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February 2004

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Ponder This Challenge:

This month's puzzle is from Denis Boris.

Let ABC be a primitive right triangle with integer sides and integer area. ("Primitive" means that the sides are relatively prime.)

Let DEF be an isosceles triangle with integer sides.

Suppose ABC and DEF have the same perimeter, and the same area.

Part 1
Find the lengths of the sides of ABC and of DEF.

Part 2
Prove your solution is unique.
(We do not know the solution to Part 2.)


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Challenge: 02/06/2004 @ 1:30 PM ET
Solution: 03/01/2004 @ 9:30 AM ET
List Updated: 03/02/2004 @ 11:19 AM ET

People who answered correctly:

Part 1 & 2:
Dan Dima (2.12.2004 @07:07:05 AM EDT)
Michael Stoll (2.27.2004 @04:25:23 PM EDT)

Part 1:
Tomas G Rokicki (2.6.2004 @2:24:04 PM EDT)
Brian Bitto (2.6.2004 @3:36:53 PM EDT)
Georgios Papoutsis (2.6.2004 @3:50:16 PM EDT)
Mikhail Sogrin (2.6.2004 @4:15:39 PM EDT)
Michael Swart (2.6.2004 @4:22:57 PM EDT)
Derek Kisman (2.6.2004 @5:42:29 PM EDT)
Gyozo Nagy (2.6.2004 @6:02:27 PM EDT)
Aleksey Pinkin (2.6.2004 @7:33:18 PM EDT)
Cai Zheming (2.6.2004 @7:41:16 PM EDT)
Bertram Felgenhauer (2.6.2004 @7:55:23 PM EDT)
Daniel Wood (2.6.2004 @9:16:29 PM EDT)
Michael McMullen (2.7.2004 @3:19:03 AM EDT)
Piotr Zielinski (2.7.2004 @5:24:15 PM EDT)
Joseph R Chadwick (2.7.2004 @10:54:29 PM EDT)
Michael Brand (2.8.2004 @8:35:00 AM EDT)
Guler Amos (2.8.2004 @5:16:00 PM EDT)
Patrick J LoPresti (2.8.2004 @8:45:51 PM EDT)
John G Fletcher (2.9.2004 @12:44:45 AM EDT)
Subramanian C A (2.9.2004 @3:48:15 AM EDT)
Don Dodson (2.9.2004 @3:37:53 PM EDT)
Kennedy (2.10.2004 @1:00:25 AM EDT)
Eugene Vasilchenko (2.10.2004 @1:19:57 AM EDT)
Pavel Ustinov (2.10.2004 @4:25:54 AM EDT)
Joseph DiVincentis (2.10.2004 @7:46:40 AM EDT)
Klaus Hoffman (2.10.2004 @9:06:13 AM EDT)
Vladimir Sedach (2.10.2004 @4:43:00 PM EDT)
Steven Schveighoffer (2.10.2004 @5:32:49 PM EDT)
Victor Chang (2.11.2004 @2:07:30 AM EDT)
George Ross (2.11.2004 @10:03:17 AM EDT)
Prakash Chandra (2.11.2004 @5:57:25 PM EDT)
Joe Fendel (2.12.2004 @7:49:07 PM EDT)
John Ritson (2.12.2004 @9:14:09 PM EDT)
Nikolay Archak (2.13.2004 @2:05:51 AM EDT)
Paul Cleary (2.13.2004 @8:17:22 AM EDT)
Fred Bone (2.13.2004 @9:41:03 AM EDT)
Ervan Darnell (2.13.2004 @10:14:13 PM EDT)
Grzegorz Lukasik (2.14.2004 @7:36:37 AM EDT)
Clive Tong (2.14.2004 @12:55:00 PM EDT)
Bob Webster (2.14.2004 @5:46:50 PM EDT)
Daniel Chong Jyh Tar (2.15.2004 @10:31:26 AM EDT)
Pritibhushan Sinha (2.15.2004 @10:58:23 AM EDT)
Renaud Bauvin (2.15.2004 @11:02:46 AM EDT)
Sean Henderson (2.15.2004 @3:54:34 PM EDT)
Lukasz Bolikowski (2.15.2004 @9:34:41 PM EDT)
Lakshmi Giridharan (2.15.2004 @11:05:58 PM EDT)
Patrick Coleman (2.16.2004 @3:48:41 AM EDT)
Manish Kumar Singh (2.16.2004 @7:32:21 AM EDT)
David Llorens (2.16.2004 @2:55:00 PM EDT)
R Nandakumar (2.16.2004 @11:17:54 PM EDT)
Chuck Grant (2.16.2004 @11:55:47 PM EDT)
Sorin Ostafiev (2.17.2004 @2:45:24 AM EDT)
Francis Golding (2.17.2004 @4:15:52 AM EDT)
Chris Howe (2.18.2004 @7:42:01 AM EDT)
Raj Mohan N (2.19.2004 @4:24:57 AM EDT)
David Friedman (2.19.2004 @10:32:39 AM EDT)
Michael Brand (2.19.2004 @1:25:49 PM EDT)
Micha Anholt (2.19.2004 @4:34:41 PM EDT)
Senthil Vel Gunasekaran (2.20.2004 @4:52:42 AM EDT)
Boghirnea Radu (2.20.2004 @6:14:18 AM EDT)
Mihaela Toarta (2.20.2004 @7:13:03 AM EDT)
Bob Stewart (2.20.2004 @1:49:14 PM EDT)
Vishal Goel (2.21.2004 @10:13:23 AM EDT)
Jon Wharf (2.21.2004 @4:18:13 PM EDT)
Tim Paulden (2.22.2004 @12:19:30 PM EDT)
Rob Harley (2.22.2004 @4:54:45 PM EDT)
Vladimir Baltic (2.23.2004 @12:54:37 PM EDT)
Philippe Fondanaiche (2.23.2004 @1:05:09 PM EDT)
Mark Stubbings (2.24.2004 @2:13:41 AM EDT)
Jack Rouse (2.24.2004 @8:19:41 AM EDT)
Greg Green (2.24.2004 @12:49:47 PM EDT)
Alan O'Donnell (2.24.2004 @3:59:15 PM EDT)
John Lister (2.24.2004 @10:31:26 PM EDT)
Kuzub Valentin (2.25.2004 @1:34:43 AM EDT)
Hongli Xu (2.25.2004 @5:06:49 AM EDT)
Peter Huggins (2.25.2004 @12:11:17 PM EDT)
Mihaela Toarta (2.20.2004 @7:13:03 AM EDT)
IQSTAR (2.26.2004 @12:20:00 PM EDT)
Patrick Hohmeyer (2.26.2004 @9:10:07 PM EDT)
Divyesh Dixit (2.27.2004 @12:18:26 AM EDT)
Kumar (2.27.2004 @6:11:00 AM EDT)
Alex Wagner (2.27.2004 @3:33:58 PM EDT)
Manoj K Thoniyil (2.27.2004 @4:01:35 PM EDT)
James Chapman (2.27.2004 @7:27:38 PM EDT)
Milana Milosevic (2.28.2004 @3:00:24 AM EDT)
Nathaniel R Dean (2.28.2004 @5:10:55 PM EDT)
Zhang Duo (2.28.2004 @11:50:22 PM EDT)
Paul Botham (2.29.2004 @4:47:36 PM EDT)


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