1$ is a divisor of $d^2 + n^2$. So i formed the equation that $$\frac{n}{d} = \frac{d^2 + n^2}{dn + 1}$$ And ...
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Finding the range from standard deviation and Gaussian Curve

The figure above shows a normal distribution with mean m and standard deviation d, including approximate percents of the distribution corresponding to the six regions shown. Suppose the heights of a ...
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Existence of an $x,U$-fan in a $k$-connected graph

Let $G$ be a $k$-connected graph. An $x,U$-fan is a set $U\subseteq V(G)$ of size $|U|\ge k$ together with a vertex $x\in V(G)\backslash U$ and a set of disjoint $x,U$-paths whose only common vertex ...
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A mathematics competition had 9 easy and 6 difficult problems

A mathematics competition had 9 easy and 6 difficult problems. Each of the participants in the competition solved 14 out of 15 problems. For each pair consisting of an easy and a difficult problem, ...
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Present Values for a house loan

If I have a loan of $449,100$ with an interest rate of $5.48\%$ and I have an increase in repayment per month every $3$ years for $30$ years by $200$, and the starting repayment per month is $2544.3$, ...
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Solve this question involving temperatures?

So I am given 2 formulas: $$ \frac{dT}{dt}=-k(T_t-T_s)$$ Where $\frac{dT}{dt}$ rate at which the object's temperature is changing $T(t)$ is the temperature of the object at time $t$ $T(s)$ is the ...
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How to calculate per unit costs for multiple items

I had a supplier give me a quote last week that seems very strange, can someone help me out? The quote is for IT hardware, but for simplicity (and anonymity) I'll use apples and oranges: ...
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solving homogeneous equation using r programming language

How to solve for the non trivial solution to the homogeneous system of linear equation.. I tried with solve command but it gives only trivial solutions. eigen(A)$vector[,x] gives answer only for ...
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Is it possible to construct a sequence that ends in 1000000000?

Starting from the number $1$ we write down a sequence of numbers where the next number in the sequence is obtained from the previous one either by doubling it or rearranging its digits (not allowing ...
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Help with a geometry problem

The problem says: A triangle has its lengths in an arithmetic progression, with difference d. The area of the triangle is t. Find the dimensions. the solution says: the notation can be even better if ...
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Problem-solving

I just finished my second year as a mathematics student at university. At university, we learn about advanced mathematics and problems. However, I'm also interested in some problems that doesn't ...
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If $(x^2+y^2+z^2)=2(x+z-1)$, then show that $x^3+y^3+z^3$ is constant and find its numeric value.

I am trying to solve this question, If $(x^2+y^2+z^2)=2(x+z-1)$, then show that $x^3+y^3+z^3$ is constant and find its numeric value. I've tried this, $$x^2-2x + z^2-2z + 2 + y^2 = 0$$ $$ ...
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$\mathbb{A}^2\setminus (0,0)$ is not affine

I want to prove that $X = \mathbb{A}^2\setminus (0,0)$ is not affine. My attempt: If $\Bbbk[X] = \Bbbk[x,y]$ then $X$ is not affine since $(x,y) \subset \Bbbk[x,y]$ is a proper ideal, but $V(x,y) ...
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Help with Definition of Limits (Finding a delta given epsilon)

The problem says: Find a $\delta$ such that $|f(x)-l| < \epsilon$ for all x satisfying $0 < |x-a| < \delta$ when $f(x) = x^4; l = a^4$. What I did so far was $|x^4-a^4| < \epsilon$ so ...
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What is the independent and dependent variables, the linear equation model, the practical meaning of the slope and vertical intercept for each?

Identify the independent and dependent variables, and the linear equation model for A and B? What is the practical meaning of the slope and vertical intercept for A and B? A. You make a down payment ...
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What can you say about a number with remainder 1 and 2 when divided by 3 and 4 respectively?

I was trying to solve a problem which states: How many two-digit numbers have remainder 1 when divided by 3 and remainder 2 when divided by 4? and solved it by writing down individual numbers... ...
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Is it possible to bruteforce a differential equation

Is there any method to solve differential equations which involves just a number of basic functions combined into various permutations (with various factors) which are then fed into the differential ...
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Undergraduate mathematics competitions

I am a freshman (math undergraduate) here in Argentina and I am deeply interested in mathematical olympiads but I really need some advice. Right now, my problem solving skills are good but not that ...
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Prove that every positive integer less than or equal to the square root of a is a near factor of a

In many computer languages, the division operation ignores remainders. Let's denote this by the operation $//$, so for instance $13//3 = 4$. If for some $b$, $a//b = c$ then we say that $c$ is a near ...
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How many words can be formed by taking 4 letters at a time from the letters of the word 'MORADABAD'?

What I tried was: (9P4)/3!*2! This gave me a wrong answer (since the answer is 626). I'm unable to make use of the hint provided in my book: "make cases". Any help would be appreciated. :)
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Application of Euler's theorem apart from finding last digits of huge numbers

I am looking for clever applications of Euler's Theorem. On browsing the internet, I see that nearly all the applications of the theorem asks for finding last few digits of a huge number. The only ...
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How many spare tyres are needed? [closed]

I am about to start a $27,000$ km trip. I check the specifications of tyres to use to find that each is good for only $18,000$ km. What is the fewest number of spare tyres I need to take so I can ...
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The number of numbers whose digits are different and add up to 36

All the digits of a number are different, the first digit is not zero, and the sum of the digits is 36. There are N × 7! such numbers. What is the value of N? How should I approach this problem? ...
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Solve the equation $x(\log \log k - \log x) = \log k$

I want to solve this equation by expressing $x$ in function of $k$. Is it possible? Thanks.
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Solve the system of equations $\begin{cases} xy-2y-3 &=\sqrt{y-x-1}+\sqrt{y-3x+5} \\ (1-y)\sqrt{2x-y}+2(x-1) &=(2x-y-1)\sqrt{y}. \end{cases}$

Solve the following system of equations ($x,y \in \Bbb R$): $$\begin{cases} xy-2y-3 &=\sqrt{y-x-1}+\sqrt{y-3x+5} \\ (1-y)\sqrt{2x-y}+2(x-1) &=(2x-y-1)\sqrt{y}. \end{cases}$$ I think this ...