Puzzle for December 2005.
This month's puzzle is about barring polyominoes from an infinite checkerboard by blocking some of the squares of the checkerboard. For a fixed polyomino, P, we want to prevent P from being placed on the checkerboard by blocking as small a fraction of the squares of the checkerboard as possible. Let f(P) be this minimal fraction. We always assume P is placed so that the squares of P coincide with the squares of the checkerboard. However P can be reflected or rotated. For example let
P = OO
Then f(P)=1/2. For there are numerous ways of barring P from the infinite checkerboard by blocking half the squares (consider blocking all the squares of one color or every other row or every other column etc). But on the other hand barring P from a 2x2 square requires blocking 2 squares. So f(P) must equal 1/2. Now let
P = OOO
(the V pentomino). This month's puzzle is to find f(P). We do not ask for a proof just for the value and an example of a blocking configuration of that density.
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12/01/2005 @ 09:00 AM EST
Solution: 01/03/2006 @ 09:00 AM EST
List Updated: 01/03/2006 @ 09:00 AM EST
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John Hart (12.01.2005 @10:27:11 AM EDT)
Eugene Vasilchenko (12.01.2005 @04:27:05 PM EDT)
Jason Howald (12.03.2005 @09:37:35 PM EDT)
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Victor Chang (12.08.2005 @03:35:48 AM EDT)
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Phil Muhm (12.15.2005 @05:59:41 PM EDT)
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Dan Dima (12.20.2005 @08:02:40 AM EDT)
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