GlitterEater · 36-40, F

How are the arrangements ranked/ordered? Like what is meant by wasted space here?

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GlitterEater · 36-40, F

@SquirrelGirl Cool. Are you studying math?

**SquirrelGirl**· F

@GlitterEater computer science, lots of math involved but this one is more of a curiosity

GlitterEater · 36-40, F

@SquirrelGirl Awesome. I am (was?) a physicist. I like really computers though, currently working on a long term project building a computer with 6502 cpu + 6502 co-processors and basically all my physics work has been writing analysis code.

ElwoodBlues · M

I wouldn't say "bullshit;" I'd say sometimes math defeats your expectations of simplicity or symmetry. Sometimes math says your intuition is wrong.

Matt85 · 36-40, M

what a mess!

Onasander · 41-45, M

This sort of geometry is actually useful if you do lock picking, especially ib sporting events. You gotta look for manufacturing flaws to exploit in the plug, and know which sort of pick to use, and visualize what pins are moving and which are stuck, what kind of pins they are (lots of types of high security lins exist), etc. And some locks are designed bizarre, where you gotta have a equally perplexing key to get in. This sort of puzzle is the sort of thinking you need to solve such tasks. And the reward is you get to keep whatever you find locked up, so it is a potentially useful skill.

Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M

Very interesting post. These are surprisingly complicated problems. Similar to sphere-packing, or even soap bubble geometry.

DeWayfarer · 61-69, M

It's a minima problem. Not a maxima problem.

Most will think Maxima. So you give up!

It's really about changing your point of view! See it from a different perspective. And that's hard for most to do.

Most will think Maxima. So you give up!

It's really about changing your point of view! See it from a different perspective. And that's hard for most to do.

in10RjFox · 56-60, M

Is the image the problem or is it the solution?

**SquirrelGirl**· F

@in10RjFox doesnt matter how big the small squares are, its about relative size of the big square to the small ones

in10RjFox · 56-60, M

@SquirrelGirl the rule is all 17 squares must be fitted inside the big square without overlay. Right?

**SquirrelGirl**· F

@in10RjFox exactly

4 squares of side length 3

4 squares of side length 2

5 squares of side length 1

SinlessOnslaught · 26-30, M

I'm gonna use this knowledge before my shift ends today.

TheOneyouwerewarnedabout · 46-50, MVIP

day 16087... still not a circumstance ive ever had to use Algebra... 😡

72andy · 51-55, M

I suspect there are a few other Answers as well

Wolffy · 56-60, M

No mathematics are always b*******

MrBrownstone · 46-50, M

Looks like geometry.

Mudkip · 31-35, M

math is fun

JohnnySpot · 56-60, M

Stack them?

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