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Minimal diameter of set of fractions

Let $p_n$ be a pairwise partition of $\{1,2,...,2n\}, n\in \bf N$ where $(a,b)\in p \implies a<b$, and $P_n$ the set of all such pairwise partition. $d(n) := \min_{p_n\in P_n}\big[\max\big(\big|\...
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Did I make a “forced” interpretation?

Just a few years ago I wrote an article called The Geometry of the MRB constant. Since then I've wondered if there is a better, more natural geometric analysis of the following summation. $$ \sum_{k=1}...
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In what kind of Banach algebras is 0 the only topological zero divisor?

On page 33 of http://math.aalto.fi/opetus/harmanal/pruju/calg04.pdf it is asked in what kind of Banach algebras is 0 the only topological zero divisor. What do they mean by kind of Banach algebras. ...
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Leisure reading for an undergraduate student

I am a freshman at a local university. I never really had much passion for math, but I always did well in math exams . I attribute this lack of passion to rote learning/emphasis on methods/formulas ...
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Why all near integers

$C$MRB is a symbol for the MRB constant. Why do I get all near 0, 1 or 2 for all values of n for sin(Pi/$C$MRB*(5060936308 + 78389363/24*Floor(n)))? The results near 0 are very small and the ...
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Recursive formular and closed-form questions

Follow the question the $f(n)=4n-1$ and $F(n)=\sum_{k=0}^nf(k)$. And it ask you to write the recursive of $F(n)$. But I only know the recursive of $f(n)$ is $$f(n)=\begin{cases} -1,&\text{if }n=...
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Conditions for convergence of a geometric series [duplicate]

This question concerns the infinite geometric series formula. It turns out there is a nice formula for the sum of an infinite geometric series. Consider the infinite geometric series $1+r+r^2+r^3+\...
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Swap two integers in different ways

This is a famous rudimentary problem : how to use mathematical operations (not any other temporary variable or storage) to swap two integers A and B. The most well-known way is the following: ...
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Computation of integral $\int_{0}^{1}\ln(p)\ln(1-p)p^{2}\,dp$

I want to compute this integral: \begin{equation*} J=\int_{0}^{1}\ln(p)\ln(1-p)p^{2}dp \end{equation*} It will be great if you can detail the proof. I tried to do change of variable it does not work,...
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For how many seconds do I need to turn the pedal?

For how many seconds do I need to turn the pedal of a bike, so that the number of turns is equal to the value of my velocity in the given moment measured in km/h.
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How to better compute this eta formula

In the question MRB constant proofs wanted , I gave the following excerpt from http://marvinrayburns.com/UniversalTOC25.pdf . . I accurately worked formula 44 in Matheamatica in the following code. ...
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Finding every $n$ such that $n\times$ ('reverse' number of $n)=m^2$ such as $1584\times 4851={2772}^2$

Let $r(n)$ be the 'reverse' number of $n$ in the decimal system. For example, $r(1234)=4321$. Then, here is my question. Question : Can we find every $n(\in\mathbb N)$, which is not a square ...
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Monotonically increasing path in a complete graph

Given a complete graph with n vertices such that all edge weights are distinct. Prove that we can find a monotonically increasing path of length n-1. I tried finding such a path by sorting the edges ...
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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: $$x\...
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roulette wheel sequence

Is the sequence of numbers around a European roulette wheel (the integers from 0 to 36 inclusive) random or is there a pattern to it? It is said to have been devised by Pascal, which might be thought ...
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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?
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Guilloché security printing — can it be cracked?

Money uses Security printing, and often uses Guilloché patterns. These curves are inscribed by wheels on wheels on wheels, ten wheels deep in some cases. For example, the back of the US $1 bill has ...
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Expected number of points on circle to form an acute angled triangle

This problem was asked to me in an interview. We keep on adding points on a circle uniformly until there exist three points on the circle which form an acute angled triangle. What is the expected ...
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Can you divide a square into 5 equal area regions

Given this shape: Is it possible to divide the cyan area into 5 equal area shapes such that: Each shape is the same Each shape has an edge touching the red square Each shape has an edge touching ...
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K non-intersecting diagonals in a polygon

Given a regular N-sided polygon, how many ways can you draw K non-intersecting diagonals? Any pair of diagonals must not intersect strictly inside the polygon. For e.g. N = 4 and K = 2 -> 2 ways ...
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What points do have three points with minimal distance on $x^2$?

