# Tagged Questions

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### Survival bias and probability

Imagine the following situation: A new virus is discovered that is believed to have infected 20% of the population. Anyone infected with the virus has a chance of 50% of dying in their sleep every ...
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### How can we solve this system of linear inequalities?

Let $c_i$ be a given non-negative integer for all $i\in\{1,\ldots,n\}$. I would like to find the non-negative integers $a_i$ and $b_i$ for all $i\in\{1,\ldots,n\}$ such that: \begin{align} ...
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### Probabilities of each waitlist person

Coming from this, $10$ Applicants for a exclusive club membership. I found that you can use total probability to consider existing and old members leaving/returning as members in the club, ended up ...
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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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### Mpg to l/100km conversion problem?

We have two vehicles A: old truck that does 17 mpg (13.84 l/100km) B: old car that does 47 mpg (5.00 l/100km) We are looking to replace one of these vehicles with a new one (of the same ...
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### Let $S=[0,1) \cup [2,3]$ and $f:S \to \Bbb R$ be a strictly increasing map such that $f(S)$ is connected. Which of the following statements is true?

$f$ has exactly one discontinuity. $f$ has exactly two discontinuities. $f$ has infinitely many discontinuities. $f$ is continuous. I know theorems related to connectedness and ...
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### How to find unknowns $w_1,w_2,w_3$ that satisfy $t=w_1f_1 + w_2f_2 + w_3f_3$?

For any $i \in \{1,2,3\}$, let: $w_i \in [0,1]$ is an unknown number such that $\sum_{i \in \{1,2,3\}} w_i = 1$. $t$ is a known number in $[0,1]$. Suppose that $t = 0.8$. $f_i$ is also a known ...
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### Finding the rate at which the space diagonal of a cube is decreasing

This is the context of the question: I'm assuming by the space diagonal (although I'm not sure) to be the area of the right-angled traingle created by the diagonal. Let this space be $V$, then we ...
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### If $y'+y=|x|$ and $y(-1)=0$, what is $y(1)$?

If $y'+y=|x|$ and $y(-1)=0$, what is $y(1)$? I calculated the integrating factor to be $e^x$. Then $e^x y'+ e^x y=e^x |x|$ hence $\frac {d(e^x y)}{dx}=e^x |x|$ hence $d(e^x y)=e^x|x|dx$ ...
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### solve $54 x + 16 y = 2400$ for integer values of x,y

How to get integer values for x and y that satisfy: $$54 x + 16 y = 2400$$ Someone told me that I can do it using Euclid-Wallis algorithm, but I don't understand it so, if there isn't any else ...
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### Reference request for a very particular problem solving skill

I want to start with an apology for a very verbose description of my question but if there is a way to cut it down, please let know and I will do so right away. I have been trying to get better at ...
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### Proof that there are no solutions this equation. (3 variables, Square root and Sine) [on hold]

Hypothesis: There do not exist three different positive integers $a,b,c$ such that $$-\sqrt{ab}\cdot \sin(p \cdot (a-b))+\sqrt{ac}\cdot \sin(p \cdot (a-c)) -\sqrt{bc}\cdot \sin(p \cdot (b-c)) =0$$ ...
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### Books or website about solving IMO problems

Hey I want to solve IMO problems like the problem in the image below, but I cannot solve the problem or any of the problems in the IMO, so do you guys have some good website or books that teach how to ...
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### Finding Y coordinate of third triangle point when X coordinate and two other points are already known

Suppose you know the coordinates for points A and B of a triangle. We can refer to those coordinates as (Ay,Ax) and (By,Bx). Also, suppose you know the X coordinate for point C (Cx) but do not know ...
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### Parameterization which is closed under addition

Suppose $\beta_1(t)$ and $\beta_2(t)$ are two parametric curves defined on $[0,1]$. Let $\beta_1^*(t)$ and $\beta_2^*(t)$ are two re-parametrized of the above curves. Now, I looking for a ...
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### Why is the solution to $\sqrt{6-5x}=x$ only $x=1$ and not $x=-6$? [duplicate]

I solved the equation $\sqrt{6-5x}=x$ as follows: $$(\sqrt{6-5x})^2=x^2$$ $$6-5x=x^2$$ $$0=x^2+5x-6=(x+6)(x-1)$$ $$x=-6 \quad \text{or} \quad x=1$$ If I plug in $x=-6$ into the original equation, I ...
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### Find a thousand natural numbers such that their sum equals their product

The question is to find a thousand natural numbers such that their sum equals their product. Here's my approach : I worked on this question for lesser cases : \begin{align*} &2 \times 2 = 2 + ...
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### I need some help with Geometry. Is this a correct answer to this problem?

Good day, I have a question regarding geometry. I don't know whether my answer is correct because the answer in my book uses a totally different method for solving this particular problem. Here's ...
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### Variation of the opaque forest problem (a.k.a farmyard problem)

I was wondering about the following variation of the opaque forest problem (see here and there for previous questions) : What is the least length set of segments that will intersect every straight ...
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### The chart-problem; problem solving

In how many ways can we construct a $6\times 6$ chart with only $1$ and $-1$ such that in every row and column, the product is always positive?
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### Combinatorics Question with bridges and inability to cross over each other

Several small villages are situated on the banks of a straight river. On one side, there are $20$ villages in a row, and on the other there are $15$ villages in a row. I would like to build bridges, ...
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### How can the lagrange multipliers in a simple constrained cost minimization problem be calculated? (for binding constraints)

Is there a simple algebric way to calculate the shadow prices (lambda) of the binding constraints given below? This is a cost minimization problem dependent on the generation output. The cost of ...
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### Prove Divisibility In Fibonacci Sequence Over A Prime Number

In The Fibonacci sequence which is defined as $$F_n=F_{n-1}+F_{n-2},$$ lets say we have the number $p$ which is an odd prime. Prove that: $F_{p-1} + F_{p+1} -1$ Is divisible by $p$. Prove that ...
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### Which is larger, $e^\pi$ or $\pi^e$? [duplicate]

I don't know how to approach this. I tried expanding $e^{\pi}$ using the power series but that was a dead end since I didn't know what to do with it. I tried estimating if $e \log({\pi})$ was ...
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### What is the probability that the upturned faces of three fair dice are all of different numbers?

