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#1 Sourabh

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 10:14 AM

There's a certain kind of egg about which you wonder: What is the highest floor of a 36-story building from which you can drop an egg without it breaking? All eggs of this kind are identical, so you can conduct experiments. Unfortunately, you only have 2 eggs. Fortunately, if an egg survives a drop without breaking, it is as good as new--that is, you can then conduct another dropping experiment with it. What is the smallest number of drops that is sure to determine the answer to your wonderings?
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#2 plainglazed

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 10:48 AM

Am thinking
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#3 DeeGee

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:09 AM

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8 drops.
Drop from 8th, 15th, 20th, 26th, 30th, 33rd, 35th and finally the 36th (to see if it even breaks at the 36th) floors
Whenever the first egg breaks, start dropping second egg from the next lower floor. The max number of drops will be 8
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#4 Sourabh

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:36 AM

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8 drops.
Drop from 8th, 15th, 20th, 26th, 30th, 33rd, 35th and finally the 36th (to see if it even breaks at the 36th) floors
Whenever the first egg breaks, start dropping second egg from the next lower floor. The max number of drops will be 8
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Its correct.......

its goes by formula

q(q+1)/2>=36
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#5 RoteFreiherr

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:58 AM

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#6 riad135

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:11 PM

Have to agree with the last post - how would you know if it was floor 5 or 6?

Here's the real answer

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#7 Dempsey Collins

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:42 PM

What is the smallest number of drops that is sure to determine the answer to your wonderings?

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 02:07 PM

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If it breaks on the 8th floor you then try the 1st floor and the 2nd etc until you find where it breaks.
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#9 RoteFreiherr

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 02:56 PM

If it breaks on the 8th floor you then try the 1st floor and the 2nd etc until you find where it breaks.

LOL my bad, yep it still makes 8 drops :thumbsup: bad brain day :P
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#10 Mesmer

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 05:39 PM

Drop your first egg from the following floors until (or if) it breaks:
6th, 12, 18, 24, 30, 35

Worst case comes if the egg breaks on either the 30th or 35th floor.

If it breaks on the 30th floor, then take the second egg and start at 26 and go through 28, for a total of 8. You can skip 25, since you know 24 worked. No need to go past 28 because you know 30 didn't work.

If it breaks on the 35th floor, then take the second egg and start at 32 and go to 33, for a total of 8.

All other breaks result in less than 8.

Good puzzle. Thanks.
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