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For The Mathematically Inclined

Anil Saigal

Problem #1

1.     How many zeros are on the end of 36!? 

Problem #2

In how many ways, counting ties, can eight horses cross the finishing line (For example, two horses, A and B, can finish in three ways: A wins, B wins, A and B tie.)


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Solutions from 01/29/2015

Problem #1
If 6 boys fill 6 notebooks in 6 weeks and 4 girls fill 4 notebooks in 4 weeks, how many notebooks will a class of 12 boys and 12 girls fill in 12 weeks?


Problem #2

Three boxes contain two coins each. One contains two nickels, one contains two dimes, and one contains a dime and a nickel. All three boxes are mislabeled. (Each contains the label of one of the other two boxes.) If you are permitted to take out only one coin at a time, how many must you take out in order to be able to label all three boxes correctly?


Congratulations to Kishore Balsara, Richa Juvekar and Suhas Pathak, who were winners of the last set of puzzles.

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