A puzzle is a game, problem, or toy that tests a person's ingenuity or knowledge. In a puzzle, the solver is expected to put pieces together in a logical way, in order to arrive at the correct or fun solution of the puzzle. There are different genres of puzzles, such as crossword puzzles, word-search puzzles, number puzzles, relational puzzles, and logic puzzles.
Puzzles are often created to be a form of entertainment but they can also arise from serious mathematical or logical problems. In such cases, their solution may be a significant contribution to mathematical research.
Here is my attempt.
Beginning state:
Bag B : B, B, O
Bag A : R, R, G, V, Y
Final state:
Bag B: B, B, O, + G/V/Y
Bag A: remaining balls
First possible exchange that would have exactly 3 different colors in each bag is:
Move 1: P ( Arjun moves either the green, violet, or yellow ball to...
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Hi everyone.
I came across the following brainteaser:
A plane travels from airport A to airport B and then returns to A from B. There is no wind, both trips follow a straight line, and the plane flies at constant engine speed.
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I know that the puzzle is related to the LCM of the denominators of the fractions. I could create a few of my own puzzles too (for example, 23 camels to be divided in 1/2, 1/3, 1/8th). But I have some more questions about this puzzle.
1. What is the formal name for this solution method?
2...
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The puzzle is to figure out in what sense this is true.
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My homework is making a crossword.
I write a code like this:
do{
//code
printf("Please enter the coordinate and the word: \n");
scanf(" %c%d %s",&row2,&column2,word2);
if(row2=='E' && word2=="xit") exit(0);
//code
}while(count2!=10);
But this is...
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https://www.quantamagazine.org/how-pi-connects-colliding-blocks-to-a-quantum-search-algorithm-20200121/
and related papers:
Play Pool with PI (2003 paper by Galperin)
https://www.maths.tcd.ie/~lebed/Galperin. Playing pool with pi.pdf
and
Playing Pool with |ψ⟩: from Bouncing Billiards to...
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This is not homework. I am struggling with a puzzle from this book (page 6, puzzle #13). I know the answer of the puzzle but I can't seem to figure out a good approach.
1. Homework Statement
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A while back I posted a black hole horizon puzzle. This is another puzzle in the same general spirit. It is based on the scenario described in this old PF thread:
https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/a-flaw-of-general-relativity.115418/
Needless to say, as was the case with my previous...
Eight queens puzzle - Wikipedia -- place eight chess queens on a chessboard so that none of them attack each other.
It turns out that there are 92 solutions, though when one counts together positions related by chessboard symmetries, there are only 12 solutions.
This problem has been modified...
A logic puzzle I just found online:
$$
5+3+2 = 151022\\
9+2+4 = 183652\\
8+6+3 = 482466\\
5+4+5 = 202541\\
7+2+5 = ? $$
[/SPOILER]
Edit: The answer to the problem is not 14.
Please post how long did the problem take you to solve:wink:
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Homework Statement
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Solution: