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## #26 2011-08-08 19:39:45

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Hi;

I was doing something like that up to post #9, when I saw his answer it did not fit my eqautions because his answer uses only 3 on the left. Anyway is this what you are solving:

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I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
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## #27 2011-08-08 19:48:28

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Hi bobbym,

I see 4 weights on each side, I don't understand how you see only 3 weights on the left.

Yes, that's my equation, along with the condition that they are distinct.

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## #28 2011-08-08 19:57:17

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Hi gAr;

It was the only way I thought to get his book solution in post #8.

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.

## #29 2011-08-08 20:07:51

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Hi,

But you said you got 184 solutions?

And in #14 you wrote

3*9 + 2*5 + 2*8 = 1*7 + 3* 2 + 1*4 + 3* 6 + 6 * 3

It should be

3*9 + 2*5 + 1*12 = 1*7 + 3*2 + 4*9

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"  - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

## #30 2011-08-08 20:14:18

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Hi;

You have totally different idea than I had. Yours works. One question for the two on the bottom, I see 1* 12, how do you get 4 * 9?

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.

## #31 2011-08-08 20:18:17

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hi all,

Only just got to this.  I think the rule

A weight that is placed two sections away from the middle will become twice as heavy as a weight that is placed one section away.

is just the 'law of moments'.  I'm with gAr on this one, and I agree with both answers. (#12)

bobbym: Post another of your solutions please and I'll check it again the law.

Bob

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## #32 2011-08-08 20:21:07

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Hi,

That's not my idea, that's how torques are to be calculated !

The masses of the sub balances are added.
So in 1*12, 1 is the distance from the fulcrum and 12 is the weight in the sub balance: 8+4
Similarly the 4*9 : 4 is the distance from fulcrum, 9 is the weight 6+3

Hi Bob,

Yes, the "law of moments". I keep on forgetting the names!

Last edited by gAr (2011-08-08 20:23:16)

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"  - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

## #33 2011-08-08 20:23:18

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Hi;

None of my solutions are correct. I think I got messed up. One more question though, when I solve gAr's equations I get:

This does not coincide with gAr's post #12.

Post #26 is what I used.

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.

## #34 2011-08-08 20:25:14

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Hi bobbym,

Is it displayed in the right order? a,b,c... ?

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"  - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

## #35 2011-08-08 20:30:49

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Hi gAr;

Yes, what did I do wrong?

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.

## #36 2011-08-08 20:32:15

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hi bobbym

see picture

edit

3d+2b+3a=e+2f+12h

I think you meant 3f

Bob

Last edited by bob bundy (2011-08-08 20:40:38)

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## #37 2011-08-08 20:40:09

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Hi bob;

Thanks for the drawing, I think I got it. It looks too simple to make a mistake on but...

Hi gAr;

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.

## #38 2011-08-08 20:41:11

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see above edited post

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You cannot teach a man anything;  you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

## #39 2011-08-08 20:44:37

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Hi all,

2*d = c
g = 2*h
(c+d)+2*b+3*a = e + 3*f + 4*(g+h)

Using first 2 equations, 3rd one is
3*d + 2*b + 3*a = e + 2*f + 12*h

Yes, that's 3f in the last one, sorry about that!
Now you would get it, bobbym.

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"  - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

## #40 2011-08-08 20:45:26

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Oh no! Yep, that is it. Yet another stupid blunder!

Thanks bob and gAr, I finally got it!

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.

## #41 2011-08-08 20:47:22

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Hi bobbym,

You're welcome!

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"  - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

## #42 2011-08-08 20:47:49

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"Glad to be of service"  ...Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

Bob

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## #43 2011-08-08 20:53:11

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They say it is better medicine to get something wrong and learn then to get 10 problems right.

My brother says I am overdosing!

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.