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Mathematicians Hall of Fame

These are the persons who have demonstrated mathematical expertise.

Graeme Lindridge, Tasmania, Australia

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1. Exactly 63.41463414 % of the people asked if they used a certain product, replied "Yes".

What is the smallest number of people who could have been asked the question?

2. Something = nothing?

Let S= 1/2 + 1/3 + 1/4 + 1/5 + 1/6 + 1/7 + . . . . . . .

Then taking 1/2 of each term

1/2 S= 1/4 + 1/6 + 1/8 + 1/10 + 1/12 + 1/14 + . . . . . . .

Subtract 1/2 S from S, the result is

1/2 S= 1/2 + 1/3 + 1/5 + 1/7 + 1/9 + 1/11 + . . . . . . . .

Subtracting the first expression for

1/2 S from the second expression for

1/2 S, we get

1/2 + (1/3 - 1/4) + (1/5 - 1/6) + . . . . = 0

Or 1/2 + 1/12 + 1/30 + 1/56 + 1/90 = 0

Proving that something equals nothing.

Do you believe it? Or, is there a reason? Explain.

Solution #1

As a fraction, 63.41463414%=63414/99999=7046/11111=26/41
41 people were asked, 26 replied yes

Solution #2

The series in the first line does not have a finite sum. If you add enough terms you can make it as large as you please. Therefore, it is a mistake to call its sum S, and you certainly can not start working out 1/2 S.


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Challenge #1

Each of these true statements refers to seven out of eight of the living members of the Jones and King families, either by their personal name or by their relationship to another member.
1. John's wife's sister's husband's mother's son is Peter's cousin's father.
2. Sally's grand-daughter's cousin's father's sister-in-law is Gregory's son-in-law's wife.

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If Anita has no children, what relationship is she to Mike? (Yes, all the information is here. There are two possible solutions.)

Challenge #2

Find the sum of this series

1/2 + 2/4 + 3/8 + 4/16 + 5/ 32 + . . . =

Challenge #3

Find the sum of this series 1/2 + 3/4 + 5/8 + 7/16 + 9/32 + . . . =

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Mathematical Puzzles Answers

1. If Anita has no children, what relationship is she to Mike? The answer is
2. Find the sum of this series
1/2 + 2/4 + 3/8 + 4/16 + 5/ 32 + . . . =
3.Find the sum of this series
1/2 + 3/4 + 5/8 + 7/16 + 9/32 + . . . =
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