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We will post the names of anyone who solves any of these puzzles. The harder puzzles are marked * and **. If the answer is not known, then the puzzle will be marked ##.




Square Sides
       Find the smallest right triangle with integer sides such that the hypotenuse is a square and the sum of the legs is also a square.

Solved by:   P.M.A. Hakeem, Fotos Fotiadis, Arthur Vause



3 Lines in a Square (based on a submission from Paul Cleary)
       Six points A,B,C,D,E,F with integer coordinates are chosen on the boundary of an N×N square, with integer N≤100. The 3 line segments AB, CD and EF are drawn forming a triangle that encloses the center point P of the square. For what value of N and points A,B,C,D,E,F is the area of this triangle smallest?

Solved by:   Arthur Vause



## 3 Lines in a Square #2 (based on a submission from Paul Cleary)
       Six points A,B,C,D,E,F with integer coordinates are chosen on the boundary of an N×N square, with integer N≤100. Three line segments AB, CD and EF are drawn to form a triangle. For what value of N and points A,B,C,D,E,F is the area of this triangle smallest?

Solved by:   Arthur Vause



## Nested Rectangles
       There are 3 rectangles, A, B and C all with integer sides. Rectangle B can be nested inside of A so that each vertex of B lies on an edge of A, with the distance from that vertex of B to the closest vertex of A being an integer. In the same way, rectangle C can be nested inside A, and rectangle C can also be nested inside B. What is the smallest possible area for rectangle A? Solve two cases, when all of the rectangles are squares, and when none of the rectangles are squares.



Circles in a Square (based on a submission from Paul Cleary)
       Four equal circles E, F, G and H are inscribed in a unit square ABCD so that each circle is tangent to two sides of the square and to two of the other circles. Four smaller circles I, J, K and L are drawn so that each is tangent to a side of the square and two of the larger circles, as shown. How large is the square IJKL?

Solved by:   Arthur Vause, P.M.A. Hakeem, Fotos Fotiadis, Claudio Baiocchi




* Equal Circles (contributed by Paul Cleary)
       ABC is a right triangle with legs a and b and hypotenuse c. Two circles of radius r are placed inside the triangle, the first tangent to a and c, the second tangent to b and c, and both circles externally tangent to each other. What is the smallest possible area of the triangle if a, b, c and r are distinct integers?

Solved by:   P.M.A. Hakeem, Nick McGrath, Fotos Fotiadis, Ahmet Saracoglu, Ahsen Canat, Claudio Baiocchi, Naim Uygun



* Equal Circles #2 (contributed by Paul Cleary)
       ABC is a right triangle with legs a and b and hypotenuse c. Two circles of radius r are placed inside the triangle, the first tangent to a and c, the second tangent to b and c, and both circles externally tangent to each other. Draw a third circle of radius s tangent externally to the first two circles, and to the hypotenuse. What is the smallest possible radius of the third circle if a, b, c, r and s are distinct integers?

Solved by:   P.M.A. Hakeem, Nick McGrath, Ahsen Canat, Fotos Fotiadis, Claudio Baiocchi



* Boxed Circles (contributed by Paul Cleary)
       Three circles of radius A, B and C are mutually tangent externally, and enclosed in a rectangle whose sides are R and S, with 6 points of tangency, as shown at right. Find the values of R and S as functions of A and B only.

Solved by:   Ahsen Canat, P.M.A. Hakeem, Arthur Vause, Fotos Fotiadis, Claudio Baiocchi, Tim Joseph Clark, Naim Uygun




4 Tangents (contributed by Paul Cleary)
       Four tangent lines have been drawn to two non-overlapping circles A and B. The two interior tangents, which intersect the line segment AB, meet the circles at C, D, E and F, as shown, and intersect the two exterior tangents at G, H, I and J. Prove that segments CF, DE, GI and HJ are all equal.

Solved by:   Arthur Vause




Area : Perimeter (contributed by Paul Cleary)
       The triangle 5,12,13 has an area A=30 and a perimeter P=30, so A/P is 1. The triangle 9,75,78 has an area A=324 and a perimeter P=162, so A/P is 2. Find the smallest and largest integer-sided triangles where A/P is 10.

