Informational Site NetworkInformational Site Network
Privacy
 
Home Top Rated Puzzles Most Viewed Puzzles All Puzzle Questions Random Puzzle Question Search


PAPA'S PUZZLE.





(Patchwork Puzzles)
Here is a puzzle by Pappus, who lived at Alexandria about the end of the
third century. It is the fifth proposition in the eighth book of his
_Mathematical Collections_. I give it in the form that I presented it
some years ago under the title "Papa's Puzzle," just to see how many
readers would discover that it was by Pappus himself. "The little maid's
papa has taken two different-sized rectangular pieces of cardboard, and
has clipped off a triangular piece from one of them, so that when it is
suspended by a thread from the point A it hangs with the long side
perfectly horizontal, as shown in the illustration. He has perplexed the
child by asking her to find the point A on the other card, so as to
produce a similar result when cut and suspended by a thread." Of course,
the point must not be found by trial clippings. A curious and pretty
point is involved in this setting of the puzzle. Can the reader discover
it?


Read Answer





Next: A KITE-FLYING PUZZLE.

Previous: THE EIGHT STICKS.



Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
ADD TO EBOOK




Random Questions

Wine And Water.
Measuring, Weight, and Packing Puzzles.
The Great Dispute Between The Friar And The Sompnour
CANTERBURY PUZZLES
Giving Change.
Money Puzzles
The Southern Cross.
Chessboard Problems
Domestic Economy.
Money Puzzles
A Puzzle With Pawns.
Chessboard Problems
The Gardener And The Cook.
Unclassified Problems.
The Chalked Numbers
THE SQUIRE'S CHRISTMAS PUZZLE PARTY
Catching The Thief.
Money Puzzles
The Puzzle Of The Squire's Yeoman
CANTERBURY PUZZLES
The Knight-guards.
The Guarded Chessboard
The Crescent And The Cross
PUZZLING TIMES AT SOLVAMHALL CASTLE
The Family Ages.
Money Puzzles
The Adventurous Snail
MISCELLANEOUS PUZZLES
The Languishing Maiden.
The Guarded Chessboard