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What is known about functions of type $f(n+1) = f(n)^ {f(n)}$?

Update : having looked at Knut's Double Arrow Notation ( Thank you DJC), it seems that this question is nothing more than a frivourless wondering that should be undertaken by whom ever wonders it, it ...
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area estimation with tiling

For any given shape drawn on a graph paper, a kid can calculate the area of any shape by counting the tiles with a simple formula: any edge covering 50% or more, mark the tile; total area = sum all ...
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Factorial of Complex Values

Since the gamma function is an analytic continuation of the factorial function, we can find the factorial of complex values. How does one go about doing so? I've looked far and wide on the internet ...
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Homework Question for a 15 year old

My younger brother(age: 14 years 7 months) and his classmates were given a set of eight questions by his class-teacher, which included the following two questions: (i) Find, if you can, the fallacy ...
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Given a number of items, how many sets of three are there where no two sets are two thirds similar?

Sorry if the title isn't proper math-talk. Hopefully I can explain it better here. So let's say we have a set. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. I want to know how many groups of three can be made where no ...
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What are some cool projects that can be done in a high school math class?

I'm studying to be a secondary math teacher and will be starting student teaching next month (an algebra 2 class). It's difficult to find activities and projects that are actually informative and time ...
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How much advantage would a Blackjack player gain by being able to see the underside of cards?

In the novel Spaceland by Rudy Rucker, the protagonist Joe Cube is grafted with an eyestalk that sticks vout into the fourth dimension. This lets him see under and inside three-dimensional objects ...
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Inserting +/- into 123456789…

I'm looking at a generalization of the problem of inserting + and/or - into the blocks $123456789$ and $987654321$ to create a formula for $100$, like this: $$123 - 45 - 67 + 89 = 100$$ $$9 - 8 + 7 ...
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Megaminx parity

I have an old 12-colored Megaminx that I put all new stickers on because the old ones were falling off. This Megaminx was in more of a state of disrepair than I originally thought, though, and when I ...
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Sum of cubes of the digits of a number equal to to the number

I have a number, I don't know how large or small, but if I cube the digits of the number and sum them, the sum is equal to the number itself. In other words, $$\sum_{k=1}^n{a_k^3}=\sum_{k=1}^{n}{a_k ...
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How to prove $\sum_{n=1}^\infty (-1)^n(x n^{1/n}+y n)=(c-1/2) x-1/4 y$?

Could someone help me prove this theorem where regularization is used so that the sum that formally diverges returns a result that can be interpreted as evaluation of the analytic extension of the ...
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Visually apealing holologous transformation of a given contour

There is this problem which roughly says: You want to put a framed picture onto the wall with a cord to the picture frame. The cord is a single one, and both ends are attached to the frame. ...
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For which minimal $k$ true is that ${4}^{k}\cdot n\leq \displaystyle\sum^{n}_{i=1}{a}_{i}^{k}\leq {5}^{k}\cdot n$, ${a}_{i}\in {1,2,3,4,5,6}$?

I've got the following inequality, which bounds Minkowski distance. ${4}^{k}\cdot n\leq \displaystyle\sum^{n}_{i=1}{a}_{i}^{k}\leq {5}^{k}\cdot n$ and values of ${a}_{i}\in {1,2,3,4,5,6}$ We know all ...
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Dates and times with no repeated digits?

I have a digital clock that shows the date and time like this: $$ \mathsf{YYYY-(M)M-(D)D\qquad (H)H:MM \; [:SS]} $$ That is, the seconds display is optional, and if the month or day or hour is ...
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A system of linear equations in integer squares - solvable?

I consider this more a "recreational math" problem, possibly lacking a solution (because it stems from the question of "magic square of squares") or simply intractable with reasonable effort. ...
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Tilting sealed drums for fun

A sealed cylindrical drum of radius r is filled with 9% of water. Now if the drum is tilted to rest on its side, show that the fraction of the curved surface area (not counting the flat sides) ...
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For which positive integers n does there exist a prime whose digits sum to n?

