Posted on 29 Aug 2021 by Steve Markham
This past week we camped at Lake George for the annual Maughan/Crapo family reunion. We originally planned to stay for 8 days (out of 13) to be home in time for school. But between orthodontist appointments and forecasted thunderstorms, we came home after 6 days. It was great fun, as always.
Posted on 14 Aug 2021 by Steve Markham
On Thursday, Andy, Kyle, and I headed to the White Mountains to hike the Presidential Traverse. According to a library book Janet got me, it’s one of the top 50 hikes in the world (only a couple of which are in the contiguous 48 states). It was difficult hiking and the weather was very hot, so there were some adjustments made mid-trip, but boy was it beautiful!
Posted on 02 Aug 2021 by Steve Markham
Math with Straingers
On the train ride to Provo from Salt Lake City, Kyle struck up a conversation with a stranger about the YouTube videos of Magic he was watching. Once he found out how nerdy we are, he asked us a math puzzle that had stumped him for 6 months: Find a number where if you swap the first and last digit, you get twice the value.
My immediate intuition was “provably impossible” and after a minute of thought I said that out loud. Kyle had it proved within a few minutes. The strainger sent me a link to the original source, and it turns out he misremembered it. I hope the guy hadn’t been losing sleep for six months, because the real puzzle is hard, but doable: Find the smallest positive integer where if you move the last digit to the front, you get twice the value.
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