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**n872yt3r****Member**- Registered: 2013-01-21
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There is an awesome challenge online. Since yesterday was pi day (March 14) they have something really cool.

www.pidaychallenge.com

3.14159265358979... Ok.

It's a series of levels where you have to answer lots of math questions.

Here are some of the questions below:

1. Name the first 5 decimal digits of pi.

3. (This is a trick question) What does the license plate say?

6A. The ___________ Theorem states that for any right triangle, the sum of the lengths equals the square of the length of the hypotenuse.

6B. What is x?

9. What are the roots of the function

11. What is Archimedes' ratio approximation of pi?

I'm completely stuck on #23:

You run downwards at a speed of 3 steps per second.

It takes you 180 steps to get to the bottom.

You walk upwards at a speed of 1 step per second.

It takes you 20 steps to get to the top.

How many steps do you need if the escalator stands still?

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Happy Pi Day and Thanks for the link

Is that the full statement of the problem?

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**n872yt3r****Member**- Registered: 2013-01-21
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It's all they tell me. There's another incomplete question. You have to find the area of the blue shaded area of a triangle with 10 equally tangent circles inside, but you can see the side **or** the radius.

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I am also struck at that equilateral

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**digits****Member**- Registered: 2013-01-02
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Oh!

I forgot to wish everybody Happy Pi Day on March 14th!

Hope it was good for you all.

Cheers! digits

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Bring me my Arrows of Desire!

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Answer: 60 steps

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

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My father helped me

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Looks like I needed the help...

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**n872yt3r****Member**- Registered: 2013-01-21
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Thanks guys now I'm on 26; it's not an actual problem but a visual logic puzzle.

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Hi bobbym,

Can you walk me out through problem 22

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Problem 22? I do not know it?!

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There are 10 circles each of radius 3 cm stacked like this:

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* *

* * *

* * * *

Then they are being inscribed by a triangle. Something like this, but more tightly, I mean perfectly inscribing:

^

/ * \

/ * * \

/ * * * \

/ * * * * \

________

What is the area of that triangle?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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How close must the answer be and what type of answer?

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That is not important. I only want to know how it is done

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An analytical solution is different than a numerical one. Do you need a closed form?

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What is a closed form? I would say an analytical one because the radii of the circle may be different

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An expression is said to be a closed-form expression if it can be expressed in terms of a finite number of elementary expressions.

is in closed form

is not.

Both represent numbers but the integral is not an elementary function.

Perhaps a better question is, do you want an exact answer?

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no, I want to know how the question can be attacked

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Numerically will yield an answer quickly. Then the only question is one of accuracy.

For instance the triangles area is approximately 350 cm.

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Numerically will yield an answer quickly. Then the only question is one of accuracy.

I do not want the answer badly. I've already cracked the answer by intellignet brute-force

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Then I am interested in what you did.

I would do it in one of two ways. Use geogebra to make a very fine diagram and extrapolate to the answer by making several ansatzes.

I would place the circles one using simultaneous equations and then figure the triangle that would enclose them. It will require M.

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That puzzle had an option, either you can ask for the length of the sides of the triangles or the radii of the circles.

Unfortunately, each time I refreshed the page, the problem was regenerated with new values

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I also would first investigate all the literature.

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Using what kind of a search algorithm?

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