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What is the minimum number of moves of solve the puzzle?

There is board in which there are $m\times m$ boxes each assigned an a non zero integer except one box which is marked as $0$ and is treated as vacant. Only the vertical and horizontal neighbors of ...
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A quick question on general mathematics

I have the following question that I am currently unable to satisfactorily answer myself. My question is: Does the inequality $$\frac{a}{b} + \frac{b}{a} < \frac{f(a)}{f(b)} + ...
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Solve for $x$: $\sqrt{12} - \sqrt[3\leftroot1]{720} = \sqrt{x}$

I want to solve for $x$ Here's the question $$\large \sqrt{12} - \sqrt[3\leftroot1]{720} = \sqrt{x}$$ I need to find the value of $x$ Help!
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How many different game situations has connect four?

In the game connect four with a $7 \times 6$ grid like in the image below, how many game situations can occur? Rules: Connect Four [...] is a two-player game in which the players first choose a ...
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In a set we have $a(b+c)=ab+c$. What is it?

suppose $A\subseteq \mathbb{N}$ and for any $a,b,c\in A$ with $a<b<c$ we have $$a(b+c)=ab+c$$ what are all $A$ with this property?! here $\mathbb{N}=\{1,2,3,...\}$.
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Triangle from a given rectangle

We are given a set of (marked) points in a 2D coordinate system and function $f(x,y)$ which counts number of points marked in the rectangle $(0 , 0), (x , y)$ - where $(0 , 0)$ if down-left corner, ...
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Does $p\mid f(m)+f(n)\leftrightarrow p\mid f(m+n)$ imply $f(m+n)=f(m)+f(n)$?

Let $f:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$ be a function such that: $$(\forall p: \mathrm{~prime~})(\forall m,n\in\mathbb{N})(p\mid f(m)+f(n)\leftrightarrow p\mid f(m+n))$$ is $f$ linear? by linear I mean: ...
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What turmite runs the longest before becoming predictable?

When looking at 2D Turing machines, many of them eventually become predictable. For example, Langton's Ant, the champion 2-color 1-state turmite, develops a highway after 10,000 steps. Predictable ...
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Are numbers with repeating patterns in their decimal expansion (e.g. $0.123123123\ldots$) rational?

There's a question that I've been thinking about for quite some time now. We all know that numbers with infinite decimal expansion such as $0.\overline{3}$ or $0.\overline{1}$ are not necessarily ...
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least number of planes intersecting a finite number of points in space, but not intersecting origin.

Let $$\mathbb{R}^*=\mathbb{R}-\{0\}$$ and $$N=\{0,...,n\}$$ and $$\mathcal{M}=\{ A\subseteq \mathbb{R}^3\times\mathbb{R}^* \mid (\forall\mathbb{x}\in N^3:\mathbb{x}\ne 0)(\exists(\mathbb{a},d)\in ...
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A problem about symmetric relations on finite sets.

We have these assumptions: $X$ is a finite set. $\sim$ is an irreflexive symmetric relation on $X$. for any subset $Y\subseteq X$ we define $$\mathcal{Cl}(Y)=\{A\subseteq Y\mid(\forall a,b\in ...
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Are $4ab\pm 1 $ and $(4a^2\pm 1)^2$ coprime?

Let $a\ne b$ be two positive integers. Are $4ab+1$ and $(4a^2+1)^2$ coprime always? Can you find $a$ and $b$ such that they are not coprime? Edit: It has been proved that $4ab-1$ is not a divisor ...
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How can I solve an Euler-Lagrange equation that satisfies certain conditions

The idea comes from a recreational math problem-- Place two identical coins side by side and roll one along the circumference of another without slipping, how many revolutions will the rolling coin ...
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Number theory fun problem

Say $a,b > 2 $ are integers. Then we have that $2^a + 1$ is not divisible by $2^b - 1$. Any thoughts on how to tackle this problem???
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Why does a Penrose Stair seem to be correct?

Penrose Stairs seem to be a locally valid but globally inconsistent contraption. I have a couple of questions: Is it physically realizable? In other words, is it possible to build a 3-D structure of ...
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Upside down bell shaped graph moving with respect to $x$ axis

Basically, I wanted to create a "loser" graph. Along the $x$ axis we'd have time and along the $y$ axis is how much of a loser someone is. I want the graph to be an upside down bell shaped graph ...
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Given $n+1\mid2\sum_{k=1}^{n}{a_k}$, find $a_k$.

Let $m$ be a positive integer. There are only 2 finite sequences of positive integers like $a_1,a_2,...,a_m$ such that $$(\forall n \leq m)\left(n+1\mid2\sum_{k=1}^{n}{a_k}, \quad a_n\in [1,m],\quad ...
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Conjecture I came up with

For each number translated into binary $0$, $1$, $10$, $11$, $100$, $101$, $110$, $111$, $1000$, ... find a number where, when you take the length of the binary number, the binary number and the ...
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Correct Path To Castle Riddle [duplicate]

I'm working on the following riddle that I found to be kind of interesting, but I can't figure it out. The problem is as follows: A prince visits an island inhabited by two tribes. Members of one ...
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What is the max single day score on jeopardy?

So, I was trying to figure out what the max score on jeopardy is for a single day. what I did was account for the daily doubles at the very end with the lowest value category, (to save on the 1000's), ...
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What is the difference in chance, based on foreknowledge of the resolution?

I'm working to understand the differences between Odds, Probability and Chance. I've come up with a hypothetical situation to show where I'm having a bit of an issue. Chad shuffles a standard deck ...
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What is the most mathematically sound way to define the “damage per second” for a weapon?

