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Planks across a ditch (Posted on 2017-08-17) Difficulty: 4 of 5
Consider an L-shaped ditch with straight sides and both legs of the same uniform width.

Part 1: How wide a ditch can be bridged with two 10 foot planks?

Part 2: How wide a ditch can be bridged with three 10 foot planks?

Note: consider the planks to be rigid line segments - very thin yet strong.

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Part 2 | Comment 2 of 4 |
If the planks are rigid line segments, very thin yet strong, then they can be interleaved so that A is on B, B is on C, and C is on A.  Instead of using the corner, place the free end of A and B on one side and the free end of C on the other.  In theory, the free ends of A and B can be arbitrarily close, which means that we can bridge up to 20 feet.
  Posted by Steve Herman on 2017-08-18 12:16:14
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