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, P.M.A. Hakeem, Fotos Fotiadis, Arthur Vause



Heronian Triangles
       A Heronian triangle has integer sides and integer area. Find two Heronian triangles (x,y,z) and (x+c,y+c,z+c) for the smallest possible value of c>0.

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Fotos Fotiadis, Mark Rickert, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary, Arthur Vause, Naim Uygun



Square Heronian (contributed by Lee Morgenstern)
       A Heronian triangle has integer sides and integer area. Find a Heronian triangle where all 3 sides are squares. [Only one solution is known. Extra credit for anyone who finds a second solution.]

Solved by:   Arthur Vause, Paul Cleary, Naim Uygun, P.M.A. Hakeem



Cyclic Quadrilaterals (contributed by Paul Cleary)
       Let O be a circle with diameter AB having integer length. Let C and D be points on the circumference such that ACB and ADB are integer Pythagorean triangles. Choose D' so that AD=BD' and BD=AD'. Then ACBD and ACBD' are cyclic quadrilaterals with diagonals AB, CD and CD'. What is the smallest case for which the lengths of AB, CD and CD' are consecutive integers in some order?

Solved by:   Arthur Vause, P.M.A. Hakeem




The Folding Ruler
       I own one of those folding rulers where each segment is exactly 1 foot long. While playing with the open ruler I formed it into a triangle. Then I refolded it into a second triangle with double the area. What is the smallest possible length of the ruler? What if the second triangle has 3 times the area?

Solved by:   Lee Morgenstern, Nick McGrath, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary, Mark Rickert



The Folding Ruler #2
       I own one of those folding rulers where each segment is exactly 1 foot long. While playing with the open ruler I formed it into a triangle. Then I refolded it into a second triangle with double the area. Next I refolded it into a third triangle with triple the area. What is the smallest possible length of the ruler?

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Lee Morgenstern, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary, Mark Rickert



Triangle Ratios
       For what rational numbers a/b is it possible to find two triangles with integer sides whose areas are in the ratio a:b?

Solved by:   Lee Morgenstern, P.M.A. Hakeem



Bowtie
       Two line segments AB and CD intersect at E. Is it possible for the lengths of the 6 line segments AD, AE, BC, BE, CE and DE to be consecutive integers (in any order)?

Solved by:   Lee Morgenstern, Fotos Fotiadis, Arthur Vause, P.M.A. Hakeem



Pie
       It is easy to cut a circular pie into 7 pieces using 3 straight cuts. How should the cuts be made so that the 7 pieces are as even as possible? (That is, the ratio between the largest and smallest piece should be minimal.)

Solved by:   Fotos Fotiadis, Paul Cleary



Make A Square
       What is the smallest number of pieces that can be assembled into a square in 2 distinct ways? 3 distinct ways? Solutions where the pieces, or the square, are merely rotated or reflected (turned over) will not be considered distinct.

Solved by:   Lee Morgenstern, Nick McGrath



Pythagorean Triangles #1A
       Find two Pythagorean right triangles A,B,C and D,E,F such that A+D is a square, B+E is a square, and C+F is a square. If this is impossible, find the nearest miss.

Solved by:   Lee Morgenstern, Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem, Naim Uygun



Pythagorean Triangles #1B (Contributed by Naim Uygun)
       Find two Pythagorean right triangles A,B,C and D,E,F such that A+D is a triangular number, B+E is a triangular number, and C+F is a triangular number. Triangular numbers are numbers of the form N(N+1)/2, such as 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, ... .

Solved by:   Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem



Pythagorean Triangles #1C
       Find two Pythagorean right triangles with sides A,B,C and D,E,F such that A+D is a cube, B+E is a cube, and C+F is a cube.

Solved by:   Lee Morgenstern, Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem



Pythagorean Triangles #1D
       Find two Pythagorean right triangles A,B,C and D,E,F such that A+D is a cube, B+E is a sixth power, and C+F is a ninth power.

Solved by:   Lee Morgenstern, Paul Cleary



Pythagorean Triangles #2 (contributed by Lee Morgenstern)
       Find two Pythagorean right triangles A,B,C and D,E,F such that A=D and B=F. If that is impossible, then find a pair such that A=D and abs(B-F) is minimum.

