A circular centrifuge has 30 slots spaced evenly around its circumference. Thirty samples need to be spun in the centrifuge, their masses being 1g, 2g, 3g, . . . 29g, 30g. How can all the samples be placed in the centrifuge at once while keeping it balanced properly?
For what other values of N is it possible to balance an N slot centrifuge with samples weighing 1g, 2g, 3g, . . . (N-1)g, Ng?
(In reply to re(3): Solution
In reply to Leonidas
Sums of irrationals may not be irrational! If it was always so, we would know if PI + e is rational or not.
Posted by goFish
on 2005-10-30 07:57:15