To the newbies, you really need to use the "Spoiler" to put your answers in so that those who want the chance to figure it out on their own can still do that. It is easy and it is just being considerate of others. Just click on the capital S in the blue box...it is pretty self explanatory! If you can not figure it out, email me, I will take you step by step through the process. Thank you!
Shriyam, honey, you have to learn to use the spoiler when answering riddles! Some folks prefer to try to answer them without peeking at others answers. By typing your answers out in the open, it makes it impossible not to see them! If you just click on the white capital S with the blue background, it will bring up a box where you can enter your answers and have them available for those who wish to look at them and hidden from those who don't!
Please try it next time...I think you will find it easy enough to use every time! Thanx!
P.S. That goes for lenzvlt and any other newbies who are finding it difficult to work the SPOILER BUTTON! Just typing
Oh boy! It is becoming increasingly clear that we are most unclear as to the facts of this exercise!!!
Capt. Ed, I was working under the assumption that one mirror square was the same size as one square on the table.
I had also begun working with the assumption that we were free to use all of the mirror pieces in either a horizontal or vertical alignment.
Looking back, I see I am assuming a lot and we all know what happens when we ASSUME anything!!!
I will say that it was a lot more fun working with all the mirrors instead of just a few. My units increased significantly, too.
I would say I wasted all that time working on a problem that I really didn't have all the facts on, but I didn't have anything better to do anyway, and it was fun! Hopefully the Prof. will make an appearance in the morning and clear up this mess so we can get down to some serious time wasting!!! LOL
I will refrain from posting any more "scores" until I find out the real rules. I bid you all Good Night!
Another question. Are we allowed to use all the mirrors listed? I was interpreting it to mean we could choose 4 small or 3 larger, etc. If we are to use all of the mirrors listed, my answer will change dramatically!!!
The actual answer is that It would end the beam at the edge of the table at exactly the mid point of the left edge of 3A. I am not usually this picky, but it is important to note that the entrance point is not a "slight offset" but the problems stated that the "light beam enters from the middle of the top left cell at an angle of 45 degrees..." If it entered at the top corner, it would not reflect the same as it does with this setup. If it enters somewhere other than the "middle" at a "45 degree" angle, it will also affect where it hits the mirror and where it goes. It also affects the measurement of the beams. In other words, it is extremely important to the entire problem!