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 The gardener's woe is continuous (Posted on 2006-08-30)
In Gardener's Woe http://perplexus.info/show.php?pid=4770 the seedlings could only come up at integral locations. Now let's allow for the seedlings to be anywhere within a unit square:

A gardener has broadcast seeded a 1 meter plot and only some of the seeds sprouted. A hungry slug is eating the first seedling, which is at position (0,0). When it is finished it will go directly to the next closest* seedling and so on until all have been consumed. Where are the seedlings located if the total distance travelled is maximized?

Solve for 2,3,4,5,6 etc. seedlings inside the square garden?

*An important change needs to be made from the original version:
The slug may now have to choose between equidistant seedlings. In any situation where it would have to choose, you may choose the desired path for it.

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 re: Solution(?) | Comment 3 of 5 |
(In reply to Solution(?) by Dej Mar)

looking at your solutions I get the following exact values for the distances

2 seedlings
1+Sqrt[2]

3 seedlings
1+Sqrt[2]+Sqrt[2-Sqrt[2]]

4 seedlings
2+Sqrt[2]+Sqrt[2-Sqrt[3]]

5 seedlings
2+Sqrt[2]+2*Sqrt[2-Sqrt[3]]

having trouble finding an exact value for 6 seedlings without knowing what 0.3632 is exactly,  I was able to reverse engineer the other decimal values used but this one seem to evade me :-).

Now as for seedlings 1-5 the square roots scream to me that there is a pattern to the total distances, but I am unable to discover this pattern as yet.

 Posted by Daniel on 2006-08-30 22:00:42

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