Solved by:   Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem



Pythagorean Triangles #3 (contributed by Lee Morgenstern)
       Find two Pythagorean right triangles A,B,C and D,E,F such that A=D and B=2E. If that is impossible, then find a pair such that A=D and abs(B-2E) is minimum.

Solved by:   Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem



Pythagorean Triangles #4 (contributed by Lee Morgenstern)
       Find two Pythagorean right triangles A,B,C and D,E,F such that C=D+E and F=A-B. If this is impossible, find the triangles that come closest.

Solved by:   P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary



## Three Triangles
       Find three Pythagorean right triangles having the same hypotenuse, such that the total area of the first two equals the area of the third, or prove that this is impossible.



## Packing a Cube
       You wish to pack a hollow cube with N spheres so that the least possible space is left over. Either (1) prove that this is achieved by the greedy algorithm, namely at each step you insert the largest possible sphere that will fit, or (2) find the smallest N for which a tighter packing is possible.



Euler Lines
       Let ABC be a general triangle and let O be its circumscribed circle. Let DEF be a second general triangle inscribed in O. Prove that the Euler line of ABC and the Euler line of DEF intersect at O.

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Fotos Fotiadis, P.M.A. Hakeem



Point on Circumcircle (contributed by Fotos Fotiadis)
       ABC is a triangle whose smallest angle is A. K is a point on the arc BC of the circumcircle. The perpendicular bisectors of AB and AC intersect the line AK at L and M, respectively. The lines BL and CM intersect at T. Prove that BT+CT=AK.

Solved by:   Arthur Vause



A Point in a Triangle (contributed by Denis Borris )
       A point P is located inside an equilateral triangle with integer side k, such that its distances to the 3 vertices are integers a,b,c. What is the smallest possible value of a? Of k?

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin, Fotos Fotiadis, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary



Two Points in a Triangle (contributed by Denis Borris )
       Points P and Q are located inside an isosceles triangle with integer sides, such that their distances to the 3 vertices and the length PQ are distinct integers. What is the smallest case?

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary, Ahsen Canat



* Three Points in a Triangle
       Three points P, Q and R are located interior to a triangle ABC with all 15 distances distinct integers. What is the smallest case?

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin, Ahsen Canat, Ahmet Saracoglu, Arthur Vause



** Triangle Within a Triangle
       A triangle DEF is located interior to triangle ABC with all 15 distances distinct integers. What is the smallest case (smallest area of ABC)?

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin, Ahsen Canat, Ahmet Saracoglu, Arthur Vause



Overlap #1
       A circle and a triangle overlap so that the circle cuts each side of the triangle into 3 line segments. What is the smallest possible radius of the circle if the 9 line segments all have distinct integer lengths?

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Fotos Fotiadis, P.M.A. Hakeem



Overlap #2
       A circle and a triangle overlap so that the circle cuts each side of the triangle into 3 line segments. What is the smallest possible radius of the circle if the 9 line segments and the radius of the circle all have distinct integer lengths?

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Paul Cleary



* Overlap #3
       A circle and a triangle overlap so that the center of the circle is at the barycenter of the triangle (where the medians intersect), and the circle cuts each side of the triangle into 3 line segments. What is the smallest possible radius of the circle if the 9 line segments all have distinct integer lengths?

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin, Ahsen Canat



Pyramid #1
       A pyramid has a quadrilateral base ABCD, vertex V, and altitude VH. What is the smallest such pyramid (in the sense that its longest edge is as small as possible) such that its 8 edges and the line segments AH, BH, CH, DH and VH all have distinct integer lengths?

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin, P.M.A. Hakeem



Pyramid #2
       A pyramid has a quadrilateral base ABCD, vertex V, and altitude VH, where H is the intersection of AC and BD. What is the smallest such pyramid (in the sense that its longest edge is as small as possible) such that its 8 edges and the line segments AH, BH, CH, DH and VH all have distinct integer lengths?

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin, P.M.A. Hakeem



Deformed Cube
       Imagine that a cube has been deformed so that it still has 6 planar quadrilateral faces, 8 vertices, and 12 straight edges, but that the 12 edges all have distinct integer lengths. What is the shortest possible length for the longest edge?



* 99 Rods #1 (contributed by Denis Borris )
       You are given 99 thin rigid rods with lengths 1, 2, 3, ..., 99. You are asked to assemble these into as many right triangles as you wish. What is the largest total area that can be obtained? (Each side of a triangle must be one entire rod.)

