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October 29th, 2007, 09:38 PM   #1
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I hope this is in the right forum

Hey guys I am a newcomer and haven't played around with mathematics for a little while but this question seems to fit in here (from reading the description anyway).

My friend gave me this puzzle and I have absolutley no idea how to figure it out. I have been given the numbers 1-7 which have a complementary greek letter from Alpha-Eta (alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, zeta, eta). He has told me that the number 4's complementary letter is Alpha, while the letter Delta is the complementary to the number 5 so it would be the following:
1-2-3-4-5-6-7
#-#-#-A-D-#-#

So my question is, how would I figure out what 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7's complementary Greek letter?

I am absolutley puzzled, any help would be fantastic. Thanks
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October 30th, 2007, 04:19 AM   #2
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I am absolutley puzzled, any help would be fantastic. Thanks
Without more information it can't be uniquely solved. You could come up with a solution but it won't necessarily match his.
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Well I tried a few things and all came out with different outputs (some were different anyway).

At first I laid out 1-7 and labeled the number 4 (Alpha) as the 'middle' of the problem with its number also playing an important role in what I started. So with the number 4 already taken out of the problem I was left with 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7. With this I used the number 4 to count across the numbers path, skipping the number 4 as it had been matched already so I arrived at the number 5 which was labeled delta. So I continued with this and ended up getting a complete obscure outcome, only just realizing that if I were to use this method I would have had to start with Beta after Alpha, not Delta so I scrapped it.

I used the Alpha as the start of my next method and figured I would use the number 4 as the start of my problem solving (This might be hard to explain but I will try my hardest!). So I laid out the following:
Alpha
Beta
Gamma
Delta
Epsilon
Zeta
Eta

Now I know Alpha equals 4 but I wanted to know what the rest of the numbers were (whilst proving why Delta = 5) so I counted 4 from Alpha on the list. Alpha, Beta, Gamma, DELTA. The number after 4 is 5 so I then labeled Delta as 5. After this I counted five down the list, going back to the top once at the end of the list. Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, (SKIP Alpha because it has been used), BETA. So I labeled Beta as number 6. From there I counted 6, skipping those greek letters than had already been used on the list and I got Gamma which equaled 7. Then I counted 7 down the list and labeled Epsilon as number 1, and continued so in the end I had the following result:

Alpha = 04
Beta = 06
Gamma = 07
Delta = 05
Epsilon = 01
Zeta = 02
Eta 03

A-B-G-D-Ep-Z-E
4-6-7-5-1-2-3

It could be correct, I tried using logic and this seemed to be the most logical output. What do you guys think?
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It could be correct, I tried using logic and this seemed to be the most logical output. What do you guys think?
It has everything to do with psychology and nothing with logic/mathematics -- how well can you guess what your friend would have done? All I can say is that there are 120 ways to make your choices.
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This isn't the right forum for your question; since it obviously can't be resolved mathematically, it doesn't really belong anywhere here.
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