What is the most interesting math problem you've encountered that you could share? Post away!

- Astrophysics

What is the most interesting math problem you've encountered that you could share? Post away!

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- amilapsn

Do you know how to prove all triangles are isosceles?

- imqwerty

- the sum of two opposite sides and a diagonal of a quadrilateral is 20cm. The area of quadrilateral is 50cm^2. Find the length of the other diagonal.
this question is 100% correct and no information is missing :)
:D

- Astrophysics

Haha, that sounds surprisingly easy, but it's not..hmm

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- imqwerty

XD

- ganeshie8

My all time favorite math problem is a proof: The quadratic reciprocity law.
For distinct odd primes \(p,q\), show that
\[\large (p/q)(q/p)=(-1)^{\frac{p-1}{2}\frac{q-1}{2}}\]
(Gauss got so much obsessed with this problem and called it law )
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadratic_reciprocity

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- thomas5267

@imqwerty Does the quadrilateral has to be convex?

- thomas5267

Would this be a valid quadrilateral under the scope of that question?
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- imqwerty

its not given in the question so u can take any quadrilateral.

- thomas5267

"the sum of two opposite sides and a diagonal of a quadrilateral is 20cm."
Which of the following is true?
one side + opposite side + diagonal = 20 cm; or,
one side + opposite side = diagonal = 20 cm

- imqwerty

1st one

- mathmath333

recently reasoning questions are fascinating

- nincompoop

cool!

- nincompoop

does it work with other integer or Z+ values?

- nincompoop

the boxes for astro

- nincompoop

nevermind, I just checked it myself

- ganeshie8

@mukushla is the answer emptyset ?

- ganeshie8

the given equation can be rearranged as
a^3 - b^3 = 199*200*ab
(a-b)(a^2+ab+b^2)=199*200*ab
(a-b)(a/b+b/a+1) = 199*200
since the right hand side is integer, it must be the case that a/b+b/a is also an integer
only integer value of a/b+b/a is 2 and this doesn't satisfy the equation, so there are no solutions

- dan815

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- ikram002p

you might sound this crazy but my favorite is (The Alternate Angle Theorem ) Proof xD

- ikram002p

my second lovely problem is an OS question :3
http://openstudy.com/study#/updates/53ee042fe4b0f30a87d63d4d
http://openstudy.com/study#/updates/53ecad4be4b01789aba50084
http://openstudy.com/study#/updates/53ef2279e4b01789aba66331

- ikram002p

i also liked 1+1 which Bertrand Russell stated in logic ,
i dont think that ur post wide enough to handle the rest of mine so i'll stay and see what others lovely problems that users have.
thanks @Astrophysics :3

- Nnesha

2+2=22

- amistre64

abbot and costello: 7x13=28
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkbQDEXJy2k

- Astrophysics

Haha that was good amistre, thanks xD
This is turning out pretty nice, thanks everyone for sharing! Nice posts @ikram002p hehe, I also enjoyed this post ganeshie made for a triple integral a while back
http://openstudy.com/users/ganeshie8#/updates/54de8a16e4b0b0ad8854cba3

- Nnesha

5+5+5=550

- ali2x2

The most interesting I've found is 2+2 :) Its 22 :D

- Nnesha

o^_^o

- zzr0ck3r

Cantors argument that the real numbers are uncountable.
It suffices to show that \((0,1)\) is uncountable.
Suppose it was, then we can make a list as follows
\(0.a_1a_2a_3a_4...\)
\(0.b_1b_2b_3b_4...\)
\(0.c_1c_2c_3c_4...\)
\(0.d_1d_2d_3d_4...\)
\(0.e_1e_2e_3e_4...\)
\(0.f_1f_2f_3f_4...\)
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Consider the number \(0.abcdef\) where \(a=1\) if \(a_1\ne a\) else \(a=0\)
and \(b=1\) if \(b_2\ne b\) else \(b=0\) and \(c=1\) if \(c_3\ne c\) else \(c=0\).
It is not on the list!

- zzr0ck3r

There are little things I left out, but that is pretty much the thing :)

- Astrophysics

Ahh yes, I've heard of this, thank you so much for bringing this up, this is great!

- zzr0ck3r

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Area of entire square \((a+b)^2\)
Area of entire square broken into chunks \(4*\frac{2}{1}a*b+c^2\)
set them equal
\(4*\frac{1}{2}a*b+c^2=(a+b)^2\\\cancel{2ab}+c^2=a^2+\cancel{2ab}+b^2\)
\[a^2+b^2=c^2\]

- zzr0ck3r

My drawing could be better lol :)

- Astrophysics

Nice one, and don't worry about it haha

- zzr0ck3r

That cantor argument should also say
\(a=1\) if \(a_1\ne 1\) else \(a=0\)
\(b=1\) if \(b_2\ne 1\) else \(b=0\)
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- Jhannybean

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- Jhannybean

What about you,@Empty ?

- anonymous

Do people encounter their own problem?

- ganeshie8

ohh right, that is a blunder lol

- ikram002p

lets try to solve it in separate question :)

- tkhunny

One I missed on the Putnam, many years ago.
1) Given a rectangle with the center identified.
2) Shoot an infinitely elastic point in any direction.
3) Bounce off the infinitely elastic walls if necessary - and it usually will be.
4) The point escapes the rectangle ONLY at the corners.
5) What is the expected number of bounces for the point to exit?
Obviously, there are 4 directions with 0 bounces.
Obviously, there are 8 directions with 1 bounce.
Now what?

- Jack1

a girl on here asked me to calculate how much wood a woodchuck could chuck once... she was pretty so i tried...

- anonymous

(9^62773 + 2)^83721
(9 to the 62773 power plus 2) to the 83721 power.
It caught my eye

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