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Formula for coefficient of Mahonian numbers

I recently came out with this article . It tells about triangle of mahonian number.The T(n,k) is coefficients in expansion of Product_{i=0..n-1} (1 + x + ... + x^i), where k ranges from 0 to n*(n + ...
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How many scientists can survive?

Yesterday the aliens took 100 scientists from Earth as prisoners. They want to test how smart the humans are. The aliens made 101 headbands, numbered from 1 to 101. On the contest day, they throw ...
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KenKen puzzles. Minimum number of “clues” to uniquely define nxn grid.

I recently discovered the "KenKen" puzzle and have been trying to figure out some of the mathematics behind it. This led me to the following question: Given an N x N grid, what is the minimum number ...
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Verbal Reasoning (Puzzle)

There are four persons A, B, C and D. The total amount of money with A and B together is equal to the total amount of money with C and D together. But the total amount of money with B and D together ...
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Is it possible to solve the Zebra Puzzle/Einstein's Riddle using pure math?

A coworker of mine posted a problem in our local communication software that seems to be a simpler variation of the Zebra Puzzle/Einstein's Riddle. I know how to solve it intuitively, by using ...
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A simple to explain solution to this kids' geometry puzzle

A smart 10 year old asked me basically this question. Consider a rectangle with both diagonals drawn in. Now ask if you can visit all the edges by travelling from some starting vertex and only ...
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Time and distance: Police and a thief with a twist.

A thief was given a head-start of 15 hour. The velocity of the thief being 4 km/hr and the police chasing after him be 5 Km/hr. A dog is moving to and fro between the police and the thief, starting ...
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Mini Tetris Winning Configuration

So here's the problem: A winning configuration in the game of Mini-Tetris is a complete tiling of a 2 x n board using only the three shapes shown in Figure 1. By allowing rotations, there can be ...
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In the card game “Projective Set”: Compute the probability that $n$ cards contain a set

In the game of Projective Set, it turns out that any seven cards contain a projective set. For fewer than 7 cards, how can we determine the probability that one or more sets exist (in terms of the ...
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In the card came “Projective Set”, show that 7 cards do always contain a set. [duplicate]

In the game of Projective Set, it turns out that any seven cards contain a projective set. How can one prove this? And for fewer than 7 cards, how can we determine the probability that one or more ...
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Real Mathematics in Video Games

Out of curiousity (and perhaps also to amuse my students), I am looking for examples of actual mathematics appearing in video (computer) games. Of course that sort of mathematics would probably be ...
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Number in tens place

A number in tens place in result of $4^{2015} \cdot 9^{2016}$ is? Obviously without using calculator, though I doubt it could count with those high numbers. By tens place I mean, for example if you ...
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What is the _simplest_ way to solve problems of this kind?

Two doors with talking doorknockers - one always tells the truth and one always lies. One door leads to death other to escape. Only one question may be asked to either of the door knockers. What would ...
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Number of boys in school

We have $400$ students in a school. Every $20^{th}$ student failed at the end of the school year. Which was $2\%$ of schools girls and $10\%$ of schools boys. The number of all boys attending the ...
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Number addition riddle

I got this math "riddle" in one of my math test, and I would love to know how to solve it. If $$S = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + \ldots + 2015,$$ then a sum of $$1 + 2 + 3 + \ldots + 2015 + 2016 + \ldots + 4030$$ ...
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Number of apples in a basket riddle

You have six baskets with apples - 10,12,15,20,22,25 (this is how many apples there were in them - 10 in first, 12 in second..). Some of the apples are red and some are green. After one basket was ...
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Market Making Card Bet Game

In an interview I received the follow question: We have 3 cards face down, and we give each card in a deck of 52 a numeric score ( A = 1, 2=2, .... , J=11, Q=12, K = 13). The interviewer asked me to ...
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What three odd integers have a sum of 30? [duplicate]

I've been asked the following question: What three odd integers from the set {1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15} that when summed together equals to 30? Note that any integer can be used more than once. Is there ...
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Minimising the distance covered

I am trying to solve the question: You are trying to get to go from A to B 10 times. At each journey, a coin is flipped and if its heads, a wall appears in the middle as in scenario 2. If tails, no ...
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Finding the minimum wins in a round-robin tournament.

There are 16 teams in total. They are divided into two groups of 8 each. In a group, each team plays a single match against every other team. At the end of the round, top 4 teams go through to the ...
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Palindromes on a digital clock [closed]

A palindrome is a number that reads the same forwards and backwards,such as $55$ and $12321$. How many times in a $24$-hour period of time on a digital clock does the number reveal a palindrome?
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Rectangles in a figure

I have this figure and I have to find $5$ rectangles (which includes squares). I just see four. Where is the $5^{th}$ rectangle?
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Fastest way to meet, without communication, in a toroidal palace?

I was interested by a similar question asked here, but wanted to pose a slightly different variant that avoids some of the pitfalls and ambiguities in the first question in order to ask something more ...
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If $\sum_{i=1}^n a_n=0$ then you can find a “good” ordering of $a_i$.

I'm trying to prove (or disprove, but I think it's true and I'll be surprised if someone would manage to disprove it) a small theorem. Given an array of real numbers $A=[a_1,a_2,...,a_n]$ such that ...
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Here is a riddle that I have no idea how to solve.

Okay, so I was trying to solve this riddle found here. It is a diagram of a star with 16 points. Each point corresponds uniquely to a number between 1 and 16. The letters on each point represent a ...
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Fastest way to meet, without communication, on a sphere?

