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The Inquisitive Problem Solver : MAA Problem Book Series - Paul Vaderlind

The Inquisitive Problem Solver

MAA Problem Book Series

Paperback

Published: 1st April 2002
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The Inquisitive Problem Solver is a collection of mathematical miniatures composed to stimulate and entertain. On a deeper level, these little puzzles, accessible to a general audience, provide a setting rich in mathematical themes. One of the larger purposes of the book is to show how everyday situations can lead an inquisitive problem solver to profound and far-reaching mathematical principles. Discussions accompanying the problems reinforce important techniques in discrete mathematics, and the solutions - which require verbal arguments - show that proofs and careful reasoning are at the core of doing mathematics. In addition, anyone reading this book will learn that asking good questions is just as important to the progress of mathematics as answering questions. The book contains more than a dozen open problems for further research by amateurs or professionals. This treasury of problems will serve as a resource for anyone seeking to improve their problem-solving knowledge and know-how.

Prefacep. v
Bad calibration
Getting inside a brick
In the running
The domino effect
What a mesh!
The sands of time
Anyone for tennis?
Tiresome parrot
A wire cube
A cube of many colors
Paper folding
Colored cubes
No-one twice as rich
Find the dud
Eternal triangle
Painting models
Sums of consecutive numbers
Hand in hand
Unicursal
Do-it-yourself
Number the regions
Fair proportion
More or less
Not much difference
Leapfrog
Slicing a cube
Sums around a circle
How many voted?
Shelf space
What's the difference?
Shortest path
Unneighborly circuit
Emptying heaps
The cookie monster
Bull's-eye
Off-off-off-price
Sums and differences
Fair shares
Turning $0.88 into $1.60
Musical squares
Pouring down
Equal but different
Mitosis
Free-throw contest
Restore these multiplications
Seven-eleven
All ten digits
Minimize the walking
Equally productive
Join the dots
Three truths, two lies
Diminishing returns
Fidgits with digits
Plus or minus
Truth or consequences
Lying about lying
Roads of destiny
Twixt truth and falsehood
Stringing along
Magic square
Count up and count down
Seventh-fold deletion
A binary cryptarithm
First service
Eight into six won't go
Times are odd!
Round-robin wrestling
Knockout tennis
Rummy
Nine cubits
Nine-fold insert
Magic rectangle
Dunrovian coinage
An elevating experience
Another elevating experience
Squaring the triangle
Plus-minus grid
Staffing problem
Difference of squares
Making a soccer ball
Clicker, the robot
Tricolored triangles
A game of Snap
Variegated products
Complete satisfaction
Numberworm
Longer worms
Guideposts
Straight strokes
Heads I win, tails you lose
Rewards for work well done
The school dance
Well-balanced neighbors
A 9-hole and an 11-hole course
Elephant waltz
Equal sums
Equal products
Four-letter words
Lost galoshes
Six sums the same
Collective bargaining
A confusion of coins
Completing the square
Countdown
Give or take
Skipping around the track
Fifty-fifty
Casting out the threes
Location, location, location
Growth spurt
Wheels within wheels
Crossed polygons
Turning points
Two pointed questions
Oddly even
Latin squares with diverse diagonals
Seeing double
Empty nest
Tetrominoes
Intersecting lines
Domino cover-up
Secret lives
Reverse ordering
Different sums for different lines
More diverse line sums
A dollar a year
The Sol LeWitt puzzle
Leveling up
Dial a pile
Fencing a field
Partitioned latin squares
Balanced numbers
Divisible digits
Leg work
Contending contestants
Magic products
Goggles retrieval
Paper folding sequences
Green acres
Keeping in the nines
Seven divisions
Elementary, my dear Watson!
Winners in, losers out
Four square
Less is more
Take 'em away
Trivalence
Half and half
Go for gold!
Destructive Dan
Let's face it
Packing calissons
Ballroom dance-cards
Scrambled shoebox
Covering with trominoes
Four for four
Tables for four
Dot-to-dot
Counterfeit coins
Delegate mixer
Round-robin volleyball
Encoded pentomino tiling
More pentomino rectification
Beware of frost
Tower of pizza
Strange bedfellows
Squaring the rectangle
Some good ones
Fair and square
Try your luck
Visitors from outer space
Find the dominoes
Find more dominoes
Banquet seating
A planned neighborhood
A temperamental elevator
Patternizing
Minimal extraction
Tom and Jerry
Notched blocks
Tiling with quadrilaterals
Sum of digits of square
Number of the beast
Divisible digits
Pretty products
Meltdown
A list of jousts
Curious fences
Cars or carts
Chain reaction
Two cryptarithms
Odd neighbors
The powers that be
The towers that be
Blacksmithery
Crossnumber puzzle
Happy campers
A regular icosagon
Parquet flooring
Magic line
Magic fifteen
Tic-Tac-Toe
All x-ed out
Head on collision
Staking claims
One or both
Help the king home
Casting in the nines
Operands and operants
Toad Road
Room for one more
Tiling with trapdoor
Lucky sevens
Factorial digits
Two sums the same
The first shall be last
Nonattacking queens
Magic triangle
Far flung points
By air or sea
Can you wing it?
Outward bound
Build more overpasses
Point of no return
A better plan
Business card exchange
Consecutive sums
Incompetent advisors
A number scale
Give and take
Chess tournament scores
Equal and unequal shares
Two more cryptarithms
Peter makes his point
Covering a disk
Sentries in the square
Forward thinking
Tetromino tilings
Divisibility by 11
Painting by numbers
Gasp! Asp!
Unlucky thirteen
Animal sociology
Musical chairs
Taking the cake
Domino tiling
Divisors of repunits
Modular triangles
Digital sums
More gold medalists
House numbers in Straightsville
No two in a line
Lie detection
Think of five numbers
Dan's crazy computer
The 13-coin problem
The Treasuryp. 277
About the Authorsp. 327
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ISBN: 9780883858066
ISBN-10: 0883858061
Series: MAA Problem Book Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.6