Motivated by this earlier question, I thought of this problem: Question: For which positive integers $n$ does there exist a prime whose decimal digits sum to $n$? We can make two "easy" ...
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Does this approach to the Collatz Conjecture make any sense.

I was playing around with the Collatz Conjecture and came up with the following: Take any positive integer. If it's odd, multiply by three and add one. If it's even, divide by two. Repeat ...
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Four candle problem: Using candles as timers

The candles each take one hour to burn completely. Cutting off bits of the candles is forbidden, but the candles are placed on a raft of fork handles so they may be burnt at both ends (e.g. to time ...
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$n$ by $n$ Primally Magic Squares

(Again copied verbatim from a September 2009 thread I made.) A Primally Magic Square (PMS) is exactly like a traditional magic square with a change of criteria. Where a traditional magic square is ...
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Where can Gaussian Elimination be used?

I have searched for this and came to know about it that it is traditionally used to solve linear equations, finding determinant, rank of matrix, inverse of matrix. There was a problem on codechef: ...
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Adding a factor to a ranking?

I have a ranking of 10 items from best to worst. Let's assume that the best is ranked 1 and the worst is ranked 10. Each item is ranked according to some rules that we cannot know so all we get is the ...
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sum of integers of two exponents equal

For what values of n, such that $n \in \mathbb{Z}^+,$ does the sum of digits $(214)^n$ and $(2014)^n$ equal? So I found $1$, which is fairly obvious, there are supposed to be more?
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measuring the curvature of a pringle

Assuming for the sake of argument that a pringle shaped potato chip has a constant negative curvature, (which according to http://math.stackexchange.com/a/617610/88985 it is not ) see also picture ...
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Are there tricks to solve seating arrangement problems?

How are seating problems solved in general? I am stuck on this one for example. There are 8 houses in a line and in each house only one boy lives with the conditions as given below: Jack is not the ...
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Why is $2^{16} = 65536$ the only power of $2$ less than $2^{31000}$ that doesn't contain the digits $1$, $2$, $4$ or $8$ in its decimal representation

$65536$ is the only power of $2$ less than $2^{31000}$ that does not contain the digits $1$, $2$, $4$ or $8$ in its decimal representation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/65536_%28number%29
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Maximum number of non-zero entries ,such that no two non-zero entries are on the same row or column.

In an M x N matrix such that all non-zero entries are covered in "a" rows and " b" columns. Then the maximum number of non-zero entries ,such that No two non-zero entries are on the same row or column ...
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Which $L \subset [0,1]$ equal the set of limits of a sequence of a sequence in $[0,1] \setminus L$?

I was glanced at this question here and it cause me to wonder the following: Question: Is there a simple description of the subsets $L \subset [0,1]$ with the property that there exists a sequence ...
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Game idea “square or not”

I have an idea of a quadrilateral / square game, and am looking for help. For the moment lets call it the "Square or Not " game. Imagine we have a big stack of cards with on each card some property ...
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Shannon number upper and lower bounds

What are the best proved upper and lower bounds for the Shannon number, i.e. number of possible positions of chess? Is the upper bound 7728772977965919677164873487685453137329736522 given in ...
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Which numbers have the sum of their digits equal to the sum of the digits of their inverse?

$n$ is a number such as $n \in \mathbb{N}$ and $n >0$.(Eg. $n = 8$) $p$ is the sum of the digits of $n$ in base $10$.(Eg. $n=80$, $a = 8+0 = 8$) $q$ is the sum of the digits of $1/n$ in base ...
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Has the mathematics of 4d-tetris, or any other 4-dimensional polyforms been studied?

There are a few variations of 4d tetris games floating around the internet, but I'm more interested to know if there's been mathematical research done in the area of 4d polyforms. I assume that the ...
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Folding sheets of paper

You have $n\in\mathbb{N}^*$ sheets of paper with dimensions $a,b\in\mathbb{R}_+^*$ that can be folded as many times as needed. What is the set of lengths in $\left]0,\sqrt{a^2+b^2}\right]$ one ...
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Are (odd) perfect numbers divisible by a repdigit (in another base)? How about by a repunit?