I was puzzled by a question my colleague asked me, and now seeking your help. Suppose you and your friend* end up on a big sphere. There are no visual cues on where on the sphere you both are, and ...
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Deriving a function based on a relation/characteristic

Say I give you an integer set [1, N], which is the initial step, and define a notion of a step by this example: given N=16 ...
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Pick a random integer $x\in[1,N]$ and guess the value of $N$

$N$ people arrive at a concert, with tickets numbered $1$ to $N$. At the entrance, they all throw their tickets to a nearby trash can. You pull out a ticket with some number $x$ written on it. ...
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show that at least 3 balls have same weight

You are given 49 balls of colour red, black and white. It is known that, for any 5 balls of the same colour, there exist at least two among them possessing the same weight. The 49 balls are ...
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kind of mathematical puzzle [duplicate]

i was recently doing this problem--- problem statement You have r red, g green and b blue balloons. To decorate a single table for the banquet you need exactly three balloons. Three balloons ...
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Math Puzzle: Largest number which cannot be written as the sum of distinct fourth powers

I've come across this question which I can't seem to solve. Write the largest number that cannot be written as the sum of distinct fourth powers. First I'm stuck with the interpretation: I was ...
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Enumeration of Solved Sudoku puzzles

I tried asking this on StackOverflow and it was quickly closed for being too broad, so I come here to get the mathematical part nailed down, and then I can do the rest with no help, most likely. From ...
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The Probability Riddle

While working on a mathematical model we have come across a problem that seems easy yet has a bunch of intelligent, mathematically trained people start doubting themselves :). Riddle us this... ...
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Rearranging a Staircase Grid into a Square

Is there any way to rearrange the above "staircase" grid into three pieces that can be rearranged into the 6x6 square grid below it? I have tried this problem for over six hours and have not arrived ...
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The Weaver Android app $\rightarrow$ cute combinatorics problem

There's an Android puzzle app called "The Weaver". My question is why every level seems to be solvable in far fewer moves than one might naively think. Here's a link for people who want to play along ...
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Strategy for 2-player game, drawing uniform variables and optionally redrawing

Player 1 and Player 2 secretly and separately draw uniform random variables in [0,1]. They may (secretly) elect to redraw once and replace their value. Highest value wins. What is the optimal ...
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Quiz: people and hats

I've created this quiz, but I'm not sure if the answer that I've found is correct or not. Three people meet at a pub, each of them has a blue or a red hat on his\her head. Nobody knows the colour of ...
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Two Buckets Water Puzzle

When reading up on graph theory, I came across this puzzle and on further investigation, learned that a general solution for this is similar to this problem. However, I haven't been able to ...
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Buffons needle crossing both lines?

Buffon's Needle Problem : Given a needle of length $l$ dropped on a plane ruled with parallel lines $t$ units apart, what is the probability that the needle will cross a line? I am working out ...
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Combinatorics question about alternately-coloured diagonal halves of sides of a cube

Diagonal halves of each side of a cube are painted in alternate colours. Let the vertex at which such a half forms a right angle be its base vertex. What is the minimum number and the maximum number ...
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How to solve a “logic grid/table puzzle” as well as a “logic game” from the LSAT

Dear fellow members of the prestigious brotherhood of philosophical and mathematical logicians, I am familiar with symbolic logic on a level such as is covered in Patrick Hurley's textbook A Concise ...
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Puzzle: Players A,B,C,D are in a line

Players A,B,C,D stands in a line. Players A, D do not move. round 1: player B moves one distance closer to the midpoint of A,C round 2: player c moves one distance closer to the midpoint of B,D ...
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Worst case in decanting puzzles (pouring water from one jug to others).

A classic puzzle is to start with $3$ jugs of nonzero integer capacity ($A \ge B \ge C$) and have some water (integer) in each jug (the initial position). The goal is to get to some final (integer) ...
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A very simple math puzzle: An object O weights 1 N and the half of the weight of object O. What is the weight of object O?

So, today I came across a very simple (or so I though) math puzzle. If this is the wrong StackExchange please point me to the right place to ask. The puzzle goes as such: An object O weights 1 N ...
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How to approach more Puzzle-like problems (octagon, intersection points)

In physics I understand the situation and can derive formulas to describe it. But when it comes to more puzzle-like math problems like this: "All 20 diagonals are drawn in a regular octagon. At how ...
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reversing digits and squaring

If we reverse the digits of $12$ we will get $21$. $12^{2}=144$. If we reverse its digits we will get $441$ which is $21^{2}$. Here is the puzzle. How many such two digit numbers are there? Digits ...
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Find the next term in the sequence. $\frac{7}{3},\frac{35}{6},\frac{121}{12},\frac{335}{36},\ldots $

$\dfrac{7}{3},\dfrac{35}{6},\dfrac{121}{12},\dfrac{335}{36},\ldots $ $\bf\text{Answer}$ given is $\dfrac{865}{48}$ I found that $4^{th}$ differencess of the numbers $7,35,121,335\cdots$ are not ...
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An alien comes to Earth and says $7\times7=41$. How many fingers does he have?

I understand this sounds ridiculous at first but I got asked this question by a supply teacher $3$ days ago and I haven't been able to answer it so it's driving me insane. I got given two hints: ...
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The fly and its owner

This is a related problem to Fly and Two Trains Riddle, but must not be confused for a duplicate. A man is taking a leisurely walk with his pet fly at a pace of $v_m$. While the fly is buzzing at ...
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Number theory puzzle

If $(ABCD)÷(DCBA)=9$ where $A,B,C$ and $D$ are distinct and all them belong to ${0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9}$ but $A$ and $D $are not equal to zero then find $A,B ,C$ and $D$. I tried with the decimal ...