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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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#1. Rating: Easy

A window cleaner carries a uniform 60-lb ladder 15 ft long, at one end of which a bucket of water weighing 40 lb is hung. At what point must he support the ladder to carry it horizontally? Where is the center of gravity of his load?

(This problem is taken from chapter 4 of *The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie* by Muriel Spark. )

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**noelevans****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-20
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Writing "pretty" math (two dimensional) is easier to read and grasp than LaTex (one dimensional).

LaTex is like painting on many strips of paper and then stacking them to see what picture they make.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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#2. Rating: Medium

Do there exist integers *n* such that 3[sup]*n*[/sup]+7[sup]*n*[/sup] is a perfect square?

*Last edited by scientia (2013-01-08 11:29:46)*

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi scientia,

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi scientia

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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anonimnystefy and bobbym:

Perfect! You got it right.

#3 Rating: Medium

Evaluate:

*Last edited by scientia (2013-01-08 23:07:47)*

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi scientia

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi scientia

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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#4. Rating: Difficult

*x* and *y* are real numbers satisfying

Find the maximum and minimum values of

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi scientia;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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#5. Rating: Easy

Let *A* and *B* be finite sets with *m* and *n* elements respectively, and suppose :*A*→*B* is a mapping. If is injective (one-to-one), show that *m* ≤ *n*.

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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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Let *A* and *B* be finite sets with *m* and *n* elements respectively, and suppose :*A*→*B* is a mapping. If is surjective (onto), show that *m* ≥ *n*.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi scientia

*Last edited by anonimnystefy (2013-01-23 02:22:17)*

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

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**Ivar Sand****Member**- Registered: 2013-01-22
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*Last edited by Ivar Sand (2013-01-25 02:00:55)*

I majored in Physics in 1976. Also, I studied mathematics and computer science. I work as a computer programmer. I am from Norway.

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