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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Why?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Who was Doc Thorne and what did he do?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I have no idea. The bame just sounds familiar.

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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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He was a fictitious engineer who taught at Stanford. Famous for his "Thorny Problems."

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Thorny problems?

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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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Yep, He would put the answers for the final on the ceiling and challenge his student to retrieve them with nothing but a bag of licorice and some toothpicks.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Cool! What does that have to do with the problem you were working on?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I was not working on it, you are.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Nope. You were working on it when I asked for a harder GF problem. Read the last 5 pages of this thread.

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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You asked for a harder problem and I gave you one read the first page.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Either way, what does the problem have to do with Thorne?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is how he trained his future engineers with tough problems that he knew they probably could not solve.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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So basically, he trained them RIPOSTP.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Absolutely not! He wanted them to think on their own, research only to find a new way.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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That seems to be a better solution but only if it works.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Eventually you will get there.

Dinner time!

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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bobbym wrote:

1000 die are thrown. What is the probability that the sum is not a prime?

Is the probability 0.8685354281058543893953912666?

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

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi bobbym

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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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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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;

Let's try something that is much easier, throw 2 of them and let's see if the answers are coinciding.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi bobbym

Sorry, my answer is 0.868810916716694558279912. Forgot to shift. It is still not the same as yours.

5/12 for 2 dice.

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

I am getting 7 / 12.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Yes, that's right. Forgot to subtract it from 1. I am getting 7/12 for the probability of a non-prime sum of 2 dice.

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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