[This has been cross-posted to MO.] A positive integer $N$ is said to be a perfect number if $$\sigma(N) = 2N,$$ where $\sigma(x)$ is the sum of the divisors of $x$. For example, $6$ is perfect ...
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Primes made from sequential digits

While messing around, I noticed that across some prime numbers contain only sequentially increasing digits, e.g. $23, 67, 89,23456789$. If we adopt a convention of returning to $1$ after a $9$, we ...
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Fusible numbers — can we prove fuse(4) is finite?

Fusible numbers have been discussed here before. Other links: fusible numbers. OEIS A188545. You have an unlimited number of irregularly burning fuses that will nevertheless burn for exactly 1 minute. ...
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Generalized-knight's tour

Define an $(a,b)$-knight as a chess piece that moves $a$ squares horizontally and $b$ squares vertically, or vice versa, in either order. Thus a normal chess knight is a $(1,2)$-knight. For which ...
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How do you evaluate $a^b$ where b is irrational using only basic operators.

How would you evaluate $a^b$ where b is irrational and you can only use +,-, multiplication, division, and rational powers. For example $2^\pi.$ We know $2^2$ = $2\times2$ etc... but when the power ...
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Finding the 'best' way in a card-arrangement-game

Let $n\ge 2\in\mathbb N$. Suppose that we have a card on which $1$ is written, a card on which $2$ is written, $\cdots$ , and a card on which $n$ is written. Now these $n$ cards are arranged from left ...
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Prove that eventually Hannah and the other swimmer will settle into a pattern where they pass each other (Please refer to the context in my question)

From the 2014 Mathcamp quiz: Hannah is about to get into a swimming pool in which every lane already has one swimmer in it. Hannah wants to choose a lane in which she would have to encounter the other ...
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Non-symmetric polynomials, game

This is a game I thought was easy but appears to be too hard for me... I'm trying to find a polynomial in x,y,z (they commute) such that permutations of the variables only give rise to 2 different ...
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Tools (electronic notebook and ontology viewer) of mathematical formulas (definitions and facts)

I am reading math books and articles (for applications in other disciplines, mostly about logics for computer science and AI) and the hardest part is to memorize formulas, to look up some ...
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Describing the sequence A224239.

I've been trying to describe mathematically the $n$th term $a_n$ of the sequence A224239. We get $a_n$ by counting the distinct ways to fill an $n\times n$ grid with squares of smaller integer size, ...
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Convex quadrilateral

In a convex quadrilateral (the two diagonals are interior to the quadrilateral) prove that the sum lengths of the diagonals is less than the perimeter but great than one-half the perimeter.
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On a certain type of card game

Suppose two players are playing a card game, which is described as follow. Each player is allowed to construct their own decks of exactly $n$ cards with an additional repeatable card, where each ...
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A Problem for the year with prime decomposition

I have noticed (and hope there are no errors) that: $$2013=3\times 11\times 61$$ $$2014=2\times 19\times 53$$ $$2015=5\times 13\times 31$$$ while 2012 and 2016 are not the product of exactly 3 ...
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Finding code in 5-guesses only

Suppose you want to crack a code composed of 4 digits (each between 0 to 5 when repetitions allowed) and you get feedback like in mastermind, how can you find it in less than 5 guesses in an ...
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Converting dot producto to set of arithmetic mean differences?

Ok so I am reading a book on linear algebra ( Gilbert Strang to be specific) and I am on second problem set, challenge problem, problem 29. In solutions it appears that the author states that: ...
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Net for both cube and regular tetrahedron

At how to fold it by Joseph O'Rourke, there is a net given that can be folded into a cube or irregular tetrahedron. Is there a net that can be folded into either a cube or regular tetrahedron?