Date: Apr 7, 1995 8:07 AM
Author: DAVE_LUNSFORD@gcccd.cc.ca.us
Subject: re: how many coins?
From: tad@midget.towson.edu on Fri Apr 7

>Does anyone have a proof to the following:

>

>Given a rectangular region of 2cm by 1000cm. You can fit 2011

>(I think it was 2011. It is more than 2000) coins of 1cm

>diameter in this region.

>

>On the surface, it appears that the answer should be 2000, but

>someone at the Bell Lab apparently proved that you can fit more

>(which, by the way, is very significant for communication folks

>since each "coin" can be a fiberoptic cable in an underground

>cable cases).

>************************************************************************

As Jim Austin points out, there need to be at least 3 rows for

economy in packaging. Three rows of 1 cm diameter "rigid" coins

can be fit into a 2000 sq. cm. rectangle that is approximately

2.7321 cm by 732.04 cm. Two rows (top and bottom) will contain

732 coins while the middle row will contain 731 for a total of

2195 coins in 2000 sq. cm. of space.

QUESTION #1: What is the maximum number of "rigid" coins 1 cm in

diameter that can be fit into a rectangular area of 2000 sq. cm.?

QUESTION #2: What is the maximum number of "rigid" coins 1 cm.

in diameter that can be fit into a rectangle of area A sq. cm.

Questions #3, 4, 5, ...: Change Q #2 by replacing rectangle with

triangle, hexagon, circle, ...

Anybody for ping pong????