Suppose you have a function $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and a Point $P = (x,y) \in \mathbb{R}^2$. Now you want to find all $x_1, \dots, x_n$ such that $$\forall \tilde x \in \mathbb{R} \...
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What is the most mathematical flag? [closed]

I know it sounds stupid. But my professor asked us which is the most mathematical flag. As I know most of the flags of the countries are rectangle then what does he mean by most mathematical flag?
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Investigating the density of special integers

I was working on a problem earlier and came up with a solution using the following type of integers: Call an integer $n \geq 3$ convenient if the following hold: $n$ is a squarefree odd integer if $...
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Where to find more of these puzzles?

Examples: A packing company supplies storage boxes in three different sizes: small, medium, and large. All three types of box have the same ratio of width:length and height:length. It is noted ...
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MRB constant proofs wanted

This article has been edited for a bounty. $C$ MRB, the MRB constant, is defined at http://mathworld.wolfram.com/MRBConstant.html . There is an excellent 56 page paper whose author has passed away. ...
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Why these exact values?

In Mathematica I have In[181]:= FullSimplify[ArcSin[10^(1/2)] == (Pi/2 - ArcSinh[3] I)] Out[181]= True In[206]:= FullSimplify[ArcSin[100^(1/3)] == (Pi/2 - ArcCosh[10^(2/3)] I)] Out[206]= True In[198]...
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Coded language puzzle!! [closed]

Here is a puzzle I can't crack. It goes like this: In a certain coded language MANGO=3/5 ORANGE=2/6 APPLE=1/5 Then, POTATO=?? The answer is 5/6. I would like to know to arrive at the answer.
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Why do my professors ignore my work? [closed]

I'm a high-school student finishing in December and about to pursue a career in mathematics. In my free time, I like to ''research'' hard problems and come up with unique proofs or combine already-...
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How many Hamiltonian loop are there in a big rectangle?

Suppose I have some big rectangle made of $n \times m$ squares, and I want to place tiles on it in a manner that makes a picture of a hamiltonian loop. I can transform this problem into a problem ...
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Tricky Puzzle!! Please help.

I stumbled upon a puzzle I can't crack. It goes like this: In a certain Code language: 7321=6 5342=3 8645=15 Then 9312=? The Answer is 9. But I can't seem to find the logic behind it??
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What can be the value of $m$ in following equation

During calculations I got this step $$(e^m/((m+1)^{m+1}) )^{3n/4} = 1/2^n$$ I want the value of m here??
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How small is the smallest circle a car can drive?

Lets say we have a model of a car with two fixed back wheels and two wheels in front that steer in the same angle: The wheelbase $w$ is the fixed distance of the two wheel axes. $\alpha_m$ is the ...
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Paul Erdős Joke.

I was watching the great documentary "$N$ is a Number" and in it Erdős tells a joke where he writes: PGOM LD AD LD CD Which means poor great old man, living dead, archeological discovery, legally ...
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Finding the time taken by a flight

I came across a question today which is as follows: A Flight takes off at 2 A.M from northeast direction and travels for 11 hours to reach the destination, which is in northwest direction. Given ...
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Among these figures circle, square, rectangle, isosceles triangle which has the greatest perimeter had the same area?

Among these figures circle, square, rectangle, isosceles triangle which has the greatest perimeter had the same area geometrically ?
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Throw dice, what does this mathematical expression mean in real life?

