By Martin Erickson

Every mathematician (beginner, novice, alike) thrills to discover uncomplicated, dependent strategies to possible tough difficulties. Such chuffed resolutions are known as ``aha! solutions,'' a word popularized via arithmetic and technological know-how author Martin Gardner. Aha! ideas are extraordinary, wonderful, and scintillating: they exhibit the great thing about mathematics.

This e-book is a set of issues of aha! suggestions. the issues are on the point of the varsity arithmetic pupil, yet there can be anything of curiosity for the highschool pupil, the trainer of arithmetic, the ``math fan,'' and an individual else who loves mathematical challenges.

This assortment comprises 100 difficulties within the parts of mathematics, geometry, algebra, calculus, chance, quantity thought, and combinatorics. the issues commence effortless and usually get more challenging as you move throughout the publication. a number of options require using a working laptop or computer. a massive characteristic of the booklet is the bonus dialogue of similar arithmetic that follows the answer of every challenge. This fabric is there to entertain and tell you or aspect you to new questions. should you do not have in mind a mathematical definition or suggestion, there's a Toolkit at the back of the ebook that may help.

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Bonus: An Algebraic Proof Suppose that A, B, C (given, without loss of generality, in counter-clockwise order) are represented by vectors a, b, c, respectively. c a0 / D b a0 ; and M is a rotation matrix around the origin of angle =3. b 00 a00 / D c 00 a00 . a C b C c 0 a0 b c/ 3 a00 / D D c 00 a00 : By the way, the result in Napoleon’s theorem also holds if the equilateral triangles are constructed inwardly rather than outwardly. a C b 2 C c 2 / 1 A; 24 2 where A is the area of the given triangle.

N. (b) There is exactly one polynomial of degree at most n with the property specified in (a). Statement (a) is verified by evaluating P at ˛0 , ˛1 , . . ˛i / D ˇi . To prove (b), suppose that P and Q are two such polynomials. z/. Then R has degree at most n and has n C 1 roots, namely, ˛0 , ˛1 , . . , ˛n . Hence, R is identically 0, and P and Q are identical polynomials. This proves uniqueness. 2 Geometry What’s the Side Length? Let P be a point inside an equilateral triangle ABC , with PA D 4, PB D 3, and P C D 5.

1 Algebra 43 3:17 is given by 16 t C ; 12 720 and hence t D 11760=719 (seconds) D 16 C 196=719 (minutes). So the solution is 3:16:16+256/719 seconds. The difference between the minute hand and hour hand at this time is 16 C 256=719 16 C 196=719 1 D of the circle: 60 60 719 This makes sense because the minute hand is at some multiple of 1=719 around the circle (as its position is dictated by the hour hand’s position), and the closest it can be is 1=719 of the circle. The other (symmetric) solution is 8:43:43+463/719 seconds.