squares & sticks // 2 cents on proper problem formulation

Paul Schlosser SCHLOSSER at ciit.org
Thu Jun 16 13:40:50 EST 1994


Since the issue of what happens when a stick just touches the edge or
corner of a square arises, perhaps a better (more complete) description
would include:
1) the sticks have no width, only length
2) a stick is counted as crossing a square only if it projects some
   distance into the interior of the square (i.e., just touching the
   edge or a corner doesn't count).
The original poster will have to say whether or not these conditions on
the physical analogy actually represent the real problem being considered.

Paul
schlosser at beta.ciit.org



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