February 22nd, 2017, 07:15 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2017 From: LA Posts: 6 Thanks: 0 
As the title, can you solve this puzzle or finding another solution for it? Accept challenge? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv7eLjWIm30&t=2s Last edited by skipjack; February 22nd, 2017 at 09:53 AM. 
February 22nd, 2017, 12:00 PM  #2  
Math Team Joined: May 2013 From: The Astral plane Posts: 1,559 Thanks: 601 Math Focus: Wibbly wobbly timeywimey stuff.  Quote:
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February 22nd, 2017, 05:55 PM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2017 From: USA Posts: 22 Thanks: 1 
I made three squares moving just three sticks Extra credit for me as it only took 15 seconds 
February 23rd, 2017, 12:32 AM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: UK Posts: 765 Thanks: 288 
5 squares in about 6 seconds. I didn't have sound (at work), there weren't any spoken rules were there?

February 23rd, 2017, 04:37 PM  #5 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2017 From: LA Posts: 6 Thanks: 0 
I have few solutions for this puzzle. Some body can find out? Sent from my SGHT889 using Tapatalk 
February 23rd, 2017, 08:34 PM  #6 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2017 From: Denmark Posts: 11 Thanks: 1 
I did it another way in ~30 seconds, basically I did the same as the guy who commented in the comment section of the video. So, I'm a genius yay.

February 24th, 2017, 04:08 AM  #7 
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February 24th, 2017, 04:31 AM  #8 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 1,991 Thanks: 651 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions 
I have found 6 solutions so far involving 4 sticks, none of which are the one specified in the video Basically this: Code: ....    .. . .   . . ..    .... If you want little squares to go into the middle, you can leave a mathstick, so you get many more solutions all involving movement of 3 sticks. 
February 24th, 2017, 04:51 AM  #9 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: UK Posts: 765 Thanks: 288 
I suggest we turn this on its head, find a 'solution' where the removal of 4 sticks leaves you in a position where you can't create 3 squares by adding 4 sticks. I've not found a solution yet (meaning there's a bucket load of solutions to the original problem!)

February 24th, 2017, 06:21 AM  #10 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 1,991 Thanks: 651 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions  Just make a big line of sticks? ^_^


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