Solved by:   Lee Morgenstern, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary, Ahsen Canat



* 99 Rods #2 (contributed by Denis Borris )
       You are given 99 thin rigid rods with lengths 1, 2, 3, ..., 99. You are asked to assemble these into as many triangles as you wish, each having an integer area. What is the largest total area that can be obtained? (Each side of a triangle must be one entire rod.)

Solved by:   Lee Morgenstern, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary, Ahsen Canat



* 99 Rods #3
       Repeat problem #1, but a rod may be shared by two right triangles. For example, you could have a 3,4,5 right triangle and a 5,12,13 right triangle sharing the rod of length 5. Your solution must lie flat in the plane without crossings or overlaps. The objective is to cover the largest possible total area. Each side of a triangle must be one entire rod.

Solved by:   Lee Morgenstern, P.M.A. Hakeem



* 99 Rods #4
       Repeat problem #2, but a rod may be shared by two integer triangles. For example, you could have a 13,14,15 integer triangle and a 9,12,15 right triangle sharing the rod of length 15. Your solution must lie flat in the plane without crossings or overlaps. The objective is to cover the largest possible total area. Each side of a triangle must be one entire rod.

Solved by:   Lee Morgenstern



99 Rods #5
       You are given 99 thin rigid rods with lengths 1, 2, 3, ..., 99. You are asked to assemble some or all of them into a plane figure enclosing the largest possible total area. Rods may be placed only horizontally or vertically, and may meet only at their endpoints.

Solved by:   P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary, Ahsen Canat



Dissecting a Square
       It is possible to dissect a square into dissimilar right triangles (that is, so no two of the triangles are similar). Find the smallest such square such that all of the triangles have integer sides.

Solved by:   Denis Borris, Fotos Fotiadis, Paul Cleary



4 Points on a Square
       Let ABCD be a square, and let E, F, G and H be points on the 4 successive sides of the square with the distances AE, EB, BF, FC, CG, GD, DH, HA all integers. What is the smallest such square such that the distances EF, EG, EH, FG, FH, GH are also integers?

Solved by:   Andreas Abraham, Gaurav Agrawal, Denis Borris, Fotos Fotiadis, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary, Naim Uygun



* 6 Points on a Circle
       What is the smallest possible radius of a circle such that it is possible to place 6 points on the circumference with an integer distance between any two?

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Denis Borris, Fotos Fotiadis, Ahsen Canat



* 6 Points on a Circle #2
       What is the smallest possible radius of a circle such that it is possible to place 6 points on the circumference with the 15 distances between the points being distinct integers?

Solved by:   Ahsen Canat, Ahmet Saracoglu



* 6 Points on a Circle #3 (contributed by Denis Borris )
       What is the smallest possible radius of a circle such that it is possible to place 6 points on the circumference with the radius, diameter, and the 15 distances between the points being distinct integers?

Solved by:   Ahsen Canat, Ahmet Saracoglu



4 Triangles (contributed by Denis Borris )
       Find 4 triangles with integer sides and the same integer area such that 2 of the triangles have 2 equal sides, and the other 2 triangles also have 2 equal sides. That is, A1B1=A2B2,   A1C1=A2C2,   A3B3=A4B4, and A3C3=A4C4. Find the set with the smallest area.

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin, Fotos Fotiadis, Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem



* Inscribed Triangle #1
       Let ABC be an arbitrary triangle, and L be an arbitrary line. Is it always possible to find points D on AB, E on BC, and F on AC such that triangle DEF is equilateral, and one of its sides is parallel to L?

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin



* Inscribed Triangle #2
       Let ABC be an arbitrary triangle, with D a point on AB. Under what circumstances is it possible to find points E on BC and F on AC such that triangle DEF is equilateral?

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin



* Two Fields (contributed by Denis Borris )
       Farmer Brown has a triangular field with integer sides. Farmer Grey has two square fields with integer sides (measured in meters). Both farmers own the same amount of land (to within one square centimeter), and used the same amount of fencing to enclose their fields. What is the minimum area (in square meters) they could own? [Note: the fields do not overlap or share sides.]

