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Problem 1/17. The 154-digit number, 19202122...939495,
was obtained by listing the integers from 19 to 95 in succession.
We are to remove 95 of its digits, so that the resulting number is
as large as possible. What are the first 19 digits of this 59-digit
Problem 2/17. Find all pairs of positive integers (m,n) for
which m^2 - n^2 = 1995.
Problem 3/17. Show that it is possible to arrange in the
plane 8 points so that no 5 of them will be the vertices of a convex
pentagon. (A polygon is convex if all of its interior angles
are less than or equal to 180 degrees).
Problem 4/17. A man is 6 years older than his wife. He noticed
4 years ago that he has been married to her exactly half of his life.
How old will he be on their 50th anniversary if in 10 years she will
have spent two-thirds of her life married to him?
Problem 5/17. What is the minimum number of 3 by 5
rectangles that will cover a 26 by 26 square? The rectangles may
overlap each other and/or the edges of the square. You should
demonstrate your conclusion with a sketch of the covering.
Solve as many of the problems as you can (you need not solve them all),
and mail your solutions to:
Professor E. J. Barbeau
Make sure that the front page of your solutions contains your
full name and mailing address.
Department of Mathematics
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
These problems are made available through the quarterly journal
Mathematics and Informatics. Student subscriptions at US$12
(student rate) or US$18 (teacher rate) may be ordered from
Prof. George Berzsenyi, Department of Mathematics, Box 121,
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN 47803-3999, U.S.A.
Remittances should be payable to Mathematics and Informatics.
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