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2008-12-23 by kmh

Consider n points being placed on a circle with any any 2 points being connected by a line. These lines partition the disk into faces/regions. Let f(n) be the maximal numbers of faces that n points can create. Conjecture & proof  a formula for f(n) .

2008-12-13 by kmh

Consider some arbitrary parallelogram ABCE and construct square over its sides. Show the the centers of thos 4 squares from a square themselves.
(original source: Coxeter/Greitzer:  Geometry Revisited, p 84)

2008-12-11 by kmh

A,B  are 2 points with a distance of 7cmc is a circle with A as its center and a radius of 2cm and finally C, D are 2 points on the circle c. Determine the maximal area that the triangle \triangle BCD can assume.

2008-12-6 Baywatch Math by kmh

Pamela Anderson swims into a jellyfish close to the beach and faints. She has 10 more seconds left before drowning, when David Hasselhoff spots her. Hasselhoff  runs 100m in 12 seconds and swims 100m in 60 seconds. The distance between Hasselhof and Anderson is 48.01m with Anderson being 8m away from the shoreline in the water and Hasselhoff being 20m away from the shoreline on the beach. Can he get to her in time before she drowns?

2008-12-3 by kmh

Consider some arbitrary ellipse E and some point P outside E.
a) Construct the 2 tangents from P on E by using ruler and compass only.
b) Compute the 2 tangents analytically (i.e. as map of the form y=f(x) or f:t\mapsto (x(t),y(t)).

2008-11-25 by lhrrwcc

Let A,B be sets and let U (resp V) be the subring of Real valued functions on A (resp B) st for all f in U(resp V) f>0 => Exists g in U (resp V) st f = g^2
if phi:U->V is a ring homomorphism then for all c in Reals, phi(c)=c

2008-11-19 by kmh

Compute \displaystyle{\lim_{x\rightarrow 0} \frac{\int_0^x \ln(1+t^2)\,dt}{x^3}}

2008-11-18 by bor0

Assume some inequality whose LHS is represented as L(n) and RHS is R(n). Furthermore assume that L(n) < R(n) is true and that L(n) is the sum of n terms. Now prove that if L(n+1) - L(n) < R(n+1) - R(n) is true, then it follows that L(n+1) < R(n+1) is true as well.

2008-11-4 by lhrrwcc

Let the function g:R\rightarrow R be continuous but not differentiable at x=0 with g(0)=2. Show that f(x)=g(x)\cdot\sin(3x) is differentiable at x=0 and compute f^\prime(0).

2008-10-30 by kmh

Show that if 100m+n is divisible by 7, then m+4n is divisble by 7 as well.

2008-10-14 by TurboBee

It takes Mr. Todd 4 hours longer to prepare an order of pies than it takes Mrs. Lovett. They bake together for 2 hours.  When Mrs. Lovett leaves, Mr. Todd takes 7 additional hours to complete the work. Working alone, how long does it take Mrs. Lovett to prepare the pies?

2008-9-22 by kmh

Probability snack:
John’s father has 2 children. What’s the probablilty for John to have a brother?

2008-9-18 by kmh

Determine the number of subspaces of \mathbb{Z}_p^n

2008-8-27 by kmh

The number 916238457 is a nine-digit number which contains each of the digits 1 to 9 exactly. It also has the property that the digits 1 to 5 occur in their correct order, while the digits 1 to 6 do not. How many numbers like this exist?

2008-8-11 by lhrrwcc

Given a circle C of center O and another circle C’ that pass trought O and cuts C at points A,B and let X != O be a point of C’ interior to C, the line AX cuts C at D, show that XD = XB

2008-8-1 by karlo

A calculus professor wants to assign his students a problem of the form, “A pipe of diameter ___ meets another pipe of diameter ___ with a right-angle bend. What’s the longest pin that can make it around that bend?” He decides to make each diameter a positive integer, chosen so that the correct answer will also be a positive integer. What values should he choose?

2008-7-27 by kmh

Consider a line segment\overline{AB} and pick an arbiraty point C on it, that is different from the midpoint. Now consider some circle k with radius r which touches \overline{AB} in C. The tangents from A and B on k intersect in a point P. If you modify the radius r , you’ll get a new position for P or more precisely if you let r run from 0 to \infty then P moves a long a certain curve. Determine that curve.
(original source: de.rec.denksport)

2008-7-22 by dsster

Compute \displaystyle{ \int \arcsin(\sqrt{x})dx }.

2008-7-17 by kmh

Show that for all power of 3 the 2nd last digit is even. For instance we have 3^5=729 and 2 is even.
(original source: de.rec.denksport)

2008-6-29 by kmh

Draw the function f(x)=x^2 in a coordinate system and erase its axis’. Now reconstruct the coordinate axis’ by using ruler and compass only.

2008-6-20 by kmh

Compute \int_0^1 \ln(x)\cdot\ln(1-x) dx
(Original source: The Red Book of Mathematical Problems)

2008-6-10 by ChaosTheory

Compute \displaystyle{ \int_0^\infty \frac{\sin(x)^2}{x^2} dx}.