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Fotos Fotiadis, Paul Cleary, Mark Rickert, P.M.A. Hakeem, Naim Uygun



6 Brothers
       The 6 Foodlemyer brothers hate each other with great passion. Today they are on the parade ground, which is a 300-meter square. None of them wants to be anywhere near any of the others. Where should they stand so that the two closest are as far apart as possible?

Solved by:   James Layland, Nick McGrath, Ritwik Chaudhuri, Toby Gottfried, Andreas Abraham, Joshua Woodard, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary



Big Belt
       On Tralfamador they have constructed a new Information Superhighway, a thin flexible belt around the planet's equator in a perfect circle 8,000 miles in diameter. Unfortunately, Foodlemyer Fabricators made the belt 1 inch too long, so they have decided to place a circular disk under the belt at one point to take up the slack.
       How large should the disk be made?

Solved by:   Carlos Rivera, Nick McGrath, Martin Rubin, Mark Rickert, Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem



Chords (contributed by Sudipta Das)
       Let O be the center of a circle and OR be a radius. Along OR mark off points A1, A2, A3, ..., An. Let the chord perpendicular to OR through Ai meet the circle at Bi.
       Find the smallest circle for which the distances OR, OAi, AiBi, and BiR are all integers for n=1 through n=8.

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Fotos Fotiadis, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary



Shattern (contributed by Sudipta Das )
       Planet Shattern has installed a forcefield 300 miles wide around the planet to ward off alien invasions. This is a thin flat circular ring in the planet's equatorial plane. Watch-towers have to be installed, at various points on the planet, to guard the forcefield. The authorities have decided to position the watch-towers at those locations which offer the best view of the forcefield (i.e., those positions where the field appears widest). The radius of the planet is 7500 miles and the inner radius of the forcefield is 10200 miles.
       What is the latitude of the watch-towers?

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Fotos Fotiadis, Gaurav Agrawal, Andreas Abraham, Paul Cleary



Circumscribe (contributed by Nick McGrath )
       Start with a unit circle. Circumscribe an equilateral triangle around it, then another circle around that. Circumscribe a square around this circle, and another circle around that. Continue with a regular pentagon, hexagon, etc. Does the sequence of circles converge, and if so, what is the limiting value of the radius?

Solved by:   Sudipta Das, Gaurav Agrawal, Fotos Fotiadis, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary



Sum of Circles (contributed by Nick McGrath )
       Start with a unit square. Form an isosceles triangle from two vertices and the midpoint of the opposite side. Inscribe a circle in this triangle. Inscribe a second square in this circle, form a second isosceles triangle as before, and so forth. What is the sum of the areas of all the circles?

Solved by:   Fotos Fotiadis, Mark Rickert, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary



Midpoints of Arcs (contributed by Fotos Fotiadis)
       Two circles intersect at points A and B. Draw a line through B intersecting the two circles at C and D. N is the midpoint of segment CD, P is the midpoint of arc AC and Q is the midpoint of arc AD. Prove that the lines NP and NQ are perpendicular.

Solved by:   Nikolai Dimitrov



In A Square #1 (contributed by Ritwik Chaudhuri)
       There is a point M inside a square ABCD such that angle MAB is 60° and angle MCD is 15°. Find angle MBC.

Solved by:   Rakesh Kumar Banka, Fotos Z. Fotiadis, Sudipta Das, Janaki Mahalingam, Gaurav Agrawal, Arijit Bhattacharyya, Mark Rickert, Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem, Naim Uygun



* In A Square #2 (developed from an idea submitted by Sudipta Das)
       There is a square ABCD and a point M in the square such that the distances MA, MB, MC and MD are all integers. Three of these distances are consecutive prime numbers (such as 5, 7, 11). How large is the square?

Solved by:   Ritwik Chaudhuri, Nick McGrath (solved both versions), Sudipta Das, Fotos Fotiadis, Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem, Ahsen Canat, Naim Uygun, Arthur Vause



What's the Angle? (contributed by Nick McGrath )
       Let ABC be an isosceles triangle with angle BAC=100°. From A draw AD parallel to BC with AD = AB. What is angle ACD?

