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# harey

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1. ## Illuminating a Convex Solid At Higher Dimensions

Not so quickly... If we need (in 3D) four lights for a sphere, a cylinder can be illuminated by three lights only. (I spent a long time to find a way to show that the edges can be smoothened and still illuminated until I consulted http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convex_body and realized that a cylinder is a convex solid). For a cone, two lights are enough. What bothers me at most: Consider a unit cube in the xyz coordinates and a line (0;0;0) - (1;1;1). If we need 0 lights to illuminate a point or a line, the whole cube would be illuminated by just two lights placed on this line just slightly outside the cube.
2. ## Maybe factoring a polynomial completely

c - a = -1 You mistakenly have this as positive one in your post. This is just a typo, sorry for that: d) ac=2; (c-a)=1; I would find very tasteful a=2; c=1; (1-2)=-1 I'm looking for you to show the steps in solving the system of simultaneous equations above. Sorry, I fear I will disappoint you (as I already said, there are few possibilities, so a brute force approach will solve the system in seconds while I would spend hours due to algebra errors): for a in [-2,-1,1,2]: c=int(2/a) for b in [-2,-1,1,2]: d=int(-2/b) if(d-b==3): if(a*d+b*c==3): print("a=",a,"c=",c,"b=",b,"d=",d,"ad+bc=",a*d+b*c,"d-b=",d-b) print(a*c,"x2+",a*d+b*c,"xy+",b*d,"y2+",c-a,"x+",d-b,"y-1") The problem does not have to be solved by a system of equations, As no one else posts and I have no other idea how to solve it, can you post the solution?
3. ## Illuminating a Convex Solid At Higher Dimensions

Can you prove it? I hesitate between 1 and 2...
4. ## Maybe factoring a polynomial completely

Well, I am just not very sure concerning the assumption in b). I do not consider whether there is a solution of another kind - when solving a problem, there is a little bit of intuition on the beginning. This does not make me doubt about the solution if I find one, except in the case I would claim it is unique. As for the remainder, there are so few possible solutions (we look for integers) that you can try them all. Otherwise, you could solve it as a system of multiple equations with multiple variables, but I think it is too much hassle here. I am awaiting the official solution!!!

8. ## minimum distance

I get the same result as bonanova and Yoruichi-san. Wanting to avoid algebraic errors, I asked Wolfram Alpha: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=minimize+%28%28x*x%29%2B4%29**%281%2F2%29%2B%28%28x*x%29%2B9%29**%281%2F2%29%2B5-x&lk=4&num=5

12. ## you are in an orgy

What does it mean? I have never been to an orgy
13. ## A very unconventional solution to the worldâ€™s most difficult logic puzzle

I do not really fancy this kind of problem. The solution usually is "What would answer the god B if the god A asked him what would answer the god C if..." Did you think about something like that?
14. ## Santa Claus's speed

I am assuming we are looking for the smallest CONSTANT speed. If we want to maximize the travel time (at varying speed), he can travel almost forever: he follows the shadow line moving imperceptibly to the south.

16. ## hidden race order

Please post, I think that you cannot get more than 3:

20. ## Majority Rules

We already had this problem, something like drawing two different fruits from a handbag. I just cannot locate it.
21. ## Complex numbers

If it worked, it would be great for fractal pictures. The bad news is that multiplications are in the processor heavily optimized, a fair guess 4-5 additions. Googling: The big question is how the 3 temporary variables were treated by the compiler. If we have to access the RAM...
22. ## Complex numbers

@bonanova - sorry, but I believe you have a sign error with the factor bd: I = (a+b)(c+d) - R =ac+bc+ad+bd - (ac - bd) ... = ... +2*bd ....
23. ## Complex numbers

@bmad As nobody found the solution, can you post it?

25. ## average birthdays

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