Counting triangles on a tin ceiling (solution, take 2)

This is the solution to a problem I posed in my previous blog post. Please read that post first. [Update: I posted a solution to this problem two days ago. Yesterday Brent Yorgey pointed out that my analysis of “type 2” triangles was not quite correct. (See his comment below.) So I went back to…

Counting triangles on a tin ceiling

This morning a student popped in to my office and said he had a math question for me, and that it wasn’t related to a class he was taking. He said that his apartment has a tin ceiling with square tiles. The tiles have X’s through them, as illustrated below: He asked: “Is there a…

Lipson’s mathematical LEGO sculptures

Ξ at the the 360 blog just posted a neat LEGO fact: it is possible to snap together two 2×4 lego bricks in 24 different ways. Given six of these LEGOs it is possible to snap them together in 915,103,765 different ways! This inspired me to post a link to a cool website by Andrew Lipson….