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Geek Challenge Results: Fractal Snowflake

The winner of the Fractal Snowflake Geek Challenge is John Jacobsma of Dickson. Tim Jager of DMC also responded with a correct value of C, 10830. The Fractal Snowflake Challenge was a study in recursive programming. Recursive programming is a tech...


Fractal Snowflake Challenge:

The following snowflake is built using two recognizable fractal patterns: the Koch Snowflake and the Sierpinski Triangle. The final design is generated by a computer program and is comprised completely of small blue triangles. How many small blue tri...


Geek Challenge Results: Crossing of the Chords

Thirteen people correctly answered the Crossing of the Chords Geek Challenge by selecting C: 70 intersections. In their explanations, two very distinct methods were demonstrated to arrive at the general equation for intersections as a function of per...


Nobel Committee Recognizes Inventors of Blue LED

I want to congratulate the Nobel Committee for recognizing the inventors of the Blue LED - a truly transformative technology. As an engineer working with machine vision systems I have been using LED lighting longer than most people. LEDs are great fo...


Crossing of the Chords

A number of points (N) are distributed along the circumference of a circle. Every point is connected to every other point by a chord. The points are spaced unevenly such that no more than two chords intersect at a common point inside the circle. &...


Geek Challenge Results: Define the Doodling Curve

Last month’s Geek Challenge was to find the limiting curve created by drawing lines on graph paper in a certain pattern.   The correct answer is C, and the values for the constants were 1, 2, and 1. These three people answered the qu...


Geek Challenge: Define the Doodling Curve

A graph-paper doodle connects each point on the x-axis with a consecutive point on the y-axis with a straight line. Within a defined boundary, the positions on the x-axis move away from the origin as the positions on the y-axis move toward the origin...


Geek Challenge Results: What's Your Angle Equilibrium?

Three people successfully solved the Equilibrium Angle Geek Challenge. They were Dan Freve of DMC, Brandon Williams of Yaskawa and Jeff Winegar of DMC. The correct answer is C: a ≈ 50 degrees The interpretation of this answer is that ...


Geek Challenge: "What's your angle Equilibrium?"

A uniform bar has identical frictionless wheels on each end. The distance between the axle centers is 1m. The bar is suspended by a rope attached to the lower axle and to a fixed point offset from the wall a distance that equals the wheel radius. The...


Geek Challenge Results: A Balancing Act

Several entrants correctly answered the Balancing Act Geek Challenge. The correct answer is B, the scale tips to the right.   Correct answers were received from Tim Jager of DMC, Devon Fritz of DMC, Brandon Williams of Yaskawa, Ian Schle...


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