Which Way Did the Bicycle Go? ...and Other Intriguing Mathematical Mysteries (Dolciani Mathematical Expositions, No.18)

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This book contains the best problems selected from over 25 years of the Problem of the Week at Macalester College. This collection will give students, teachers, and university professors a chance to experience the pleasure of wrestling with some beautiful problems of elementary mathematics. Readers can compare their sleuthing talents with those of Sherlock Holmes, who made a bad mistake regarding the first problem in the collection: Determine the direction of travel of a bicycle that has left its tracks in a patch of mud. The collection contains a variety of other unusual and interesting problems in geometry, algebra, combinatorics, and number theory. For example, if a pizza is sliced into eight 45-degree wedges meeting at a point other than the center of the pizza, and two people eat alternating wedges, will they get equal amounts of pizza? Or: Is an advertiser's claim that a certain unusual combination lock allows thousands of combinations justified? Complete solutions to the 191 problems are included with problem variations and topics for investigation.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780883853252
  • Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Dolciani Mathematical Expositions Series , #18
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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Preface; 1. Plane geometry; 2. Number theory; 3. Algebra; 4. Combinatorics and graph theory; 5. Three-dimensional geometry; 6. Miscellaneous; Solutions.

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