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 On The Edge (Posted on 2004-10-24)
Consider a round jar with no lid. The radius of the opening in the jar is 10. A coin (with a radius R < 10) can be placed flat on the edge of the jar without falling. The coin can be placed such that its center is on the rim of the jar, or it can be moved toward the center of the jar.

What is R, when the coin is as close to the center of the jar as possible without falling in, and the inside edge of the coin is at the center of the jar's opening?

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(In reply to A quick guess by SteveH)

The problem asks for a coin big enough for its edge, not its center, to reach the center of the jar.  Then the problem becomes more interesting.
 Posted by Tristan on 2004-10-24 15:36:47

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