Assuming we have a dice and the event that if we throw dice for the k-th time and get a 6 is given by $A_k$, is there an actual explanation what $A:= \cap_{i=1}^{\infty} \cup_{j=i}^{\infty} A_j$ is?
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Weird system of equations

X : 2 = 7 Y : 2 = 6 X + Y = 15 Find X and Y. I think maybe this is some unpositional number system. I've tried positional, and it works for basis 21 (if we take X=D, and Y=C), but professor told me ...
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Radius ratio for four packed circles

Suppose we are given four circles $A,B,C,D$ in the Euclidean plane having radii $r_A,r_B,r_C,r_D$ such that $r_A=r_C,r_B=r_D$ and circles $A,C$ are tangent to each other and to $B,D$ but $B,D$ are ...
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Calculating the number of triangles

I am trying to calculate how many triangles that can be found in an equilateral triangle with $2n$ lines starting at the bottom angles and ending at the opposite side, such that equally many lines ...
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Don't understand this problem: There are only 2 pairs of positive integers $(x,y)$ for which…

..both $\frac{21}{x}$ and $\frac{70}{y}$ are in lowest terms and for which $\frac{21}{x} + \frac{70}{y}$ is an integer. One such pair is $(1,1)$. What is the other such pair? This is a Mathematics ...
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Can we get a 'good' approximate value of $\sqrt 2$ by an equation which uses each of $1,2,\cdots,9$ once such as $12653\div 8947\approx1.414217$?

I've been interested in representing $\sqrt 2\approx 1.414213562373095$ by an equation which uses each of $1,2,\cdots,9$ once. Suppose that the following conditions must be satisfied. Then, can we get ...
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Smullyan-To-Mock-a-Mockingbird, Find egocentric bird in L

Question (29, p. 81). Let me tell you the most surprising thing I know about larks: Suppose we are given that the forest contains a lark $L$ and we are not given any other information. From just this ...
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Partition of circumference into $3k$ arcs

The following problem is from 1982 Russian Mathematical Olympiad. If you go to this link, and scroll down to the section Russian Math Olympiad, then this is Problem 333 in that text-file. Let $k$ ...
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Prove problem of Mathematical Reasoning

The gcd of two integers $a$ and $b$ (both not zero) can be described as the smallest positive integer of the form $am+bn$, where $m,n \in \Bbb Z$. Prove that every positive $x$ of the the form $x=am+...
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“Convergence” of the sequence $a_k=2^{10^{\ k}}$

I've been observing final digits of each number in the sequence $$a_k=2^{10^{\ k}}$$ You get: $\ a_0=2 \\ a_1=1024 \\ a_2= ...205376 \\a_3= ...069376\\a_4=...709376\\a_5=...9883109376\\a_6=......
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Help explain a new theory on small sines

(10 Mantissa[sin(10^(-100 - r1/x))])^(r2x) The reason for the argument form .10^[-n-(1/x)] is the beautiful pattern found in sin(10^-n) for positive integer n. $$ \begin{array}{| c | r |} \hline n&...
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Why are these geometric problems so hard?

I was surprised to learn that both for the Moving Sofa Problem and Packing 11 Squares solutions have been proposed, but in either case the optimality of the proposed solution is, as of yet, only ...
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My conjecture on almost integers.

Here when I was studying almost integers , I made the following conjecture - Let $x$ be a natural number then For sufficiently large $n$ (Natural number) Let $$\Omega=(\sqrt x+\lfloor \sqrt x \...
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“If $1/a + 1/b = 1 /c$ where $a, b, c$ are positive integers with no common factor, $(a + b)$ is the square of an integer”

If $1/a + 1/b = 1 /c$ where $a, b, c$ are positive integers with no common factor, $(a + b)$ is the square of an integer. I found this question in RMO 1992 paper ! Can anyone help me to prove ...
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What does it mean to be $0.9-$Dimension?

We can visualize $1\mathrm D$, $2\mathrm D$, $3\mathrm D$ and we can think of a higher $M-\mathrm {Dimension}$ where $M\in \mathbb N^+$as a vector. But I recently learned that there are non integer ...