Three fair dice are rolled ($6$ sides). What is the probability that the upturned faces of the three dice are all of different numbers? I got that the number of possible outcomes total is $6^3$ ...
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### Integration of the product of Hermite Polynomial and exponential function

how to proceed with these two integration.. $$\int^0_{−∞}e^{−ax2}H_{2k}(x)dx=?$$ $$\int^∞_{0}e^{−ax2}H_{2k}(x)dx=?$$ where $$H_n(x)$$ is the Hermite Polynomial (physicist's convention).
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### How to solve this equation using logs

How do solve this equation for x using logarithms? $$4^x = 6^x-3$$ If it is not possible using logarithms, please provide another way. Thank you in advance
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### Is there any easy way to solve two equations with three unknowns?

Is there a way to solve the below simultaneous equations? One possible solution is $a_1=20.0948$, $a_2=10.0948$, $a_3=6.3448$. The variables are actually dual variables of the binding constraints. ...
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### Solving modulo equations with one variable

Given the following equation: $$10 = 4^x \pmod {18}$$ How can one know what are the correct values for $x$ ?
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### Launching a Plaintext Attack against Affine Cipher

Update 2 Being new to the world of Stack Exchange I did not realize that there exists a site solely devoted to cryptography. In light of this, I hope someone could help me migrate this question to ...
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### Why do people say that some problem is hard when they do not actually prove it?

I have read many times in different papers something like the following (I do not remember the exact words though): "The problem is nonlinear non-convex programming problem which is hard to ...
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### PDF of negative $\cos(X)$

Let $Y = - \cos(X)$, then what will be the pdf? Please share if you have any idea. If $Y = \cos(X)$, where $X$ is uniformly distributed in the interval $(0, 2 \pi]$, then the pdf is given by ...
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### Find the lenght of a rectangle between two parabolas

I'm trying to find the length of $PQ$ but the best thing I have done so far is finding that the point $T$ is $(0,4)$, as well as finding the distance between the two turning points to be $6$. Can ...
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### What is the probability of having the second child as a boy? [duplicate]

A couple had their first child, a boy, born on Wednesday. What is the probability that the second child is also a boy ? I thought it was a simple case where the probability is just 1/2 because there ...
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### Show that the integers $a$ and $b$ can be chosen such that $ha-kb=1$ holds for any given integers $h$ and $k$

During a longer calculation I encountered a problem where I need to show that one can pick two integers $a$ and $b$ such that $ha-kb=1$. Here $h$ and $k$ are two given integers. We have to assume ...
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### How to determine the right initial and boundary conditions of the nonlinear PDE system

The nonlinear PDE system is from a research paper in 2000. The authors solved the system by using an ordinary differential equation integrator in FortranVariable-coefficient Ordinary Differential ...
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### Technical meaning of two alike combinatorial problems

I am confused in how to interpret two alike combinatorial problems, because to me they both look the same. These are the problems: How many ways are there to put $24$ distinguishable flags on $18$ ...
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### An equation about a rectangle with given perimeter

I am doing a revision calculator paper and am stuck on an algebra question. There is a picture of a rectangle. One side is $x-2,$ another side is $2x +1.$ The question is. Setup and solve an ...
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### How to find a formula that is true for the given model in the First Order Logic?

I think I might get lost in the definitions. I am not sure if this is the right way to deal with models and formulas in the First Order Logic. I am not looking for the solution for this particular ...
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### How many integers less than 2015 are multiples of 2 or 3 (or both)?

Here is what I did. To find all the multiples of 2 that is less than 2015 all we need to do is divide by 2. The same can be done for multiples of 3 that is less than 2015: 2015 / 2 = 1007 ...
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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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### Basic probability exercise

Consider the problem of selecting two candidates from a group of five persons for a job. Knowing that the candidates differ in their degree of readiness (1 is the best prepared, 2 is less ...
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### Calculate number of sides of cylinder so each side is a certain width

I'm working on a video-game and as part of the level, I need to create one half of the room curved. For the cylinder, all sides should be of width 450cm, and the cylinder will have radius of 1475cm, ...
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### Laplace, Legendre, Fourier, Hankel, Mellin, Hilbert, Borel, Z…: unified treatment of transforms?

I understand "transform methods" as recipes, but beyond this they are a big mystery to me. There are two aspects of them I find bewildering. One is the sheer number of them. Is there a unified ...
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### Balkan Olympiad in Mathematics 2001 [closed]

Where can I find the solutions of the problems from the Balkan Olympiad in Mathematics 2001, Belgrade?
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### Finding the least number of dots to add into a 10x10 grid

I have a 10x10 grid where are some dots. What is the least number of dots that I need to add in order to have 3 dots in every row and column have odd number of dots in every row and column have ...