2008-6-5 June Special: The Octahedron of Horrors by kmh

This problem is taken from the central Abitur finals of North Rhine-Westphalia of 2008. Though not necessarily that difficult it nevertheless caused such havoc among highschool students for some reason, that the media subsequently dubbed it the “octahedron of horrors“.

An Octahedron is inscribed into a cube as shown in the the figure. The following coordinates are given A=(13,-5,3), B=(11,3,1), C=(5,3,7), S_1=(13,1,9)

a) The thickness of an octahedron is defined as the distance between 2 parallel faces. Compute the thickness of the given octahedron.

b) Compute the coordinates of P_6 and P_8

c) Let M_{\overline{AB}} be the midpoint of \overline{AB} and M_{\overline{CD}} the midpoint of \overline{CD}. The line g connects M_{\overline{AB}} and M_{\overline{CD}}. The octahedron is now rotated around g such that A gets mapped to A^\prime=(12+2\sqrt{2}, -1+\sqrt{2}, 2+2\sqrt{2}). Show that the rotation angle is \alpha=90^\circ and compute the coordinates of B^\prime being the image of B under the rotation.

d) Let E_a: 2x_1+x_2+2x_3+9\cdot(2a-5)=0 a set of planes and h=S_1S_2 a line connecting S_1 and S_2 (S_2=(5,-3,1)). Show that E_a is orthogonal to h and compute their intersection P_a (control value P_a=(13-4a,1-2a,9-4a)). For 0\leq a\leq 1 E_a cuts off a pyramid with S_1 as top from the octahedron. Compute the volume V_a of that pyramid.

e) Now cut off the pyramid of d) with volume V_a from every corner of the octahedron. The resulting figure is called R_a (0\leq a\leq\frac{1}{2}). Describe R_a for a=\frac{1}{3} and a =\frac{1}{2} regarding the shape and number of its faces.

2008-5-30 by kmh

Determine the size of the dark area.

2008-5-26 by slikrs

How can 2n+1 items be arranged in a circle n different ways, such that no item has the same neighbor twice?

2008-5-22 by kmh

Find all values of \sin(x^8-x^6-x^4+x^2) for x\in\mathbb{N} and x^8-x^6-x^4+x^2 denoting an angle in degrees.

2008-5-19 by kmh

Show that \frac{\binom{2n}{n}}{n+1} \in \mathbb{N} for all n\in\mathbb{N} .
(Original source: The Red Book of Mathematical Problems)

2008-5-15 by karlo

The game of Set has 81 cards, each with 4 attributes (number, symbol, shading, color) that can have any of three values. (All 3^4 possible combinations are represented, once each.) Three cards form a valid triple if, for each attribute, the three cards have all different values or all identical values for that attribute. For example, (2-oval-solid-red, 1-oval-empty-red, 3-oval-hashed-red) is a valid triple. What is the maximum number of cards one can have with no valid triples among them?

2008-5-11 by kmh

Consider a convex quadrangle with sides a, b, c, d. Show that if the quadrangle has an incircle and a circumcircle then its area is \sqrt{abcd} .

2008-5-7 by peaceofmind

How many 10 digits numbers can be formed from the digits 1,2,3,such that the digit 3 occurs exactly 3 times in the 10 digits number? How many of those numbers are divisible by 6?

2008-5-4 by karlo

A polygon is “treble” if the number of edges bounding it is a multiple of three (triangle, hexagon, etc.) A polyhedron is treble if all of its faces are treble. Prove or disprove: Any convex polyhedron can be made treble by trimming it a finite number of times, where the trim operation cuts off one corner. (If that corner had n edges, then the trimmed polyhedron has one more (n-sided) face, n more edges, and n more vertices. Additional trimming may be done at either a new vertex or an old one.)

2008-4-29 by kmh

Compute \displaystyle \lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} \sum_{k=n}^{2n} \frac{1}{k}
( original source: Internet Math Olympiad Israel 2008 )

2008-4-14 by Karlo

Given the graph of an arbitrary ellipse E and some point P outside of E. Construct the 2 tangents from P on E by using ruler and compass only.

2008-4-11 by kmh

Prove that the equation y^2=x^3+23 has no solutions in integers x and y.
(Source: The Red Book of Mathmatical Problems (Dover))

2008-4-7 by phi

A 2008×2008 matrix has only elements from the set {0, 1}. Given that every two lines differ from each other in a half of the positions, prove that every two columns also differ in a half of the positions.
( original source: Internet Math Olympiad Israel 2008 )
2008-3-31 by Karlo
Construct the foci of arbitrary ellipse given as a graph using ruler and compass only.



2008-3-29 by kmh

P is a point on a circle and A is point outside the circle. The tangents from A onto the circle meet it in B and C. Now construct the perpendiculars from P on the 2 tangents and the line BC, they intersect those lines in A_1, B_1, C_1 . Show that |PA_1|^2=|PB_1|\cdot |PC_1|.

