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One question immediately stands out...

He does like to serve that up from time to time, I've noticed.

I'll take a guess...


This reminds me of a scooter trip I once took on these very boards where I learned a valuable lesson about headstarts.

A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

It was correctly included in the OP, just not the explanation.

Quite small. The larger n is the smaller the chord length. I would argue that this is not an acceptable way to chose "random chords", however.

After doing some research and none of the math, I've found

could you explain how you got your answer?


Anyone else having this problem with Chrome?
Prof. Templeton replied to Yoruichisan's topic in Comments and Suggestions
Just logged in from my home computer and yep, format is all screwy. Change theme did not help. Edit: Just changed to the IPS Test theme and that worked, but IP.Board does not. 
So, then it is more random. I looked up Jaynes' proposal and it based on the fact that the size of the circle is unknown, here the OP has given us a size. Is throwing straws at a circle a better method than selecting a number at random between 0 and πr2 , letting that number represent an area and drawing a chord to section off that area?

I was just pointing out that Bertrand left out that method for choosing a chord. However,

He left out from his three what I thought was the most intuitive way to make a chord

Major Grumblegutts' Challenge
Prof. Templeton replied to Prof. Templeton's question in New Logic/Math Puzzles
I believe that does it. Thanks for hanging in there. 
Should we randomly chose the definition of random? I know our friend laid out three ways to draw a random chord while leaving out, arguably, the most intuitive way. I thought I remember reading that there were more ways than that even. Math is just a hobby for me so I am not immersed in it.

Anyone else having this problem with Chrome?
Prof. Templeton replied to Yoruichisan's topic in Comments and Suggestions
I use Chrome. No problems. 
Major Grumblegutts' Challenge
Prof. Templeton replied to Prof. Templeton's question in New Logic/Math Puzzles
Ahh. I see the mistake I made. What if we decide that the sergeant was called into the meeting after it started. Does that make the last part solvable? 
Major Grumblegutts' Challenge
Prof. Templeton replied to Prof. Templeton's question in New Logic/Math Puzzles

Major Grumblegutts' Challenge
Prof. Templeton replied to Prof. Templeton's question in New Logic/Math Puzzles

Major Grumblegutts' Challenge
Prof. Templeton replied to Prof. Templeton's question in New Logic/Math Puzzles
No one wants to accept the challenge of determining the size of the Major's or his enemy's available forces? 

Yeah, they're not so good at policing the "regular" stuff either. Good with the bad, right?

Where did all these dowels come from?
Prof. Templeton replied to Prof. Templeton's question in New Logic/Math Puzzles
Yes, it looks like that 33 solution is unstable. Although not optimal, I will give a hint to a better solution.