Consider a weapon firing shots every $f^{-1}$ seconds (i.e. $f$ is the weapon's fire rate). Each shot deals $n$ damage to is target. Consider another weapon firing every $3f^{-1}$ second, but dealing ...
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Problem with probability

If we choose randomly an infinite, countable set of disks in $\mathbb R^2$, what is the probability that intersection of every pair of disks from the set is an empty set? EDIT: Because the problem in ...
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$4494410$ and friends

The number $4494410$ has the property that when converted to base $16$ it is $44944A_{16}$, then if the $A$ is expanded to $10$ in the string we get back the original number. ...
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How to Construct orthogonal circles?

Let $C_{1}$ be a circle of unit radius. Let A and B be two points inside $C_{1}$. Now I want to construct another circle $C_{2}$ such that A and B lie on $C_{2}$ and $C_{2}$ is orthogonal to $C_{1}$ ...
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maximising the frequency of mode.

I have 4 numbers 5,5,3,1. Now I have the number 5, which I can distribute in any manner to ...
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Compute Birthdate From Age

I have an interesting problem. I want to compute a birthdate (Month Date, Year) from a given age. I understand that subtracting the given age from the current date will supply the year of birth, but ...
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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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Sailors, monkey and coconuts

Five sailors and a monkey were shipwrecked on a deserted island, and they spent the first day gathering coconuts for food, piled them all up together and went to bed. But when they were all asleep one ...
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Help on French Math Education Paper

I am looking for very basic (probably I should say very elementary) papers in french designed for elementary school teachers and elementary school educators. I would appreciate if someone can provide ...
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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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Arc sums for a circle of $k$ positive integers whose total sum is $n$

This problem got me thinking about the following more general scenario: Suppose you have $k$ positive integers with total sum $n$, and you arrange them in a circle. Given such an arrangement, you ...
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Concise naming-scheme for polyominoes

There is a neat naming scheme for pentominoes based on letters they resemble. Is there a generalized naming scheme for polyominoes? If there isn't a canonical one, can you think of a good one? ...
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Expected number of calls for bingo win

Before I begin, I did a search through math.stackexchange and came across two previous attempts to get people to solve probability problems involving bingo. Neither produced a response. So what ...
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Buddhabrot Sewing machine [closed]

The Buddhabrot fractal traces the orbits of the points outside the Mandelbrot set. What design considerations need to be taken into account to create a computerised sewing machine that traces out ...
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Is the number of alternating primes infinite?

I'm not sure if the recreational-mathematics tag is appropriate, but this problem came up during a practice Putnam seminar so maybe? The problem: Say that a positive integer is alternating if ...
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Cyclic sums — How do you use them?

Can someone give me an example of how cyclic sums are used? I don't really understand how they're used in problem-solving. For example, $$\sum_{a,b,c}a^2$$ Any help would be appreciated, and I'm not ...
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Is there a collection of alternative mathematical notation? (Semi-soft Question)

I'm interested in alternative systems of notation for mathematics. I've often heard how mathematical notation is illogical, inconsistent, filled with grandfather clauses that serve no purpose, and ...
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Question on pathological sine function

Some years ago I came across what was defined as "pathological" function defined as: $$ f(x)=\sum_{k=1}^\infty \frac{1}{k^2}\cdot \sin\left(k!\cdot x\right) $$ It was mentioned (in an article I ...
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Is high school contest math useful after high school?

I've been prepping for a lot of high school math competitions this year, and I was just wondering if all the math I learn would actually mean something in college. There is a chance that all of it ...
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Example of a question that would seem not to have enough information for an answer

Looking for an example of a question that would seem not to have sufficient information for an answer, or a question that the solution would not require (or maybe even maybe hindered ) by the extra ...
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Number of circles in configuration

Consider the $n^2$ lattice points $(i, j)$, where $1 \leq i, j \leq n$. Let the number of circles that pass through at least 3 points of this set be $C(n)$. What is a good way to count this? Is there ...
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How many ways to write one million as a product of three integers?

In how many ways can the number 1;000;000 (one million) be written as the product of three positive integers $a, b, c,$ where $a \le b \le c$? (A) 139 (B) 196 (C) 219 (D) 784 (E) None of the ...
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Discrete Maths question

Show that $S=\{1,3,4,5,9\}$ is a difference set for $\Bbb Z_{11}$. Identify the design produced from $S$ by the sets of the form $S+i$, $i \in\Bbb Z_{11}$.
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Request for a proof of the following continued-fraction identity

I have been poring over many texts about continued fractions, but none of them seem to be helping me to prove the following beautiful continued-fraction identity (I am nowhere close): $$ ...
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How can you construct as many intersections as possible with n lines?

If you have $n$ lines, it seems to be obvious that you can have at most $\frac{n^2-n}{2}$ intersections: $n = 1$: Obviously you need two lines to intersect, so the maximum number of intersections is ...
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Puzzle of $N$ men around a table

This was asked to me by a friend. $N$ men sit around a circular table. Man 1 has a sword with him and he kills the Man 2, Man 3 picks up this sword and kills the next person i.e. Man 4. Thus the man ...
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How to solve this algorithmic puzzle?

For fixed integers $T\geq G>1$, we say a list $[a_1, a_2,\cdots, a_n]$ is normal if every consecutive sublist $[a_i, a_{i+1}, \cdots a_{i+T-1}]$ of length $T$ has less than $G$ maximal elements. ...
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Prove that all combinators must fulfill A x = x for some x, given that M x = x x and composability of any two combinators

I'm working through Raymond Smullyan's "To Mock a Mockingbird" and I'm stuck on the first problem in the combinatory logic section. I'd appreciate hints, but no spoilers please. The problem is ...
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The number of prime years in a lifetime

$2013$ is not a prime: $3 \times 11 \times 61$. I was born in a prime year, and if I live as expected according to the statistics for U.S. males, I will just reach another prime year, $2027$. That ...