(Original source: Coxeter/Greitzer: Geometry Revisited)

2008-3-23 by phi

Let A, B, C, D be 4 distinct spheres in space. Suppose the spheres A and B intersect along a circle which belongs to plane P. The spheres B and C intersect along a circle which belongs to plane Q, the spheres C and D intersect along a circle which belongs to plane S and spheres D and A intersect along a circle which belongs to plane T. Prove that the planes P, Q, S, T are either parallel to the same line or have a common point.

(original source: Internet Math Olympiad Israel 2008)

2008-3-20 The Cossack and the Goat by kmh

Two roads are intersecting in a 30^\circ angle. On the first road there is cossack riding his horse with a speed 15 km/h towards the crossing and on the second road there is a goat trotting towards the crossing with a speed of 2 km/h.The cossack is still 500 m away from the crossing and the goat only 40 m. The cossack realizes that he might not get close enough to grab the goat and therefore plans to catch her with a lasso. Determine the minimal distance the lasso has to cover, so that the cossack can figure out whether his rope is long enough to catch the goat without leaving his own road.

2008-3-12 by lhrrwcc

Find all rings between \mathbb{Z} (integers) and \mathbb{Q} (rationals).

2008-3-4 by rogue

Let P be an interior point of an acute triangle \triangle ABC. The line BP meets the line AC at E, and the line CP meets the line AB at F. The lines AP and EF intersect each other at D. Let K be the foot of the perpendicular from the point D to the line BC. Show that KD bisects angle \angle EKF


2008-2-28 by yourshadow

Determine the maximum of f(x,y,z)=xy^2z^3 given the following additional conditions: x+2y+3z=a, x> 0,y>0, z>0.

2008-2-25 by rogue
Let a, b, c, d, e be 5 strictly positive real numbers with the following propreties:
a^2 + b^2 + c^2 = d^2 + e^2, a^4 + b^4 + c^4 = d^4 + e^4.
Compare: a^3 + b^3 + c^3 and d^3 + e^3.

2008-2-21 by efne1
Determine whether \displaystyle \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{n^n}{(n+1)^{n+1}} converges or diverges.

2008-2-19 by icosagon


2008-2-16 by karlo

A rod is placed in a hemispherical bowl whose diameter is the length of the rod. How much of its length is inside the bowl when it’s at rest?
The rest position will be when the center of the rod is as low as possible.

2008-2-13 by black_hole

In how many ways can you fill a (n+1)x(n+1) matrix with 0s and 1s so that the sum on each column and each line is even?

2008-2-11 by kmh

What is the probability that the equation x^2+bx+c=0 has a (real) solution?

2008-2-5 by Karlo

Three friends are taking me out for my birthday. The product of their ages is 2450. The sum of their ages is my cousin’s age. I could tell you my cousin’s age, but to find the ages of my friends, you’d also need to know that each of the three is younger than I am.

How old am I?

2008-2-1 by kmh

An arbitrary circle contains the origin of the coordinate system in its interior and therefore it is partitioned into 8 different areas by the coordinate axis´ and the bisectors of the quadrants. Now color the areas with 2 colors white and green, such that 2 neighbouring areas are of a different color (see graphic). Prove that green area equals the white area.


2008-1-29 Truth or Dare by Karlo

You’re given three constants T, L, and N, and you enter a room containing T truth tellers, L liars, and N normals (who have no constraints on their answers to questions), all of whom know each other’s truth class and the information in this paragraph. They will answer any yes-or-no questions. (But if you ask anyone a question for which neither answer is logically permitted, he will kill you.) For which (T, L, N) triples is it always possible to identify everyone’s truth class, even if they’re trying to prevent you from doing so?

2008-1-17 by yfk
Let x_1, x_2,\ldots, x_n \in \{0,1\} and \overline{x}= \frac{1}{n} \displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^n x_i. Show that \frac{1}{n} \displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^n (x_i-\overline{x})^2 \leq\frac{1}{4}.

2008-1-13 by sniffle
Let x_1, x_2,\ldots, x_n be strictly positive real numbers and S = x_1 + x_2 +\ldots + x_n. Prove that \frac{S}{S - x_1} +\ldots+ \frac{S}{S - x_n} \geq \frac{ n^2}{n-1}.

2008-1-10 by kmh
Consider an equilateral triangle \triangle ABC and its circumcircle c. Let Q be an arbitrary point on \overline{AB} and the line QC intersects the circumcircle c in P. Show that \frac{1}{|\overline{AP}|}+\frac{1}{|\overline{BP}|}=\frac{1}{|\overline{PQ}|}

2008-1-8 by lhrrwcc
Let A be a noetherian ring. Prove that if f:A\rightarrow A is a surjective ring homomorphism then f is bijective.

2008-1-6 by kmh

Show that: a_n\rightarrow  a \quad \Rightarrow \quad \displaystyle \sum_{k=0}^n \frac{1}{2^n} \binom{n}{k} a_k \rightarrow a


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