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## #126 2012-03-06 05:29:58

gAr
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### Re: Bafflers?

Hi bobbym,

Thank you!

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## #127 2012-03-06 05:36:38

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### Re: Bafflers?

Hi gAr;

Not too difficult but cute problem.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #128 2012-03-06 05:46:20

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### Re: Bafflers?

Hi hammana;

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #129 2012-03-06 05:59:56

gAr
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### Re: Bafflers?

Hi,

Yes, it's a good problem.

"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."

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## #130 2012-03-06 06:09:07

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### Re: Bafflers?

Hi;

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #131 2012-03-06 07:16:06

anonimnystefy
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### Re: Bafflers?

Hi bobbym

It's a nice problem, and the first one of yours I solved successfully!

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Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
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## #132 2012-03-06 08:04:05

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### Re: Bafflers?

The average value calculated from the table (post 125) is 3.76
We could also say that the number of white marbles is multiplied by .75  at each operation so the final result is :
50*(0.75)^9 =3.7541, This method does not seem very rigorous, but the result is practically identical to the simulation result.

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## #133 2012-03-06 08:36:49

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### Re: Bafflers?

Hi bobbym

For #1 I got an explicit formula

Is it correct?

Last edited by anonimnystefy (2012-03-06 08:38:33)

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #134 2012-03-06 08:44:13

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### Re: Bafflers?

Results given in post 125 are wrong because i assumed that the replacement operation was carried 9 times. A new simulation assuming the replacement carried 10 times gives an aveerage of 2.812 and 50*(0.75)^10=2.8157

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## #135 2012-03-06 10:47:27

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### Re: Bafflers?

Hi anonimnystefy;

Yes that is correct! Very good.

Hi hammana;

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #136 2012-03-06 10:52:15

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### Re: Bafflers?

Hi bobbym

I did it using the magnificent GF's.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #137 2012-03-06 10:58:12

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### Re: Bafflers?

Well let me see.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #138 2012-03-06 11:02:39

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### Re: Bafflers?

Are you really gonna make we swype all that? I'm probably not gonna be able to use my laptop or my desktop till thursday evening.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #139 2012-03-06 11:07:17

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### Re: Bafflers?

Then Thursday evening you will do it.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #140 2012-03-06 11:08:47

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### Re: Bafflers?

Sure! Can I expect more problems soon.

And you were right, these ones are easier.

Last edited by anonimnystefy (2012-03-07 10:15:40)

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #141 2012-03-06 11:18:20

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### Re: Bafflers?

As soon as I find one. I can not guarantee they will all be easy.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #142 2012-03-07 09:20:26

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### Re: Bafflers?

I wonder if it will be before or after thursday night.And they do not have to be easy, just not to be very hard.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #143 2012-03-07 09:36:09

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### Re: Bafflers?

I am waiting for your generating function...

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #144 2012-03-07 09:45:47

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### Re: Bafflers?

Hi bobbym

It's probably gonna be on thursday afternoon after all.I am finishing with studying tomorrow and then I'm a free man for the next week.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #145 2012-03-07 09:50:47

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### Re: Bafflers?

But this is only Wednesday. Why are you free for a week?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #146 2012-03-07 09:57:34

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### Re: Bafflers?

From the thursday evening to the sunday evening of the next week I'm free.on sunday I have a physics competition so I'm not going to school on friday, and the next week I'm off because I have a national mathematics competition.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #147 2012-03-07 09:58:57

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### Re: Bafflers?

Who will you compete against?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #148 2012-03-07 10:07:32

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### Re: Bafflers?

Against other grade 10 students from the while Serbia that passed the regionals.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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## #149 2012-03-07 10:08:14

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### Re: Bafflers?

How have you prepared?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.

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## #150 2012-03-07 10:10:00

anonimnystefy
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### Re: Bafflers?

I have but I have till the next week's Friday to prepare as much as I can.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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