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#1 20050511 12:04:17
A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemA friend of mine told me this problem, and I worked out a solution. Then I looked up the solution on this website. I like my solution much better! #2 20050511 15:35:32
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemWhat a neat approach ... I haven't checked your answer, but the approach looks sound ! "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #3 20050515 06:30:00
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemThanks! I am glad you liked my solution. You can credit Charles Naumann. #4 20050516 17:34:36
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemI have added your solution here. "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #5 20050531 22:16:28
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemwow ur famous I come back stronger than a poweredup PacMan I bought a large popcorn @ the cinema the other day, it was pretty big...some might even say it was "large Fatboy Slim is a Legend #6 20050705 09:17:00
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemHello. I'm a new guy in here. Mr. Cnaumann 's solution is so impressive and systematic. Bravo ! Last edited by tt (20050705 09:33:46) #7 20050705 17:28:52
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemHi tt, and welcome to the forum "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #8 20050706 15:49:12
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemIt helps if you have skills with balls. (j/k) #9 20050706 17:53:22
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemOh yes, I love billiards (ahem) "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #10 20050706 18:04:48
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemWhat does tt stand for, tt? #11 20050716 16:20:39
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemIt's short for my email address. #12 20050716 19:29:06
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemAha, I see. Heeheeheeheeheeheehee....... School is practice for the future. Practice makes perfect. But  nobody's perfect, so why practice? #13 20050717 08:52:48
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problem"tt" stands for "Too true", actually. Boy let me tell you what: I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too. And if you'd care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you. #14 20051005 08:01:57
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemhello. i'm sorry to say it, but the neat answer isn't as new as you would expect... it has been published in at least five books (however, it isn't very popular in the Internet, if it makes you feel proud ). just take a look at http://www.cuttheknot.com/blue/OddballProblem1.shtml. however, i'm not accusing anybody of plagiarismthis solution had been found many times independently (quite a good exapmle of convegence, you would say). Last edited by rszopa (20051005 08:09:28) #15 20051005 09:03:59
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemMathematics is like that ... Pythagoras was not the first to discover the "Pythagoras" Theorem, for example! "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #16 20051005 23:40:55
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemwho can juggle 12 balls? #17 20051006 09:05:57
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemI can, if they are all placed in a bag! "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #18 20051006 16:28:01
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problem#19 20110908 04:37:42
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemInstead of dividing it into 3 groups...why not into 4 groups of 3 each #20 20110908 06:27:25
Re: A better solution to the 12 identical pool balls problemHi koundinya17; In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.
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