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 Can you cut a cake fairly to solve this middle school math problem? Whateverist Keeper of the hounds & garden Religious Views: Meh .. people can believe whatever they've been trained to. Posts: 18308 Threads: 249 Joined: 25th June 2011 Reputation: 125 Can you cut a cake fairly to solve this middle school math problem? 14th August 2016, 08:31 (This post was last modified: 14th August 2016, 09:01 by Whateverist.) When Poca, Alex, Rob and Whatshisname came for a visit, Losty baked a cake.  It was a square cake which she frosted on the sides and on top with yummy cream cheese frosting.  "I want a big piece of cake" said Poca.  "Just make sure my piece has a maximally quantum-big portion of frosting" said Alex.  "Be fair!" exclaimed Rob.  "Whatever" said Whatshisname. How can Losty cut the cake so as to give all five of them the largest piece possible with each containing an equal share of both cake and frosting?  Oh, and to keep it interesting, lets do it with the fewest possible straight cuts with a knife (so no, you can't dump it all in a blender and measure out equal shares of sludge).  Surprisingly (hint, hint) the dimensions of the cake are irrelevant but if you really, really want to know, the size of the actual cake is given below. The cake was 20 cm on each of its four sides and 5 cm tall.  Good luck .. and be fair! *Edited to clear up the fact that the entire cake is to be used up making these five equal servings.  Thank you:  (16th February 2017, 18:16)TheOther JoeFish Wrote: So what you're saying is that I can harass all of the members I want for the next 168 hours, as long as I do so in my signature? vorlon13 Moderator Religious Views: agnostic 12 stepper Posts: 20877 Threads: 153 Joined: 18th April 2014 Reputation: 66 RE: Can you cut a cake fairly to solve this middle school math problem? 14th August 2016, 08:40 Why can't Losty make 5 cakes ?? She lazy or sumthin' ?? OH, GOD, I'M GONNA HAVE DIARHEA AGAIN!  URHGGGH!  YOU CAN'T GO TO THE BATHROOM, YOU'RE STACKING SUNDOR ARMOR!  IT'S OK. MOM! BATHROOM! WHAT HON? BATHROOM!  BATHROOM! BLPHPHPHPHTRPPPPPPPPT OHH THAT'S A BIG BOY, ISN'T IT? vorlon13 Moderator Religious Views: agnostic 12 stepper Posts: 20877 Threads: 153 Joined: 18th April 2014 Reputation: 66 RE: Can you cut a cake fairly to solve this middle school math problem? 14th August 2016, 08:40 OH, GOD, I'M GONNA HAVE DIARHEA AGAIN!  URHGGGH!  YOU CAN'T GO TO THE BATHROOM, YOU'RE STACKING SUNDOR ARMOR!  IT'S OK. MOM! BATHROOM! WHAT HON? BATHROOM!  BATHROOM! BLPHPHPHPHTRPPPPPPPPT OHH THAT'S A BIG BOY, ISN'T IT? Whateverist Keeper of the hounds & garden Religious Views: Meh .. people can believe whatever they've been trained to. Posts: 18308 Threads: 249 Joined: 25th June 2011 Reputation: 125 RE: Can you cut a cake fairly to solve this middle school math problem? 14th August 2016, 08:42 (14th August 2016, 08:40)vorlon13 Wrote: Why can't Losty make 5 cakes ?? She lazy or sumthin' ?? To be fair, she is still in there making our sammiches.  So I'm cutting her a little slack. (16th February 2017, 18:16)TheOther JoeFish Wrote: So what you're saying is that I can harass all of the members I want for the next 168 hours, as long as I do so in my signature? Anomalocaris Elite obnubilator Religious Views: None Posts: 10652 Threads: 36 Joined: 24th September 2010 Reputation: 69 RE: Can you cut a cake fairly to solve this middle school math problem? 14th August 2016, 08:48 Is there a requirement that all of the cake has to make it into the 5 portions? vorlon13 Moderator Religious Views: agnostic 12 stepper Posts: 20877 Threads: 153 Joined: 18th April 2014 Reputation: 66 RE: Can you cut a cake fairly to solve this middle school math problem? 14th August 2016, 08:49 BTW, Losty isn't really dressed for kitchen success either . . . . OH, GOD, I'M GONNA HAVE DIARHEA AGAIN!  URHGGGH!  YOU CAN'T GO TO THE BATHROOM, YOU'RE STACKING SUNDOR ARMOR!  IT'S OK. MOM! BATHROOM! WHAT HON? BATHROOM!  BATHROOM! BLPHPHPHPHTRPPPPPPPPT OHH THAT'S A BIG BOY, ISN'T IT? Whateverist Keeper of the hounds & garden Religious Views: Meh .. people can believe whatever they've been trained to. Posts: 18308 Threads: 249 Joined: 25th June 2011 Reputation: 125 RE: Can you cut a cake fairly to solve this middle school math problem? 14th August 2016, 08:50 (14th August 2016, 08:48)Anomalocaris Wrote: Is there a requirement that all of the cake has to make it into the 5 portions? Yes indeed!  Thanks for clearing that up! (16th February 2017, 18:16)TheOther JoeFish Wrote: So what you're saying is that I can harass all of the members I want for the next 168 hours, as long as I do so in my signature? Whateverist Keeper of the hounds & garden Religious Views: Meh .. people can believe whatever they've been trained to. Posts: 18308 Threads: 249 Joined: 25th June 2011 Reputation: 125 RE: Can you cut a cake fairly to solve this middle school math problem? 14th August 2016, 08:56 (This post was last modified: 14th August 2016, 08:56 by Whateverist.) True story.: My stepson introduced me to this problem when his teacher gave it to them at the start of class. She'd just come back from a conference where she'd worked on it for a while without finishing it. He saw the answer right away and told it to her after class. Her reaction was it couldn't be that simple but then she realized he was right. (16th February 2017, 18:16)TheOther JoeFish Wrote: So what you're saying is that I can harass all of the members I want for the next 168 hours, as long as I do so in my signature? Excited Penguin Retired Soap Salesman Religious Views: Equanimity Posts: 9479 Threads: 116 Joined: 5th July 2015 Reputation: 23 RE: Can you cut a cake fairly to solve this middle school math problem? 14th August 2016, 08:59 Anomalocaris Elite obnubilator Religious Views: None Posts: 10652 Threads: 36 Joined: 24th September 2010 Reputation: 69 RE: Can you cut a cake fairly to solve this middle school math problem? 14th August 2016, 09:01 Does it involve shaving off frosting and portioning the cake and frosting separately? « Next Oldest | Next Newest »

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