Problem Solving Seminar

A cylinder of cheese cut into eight identical pieces.

It's easy to see that a cylinder of cheese can be cut into eight identical pieces with four straight cuts. Can this be done with only three straight cuts? answer (Image adapted from Supplementary Problems #1 by Prof. Richard Stanley.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

18.S34

As Taught In

Fall 2007

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Features

Course Description

This course, which is geared toward Freshmen, is an undergraduate seminar on mathematical problem solving. It is intended for students who enjoy solving challenging mathematical problems and who are interested in learning various techniques and background information useful for problem solving. Students in this course are expected to compete in a nationwide mathematics contest for undergraduates.

Archived Versions

Rogers, Hartley, Kiran Kedlaya, and Richard Stanley. 18.S34 Problem Solving Seminar, Fall 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/18-s34-problem-solving-seminar-fall-2007 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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