Archive for the ‘Mathematics’ Category

The 12 Coins Puzzle

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

I recently came across this puzzle:

There are 12 coins, all identical in appearance, and all identical in weight except for one, which is either heavier or lighter than the remaining 11 coins. Determine which is the counterfeit coin in only 3 weighings with a balance scale.

After struggling with this, both mentally and using pencil and paper, I decided to write a web page to simulate the problem; it can be found here. You may find it interesting to attempt this puzzle there before reading the discussion below. (more…)

Calculating Permutations

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

I recently came across this problem:

Find the only 10 digit number which uses each of the digits 0 – 9 and has the following property: The number formed by the first n digits should be divisible by n. That is

  • The first digit should be divisible by 1
  • The number formed by the first 2 digits should be divisible by 2.
  • The number formed by the first 3 digits should be divisible by 3.
  • And so on until the number formed by the first 10 digits should be divisible by 10.

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Project Euler: Problem 11

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

This is problem 11 in Project Euler:

In the 20 x 20 grid below, four numbers along a diagonal line have been marked in red.

08 02 22 97 38 15 00 40 00 75 04 05 07 78 52 12 50 77 91 08
49 49 99 40 17 81 18 57 60 87 17 40 98 43 69 48 04 56 62 00
81 49 31 73 55 79 14 29 93 71 40 67 53 88 30 03 49 13 36 65
52 70 95 23 04 60 11 42 69 24 68 56 01 32 56 71 37 02 36 91
22 31 16 71 51 67 63 89 41 92 36 54 22 40 40 28 66 33 13 80
24 47 32 60 99 03 45 02 44 75 33 53 78 36 84 20 35 17 12 50
32 98 81 28 64 23 67 10 26 38 40 67 59 54 70 66 18 38 64 70
67 26 20 68 02 62 12 20 95 63 94 39 63 08 40 91 66 49 94 21
24 55 58 05 66 73 99 26 97 17 78 78 96 83 14 88 34 89 63 72
21 36 23 09 75 00 76 44 20 45 35 14 00 61 33 97 34 31 33 95
78 17 53 28 22 75 31 67 15 94 03 80 04 62 16 14 09 53 56 92
16 39 05 42 96 35 31 47 55 58 88 24 00 17 54 24 36 29 85 57
86 56 00 48 35 71 89 07 05 44 44 37 44 60 21 58 51 54 17 58
19 80 81 68 05 94 47 69 28 73 92 13 86 52 17 77 04 89 55 40
04 52 08 83 97 35 99 16 07 97 57 32 16 26 26 79 33 27 98 66
88 36 68 87 57 62 20 72 03 46 33 67 46 55 12 32 63 93 53 69
04 42 16 73 38 25 39 11 24 94 72 18 08 46 29 32 40 62 76 36
20 69 36 41 72 30 23 88 34 62 99 69 82 67 59 85 74 04 36 16
20 73 35 29 78 31 90 01 74 31 49 71 48 86 81 16 23 57 05 54
01 70 54 71 83 51 54 69 16 92 33 48 61 43 52 01 89 19 67 48

The product of these numbers is 26 × 63 × 78 × 14 = 1788696.

What is the greatest product of four adjacent numbers in any direction (up, down, left, right, or diagonally) in the 20 x 20 grid?

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Project Euler: Problem 10

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

This is problem 10 on Project Euler:

The sum of the primes below 10 is 2 + 3 + 5 + 7 = 17.

Find the sum of all the primes below two million.

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