Miscellaneous Mathematical Minutia: Part I – A Dice Puzzle

A Dice Puzzle
Problem: Set six dice in the six circles above, using each side, from one to six, only once, so that the total number of pips of each of three three dice, contained in each the circles making up the sides triangular pattern, is the same.
(For two Solutions turn on to Page 3)

© B. W. Reed

January 9th, 2009

Miscellaneous Mathematical Minutia: Part I – A Dice Puzzle

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© B. W. Reed

January 9th, 2009

Miscellaneous Mathematical Minutia: Part I – A Dice Puzzle

Two Solutions:

Notes: The two solutions to the puzzle given above are a 2×4 magic rectangle, slightly camouflaged, discovered because of my long time – since the Fourth Grade – fascination with Magic Squares. The dice are colored differently, red white to aid in the visualization of a pattern in the number of pips – the even and odd numbers are each on the vertices of an equilateral triangle for both solutions. (The Pythagoreans, with there fascination with even and odd numbers and their interest geometric arrangements of numbers, might have been intrigued by this problem.) In fact both solutions are essentially the same because one solution implies the other; If the dice in the first solution are flipped, so that the faces that are down are up, the result is a solution that is not essentially different from the second solution. These two solutions are the only essentially different solutions.

© B. W. Reed

January 9th, 2009

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