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October 4th, 2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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Cross Side!

Code:
(U)        A         (Z)       D            (Y) 




                     [M] 
 B                                            E 



(V)          C       (W)            F       (X)
That there is an 8 by 4 pool table, with pockets U,V,W,X,Y,Z and center M.

Of course: UV = VW = WX = XY = YZ = ZU = 4.

The cue ball is at M.

Minnesota Fats performs the following "trick shot":
shoots cue ball at point A:
ball continues in order to points B,C,D,E,F, then from F directly to side pocket Z.

What is size of angle MAZ?

Had fun with that...came up with ATAN(9/...prove me wrong (or right)!
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October 5th, 2012, 01:03 PM   #2
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You are correct. The "vertical" and "horizontal" components of the path are 4 1/2 times the table width and twice the table length respectively, so angle MAZ = arctan(18/16) = arctan(9/.
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Re: Cross Side!

Thanks Skip...took me a while to "digest" that ! Real cool
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