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Best Answer plasmid, 04 March 2013 - 03:35 AM

Without any sort of formal proof, I think that these are all possible shapes. Although I haven't yet fully convinced myself that the last shape I drew actually exists. It seems like it should though.

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#1 bonanova

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:59 AM

Here's a quickie ... should take about a minute.

 

If you draw four points on a paper, no three of them collinear, they define six line segments.

If the points lie on the corners of a square, four of the segments are of length 1, say, and two are of length sqrt(2).

 

How many different configurations of four points give edges whose lengths are one of two values?


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:01 PM

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 05:28 PM

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:50 AM

There are more. ;)
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:35 AM   Best Answer

Without any sort of formal proof, I think that these are all possible shapes. Although I haven't yet fully convinced myself that the last shape I drew actually exists. It seems like it should though.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:38 PM

Without any sort of formal proof, I think that these are all possible shapes. Although I haven't yet fully convinced myself that the last shape I drew actually exists. It seems like it should though.

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Yes, these are the complete set.
The last one has a simple explanation.
Can you find it?


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 01:37 AM

Do you know of any proof that this is a complete set?


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:54 AM

The last one has a simple explanation.
Can you find it?

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Do you know of any proof that this is a complete set?

I can prove it, although it's a bit brutish.
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:42 AM

Hands well waved. But here's a clue for another answer.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:47 AM

Without any sort of formal proof, I think that these are all possible shapes. Although I haven't yet fully convinced myself that the last shape I drew actually exists. It seems like it should though.

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Yes, these are the complete set.
The last one has a simple explanation.
Can you find it?

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