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Hard Discrete Maths

Can you pack 53 bricks of dimensions 1x1x4 into a 6x6x6 box? The faces of the bricks are parallel to the faces of the box

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Source: Xinfeng Zhou
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Hard Discrete Maths

An optimist and a pessimist are examining a sequence of real numbers. The optimist remarks, ‘Oh jolly! The sum of any eight consecutive terms is positive!’ But the pessimist interjects, ‘Not so fast, the sum of any five consecutive terms is negative.’ Can they both be right? Atmost how large can this sequence be?

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Source: Arthur Engel
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Hard Discrete Maths

We want to construct a structure made as follows: imagine that two long cylindrical pillars each with radius 1 intersect at right angles and their centers also intersect. What is the volume of this intersection?

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Hard Probability

You are given an urn with 100 balls (50 black and 50 white). You pick balls from urn one by one without replacements until all the balls are out. A black followed by a white or a white followed by a black is "a colour change". Calculate the expected number of colour changes if the balls are being picked randomly from the urn.

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Source: Placement test
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