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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hmmm.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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The quote doesn't actually go like that, but, anyway... I am not sure how to do a loop like this in Maxima...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is the quote exactly. Here it means 3, 120, 14000, they are all the same.

What kind of a loop are you talking about?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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I don't think so. Doesn't really matter, though.

A while loop.

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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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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I don't think so.

I understand why you feel that way. Although you got the correct answer to the smaller 3 die problem the method you used was cumbersome. You even suspected that. That is why you knew that a a bigger problem would be tougher.

But there is a much better method for both problems. The key is to go back to the smaller problem and find a method that does not use all that casework.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **Thinking is cheating.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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New problem:

A die is rolled 20 times. What is the probability that the maximum value of the faces is 3?

A says) I still think it is:

B says) Nope!

C says) Seems impossible.

D says) I agree.

E says) I got it!

What is you answer?

Hi 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."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **Thinking is cheating.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Thank you, g.fs to the rescue again!

"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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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Oh, very good. I used a different approach. Would you consider showing your gf?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Yeah, sure:

*Last edited by gAr (2012-10-15 03:46:24)*

"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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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **Thinking is cheating.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi,

So we have the same formula! I'll take a break, see you later..

*Last edited by gAr (2012-10-15 03:49:01)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Yes, it just was made from a different method.

Okay, thanks for stopping by.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **Thinking is cheating.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Nice problem, by the way.

I think I have seen a similar problem in one of your threads, a long time ago.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Probably, some of them I like so much that I have to repeat them.

I am going shopping now, see you later. Can't hold out any longer, there is nothing to eat in here.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **Thinking is cheating.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Yeah, please eat.

No one can think with an empty stomach!

See you later.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

Yes, lack of food makes one edgy and mistake prone. Too much food, makes one dull and sleepy.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **Thinking is cheating.**

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**New problem:**

**7 poles are erected on a flat piece of land in a line. The first pole is the tallest, with each successive pole being shorter than the one before. The poles are exactly one foot across at the top of the pole. Each pole is positioned so that if it fell over it would not hit the next pole. An ant comes along and climbs up the side of the first pole across the 1 foot top and down the other side. It then travels to the next pole and does the same thing. When it finishes climbing down the last pole it discovers that is has set a new world record for ants of1568 ft travelled. How high are the poles?**

**A fact about the poles. They are all integer heights. The poles are 1 foot thick as mentioned before.**

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **Thinking is cheating.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi

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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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **Thinking is cheating.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi

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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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **Thinking is cheating.**

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby,

*Last edited by phrontister (2012-11-04 02:18:11)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi phrontister;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **Thinking is cheating.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi bobbym

Both our answers are heights of tthe poles.

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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