Volume 12
, Issue 2


Problem 297 in the last issue of Parabola is an example of a very popular type of mathematical puzzle in which you are asked to measure a certain quantity of liquid using only a set of jugs.

Most people who are interested in mathematics are aware that the topic of recurring decimals has been, for a long time, a happy hunting ground for mathematical oddities.

Everyone sees the stars, the sky, the universe from a different standpoint.

Other readers of Parabola might be interested in the following mathematical trick:

Solitaire is a game for one person. It is played with pegs or marbles on a board with holes in it, in the following pattern:

Alan owes Bruce 45c, and Charles owes Alan 25c. Alan has only a \$1 note, Bruce has only a 5c coin, and Charles has only a 50c coin and four 10c coins.

For almost the last five years, Parabola has reviewed books on mathematical topics.

Q.309 In a family with 6 children, the five elder children are respectively 2,6,8, 12 and 14 years older than the youngest.

Q.297 A man has 3 bottles which hold exactly 8 litres, 5 litres, and 3 litres.