Date: Mar 13, 2013 1:01 AM
Author: GS Chandy
Subject: Re: Please help me with the following question
Further GSC's post of Mar 13, 2013 7:43 AM (pasted below my signature for ready reference):

The solution arrived at via the above strategy is seen (in part - the most important part is shown) at:

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=8575196 .

GSC

("Still Shoveling!")

GSC posted Mar 13, 2013 7:43 AM

> Robert Hansen (RH) posted Mar 12, 2013 7:24 AM

> (GSC's remarks follow):

> >

> > On Mar 11, 2013, at 5:26 PM, Joe Niederberger

> > <niederberger@comcast.net> wrote:

> >

> > > Now I have no idea what you are claiming.

> >

> > Let me ask you this. You don't see how there is an

> > attribute to this problem that when you go in one

> > direction you are losing ground and when you go in

> > another you are gaining ground or at least holding

> > your own (because this problem is pretty tight)?

> Many

> > problems have this attribute. That is the "problem

> > solving" strategy I am talking about.

> >

> > Bob Hansen

> >

> GOT IT!

>

> I now understand that the strategy I had used for the

> '12-Coin Problem" (when I had nailed it at age 10 or

> 11 over half a century ago) was like so:

>

> Step A of strategy:

> When I tried one way, I gained ground.

>

> When I tried another way, I lost ground.

>

> Step B of strategy:

> So I chose the way that helped me gain ground.

>

> Step C:

> Again, I found that,

> - -- when I went one way, I gained ground.

> - -- when I went the other way, I lost ground.

> Once again, I chose the way that enabled me to gain

> ground.

>

> REPEAT from Step A. (ad infinitum if required).

>

> The problem was solved!

>

> Many thanks for these 'Helpful Hints on Strategy'.

>

> I do believe all is now clear?

>

> GSC

> ("Still Shoveling!")