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Problem of the Week 1165
Thanks to some good work by POW reader Brian Trial (Ferndale, Mich.) we now have a complete, and rather surprising solution to this problem. The bottom line is that there is an essentially unique integer solution.
There are three variations: the "very hard version" is quite difficult and requires a lot of computer work. The "medium hard version" was also done by computer, but it is possible there is a solution by hand, so I will take that as the main Problem 1165. If you solve this by hand, let me know. The third gives more info, and can be done by hand fairly easily.
Background: You will need to know that the resisitance of x and y in series is
Source: Lee Sallows, Brian Trial, and Stan Wagon.
© Copyright 2013 Stan Wagon. Reproduced with permission.
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