Solved by:   Sudipta Das, Rakesh Kumar Banka, Janaki Mahalingam, Gaurav Agrawal, Le My An, Arijit Bhattacharyya, Fotos Fotiadis, Diptajit Bhattacharyya, Ritwik Chaudhuri, Mark Rickert, Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem, Naim Uygun



* Spider (contributed by Nick McGrath )
       There is a square ABCD with a spider at A and a fly at B. The fly starts walking towards C, while the spider walks directly towards the fly. If the spider walks N times as fast as the fly, and catches the fly at C, what is the value of N? (Extra Credit: what is the equation of the spider's path?)

Solved by:   Sudipta Das, Gaurav Agrawal, Andreas Abraham, Paul Cleary

Extra credit:   Paul Cleary



5 Circles (contributed by Nick McGrath )
       A, B and C are the integer radii of mutually tangent circles with A>B>C. Circle D is the circumcircle of A, B and C. Circle E is the inscribed circle of A, B and C. Find A, B and C such that: (1) D is the smallest integer possible; (2) D has the smallest value for which both D and E are integers.

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin, Mark Rickert, Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem



5 Spheres
       Three solid unit spheres are placed mutually touching. Two identical smaller spheres are placed so they each touch all of first 3 spheres, and touch each other through the central gap. What is the radius of those spheres?

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Fotos Fotiadis, Andreas Abraham, Gaurav Agrawal, Mark Rickert, Paul Cleary



TetraSpheres
       Define a tetrasphere to be 4 equal spheres, each externally tangent to the other 3. Nest two tetraspheres so that each sphere in the larger tetrasphere is externally tangent to 3 spheres of the smaller tetrasphere. What is the ratio between the radii of the larger and smaller spheres?

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Fotos Fotiadis, Gaurav Agrawal, Timothy Cornelius, Joshua Woodard



* Steiner Point
       The Steiner minimal point (also called the Torricelli point) in a triangle is the point at which the sum of the distances to the 3 vertices is minimum. Find a construction for the Steiner minimal point using only a compass.

Solved by:   Jean Jacquelin, Fotos Fotiadis, Claudio Baiocchi



Trisection (contributed by Ritwik Chaudhuri)
       Let ABC be a triangle, with B a right angle. Let the trisectors of angle C meet AB at D and E, with D closer to A. If AD is 50 and DE is 20, what is the length of EB?

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Fotos Fotiadis, Sudipta Das, Gaurav Agrawal, Andreas Abraham, Arijit Bhattacharyya, Mark Rickert, P.M.A. Hakeem, Paul Cleary, Naim Uygun



Tan (contributed by Nick McGrath )
       Prove that   tan(80) + tan(120) + tan(160) = tan(80) tan(120) tan(160)

Solved by:   Ritwik Chaudhuri, Sudipta Das, Andreas Abraham, Fotos Fotiadis, Gaurav Agrawal, Arijit Bhattacharyya, Diptajit Bhattacharyya, P.M.A. Hakeem, Arthur Vause



* Block Box #1
       Prove that it is not possible to fill a rectangular box with 2 or more cubes, all of different sizes. (Note: the sizes are not restricted to integers.)

Solved by:   Nick McGrath, Lee Morgenstern



** Block Box #2
       Is it possible to fill a rectangular box with 2 or more rectangular blocks so that all the dimensions of all the blocks are different? For example, you could not have two blocks whose dimensions are A×B×C and A×D×E.



* Spheres
       There are 4 solid spheres arranged so that each one is touching all of the others. The 3 bottom spheres touch the flat floor at points A, B and C. The top sphere has a radius of 12 centimeters. If it were replaced by a sphere with radius 25 cm, then its center would be 14, 15 and 16 cm further from from points A, B and C, respectively.
       What is the radius of each sphere?

Solved by:   Nick McGrath (solved both the original and corrected versions), Ahsen Canat



Brick
       Find a rectangular solid where the 12 edges and both diagonals on all 6 faces are integers.
** Extra Credit: Is it possible for the main diagonal to be integral as well?

Solved by:   James Layland, Matthew Ender, Gilles Ravat, Hrishikesh Nene, Rahul Kelkar, Ritwik Chaudhuri, Sudipta Das, Janaki Mahalingam, Gaurav Agrawal, Mark Rickert, Paul Cleary, P.M.A. Hakeem, Naim Uygun, Claudio Baiocchi





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