1. ## Re: Tough math puzzle

How can ithe distance be anything more than 30 feet when walking the straight line on each wall to ceiling to wall is 13 + 15 + 2 = 30 ?

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I was saying the other possible, straight line paths.

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Back into the breach (or whatever the opposite of giving up is called).

By straight line I guess we mean movement as if it's a toy car without the means to steer. By that definition I can find 6 possible straight lines (2 at 30 feet, 2 at 31.95, and 2 at 35.51). I can't figure the 33.54 or anything under 30.

The 30 comes from simple addition as illustrated by RYOU and represents movement perpindicular or parallel to the "edges".

The 31.95 is the hypotenuse of the triangle with 30 length and 11 height.
The 35.51 is the hypotenuse of the triangle with 30 length and 19 height.

For the first time I used this program called paint and was able to draw the lines on flattened out cubes. Though I was able to copy them to word pad I couldn't copy them to this message board.
Aw well.

4. ## Re: Tough math puzzle

Originally Posted by LkwdSteve
Back into the breach (or whatever the opposite of giving up is called).

By straight line I guess we mean movement as if it's a toy car without the means to steer. By that definition I can find 6 possible straight lines (2 at 30 feet, 2 at 31.95, and 2 at 35.51). I can't figure the 33.54 or anything under 30.

The 30 comes from simple addition as illustrated by RYOU and represents movement perpindicular or parallel to the "edges".

The 31.95 is the hypotenuse of the triangle with 30 length and 11 height.
The 35.51 is the hypotenuse of the triangle with 30 length and 19 height.

For the first time I used this program called paint and was able to draw the lines on flattened out cubes. Though I was able to copy them to word pad I couldn't copy them to this message board.
Aw well.
There is another possible answer with a height of 15.

http://stochastix.wordpress.com/2007...-fly-solution/

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That's not helping, Champ. It's different with a rectangle. Here are the figures from your link drawn with squares. The first one is still the shortest of these.

How long are you going to drag this out, Homer? I'm done.

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I give up.... I think Homer messed up!

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Doh! (My favorite Homerism.)

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I might have messed up, actually I probably did. I just remembered the concept of unfolding the room, so I didn't factor in the square vs. rectangle part. Definitely my bad . At least it started some thought and conversation though.