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(Topic ID: 273731)

Pinball puzzler


By Nokoro

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    More of a geometry question, but does anyone want to take a crack at it?

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/are-you-a-pinball-wizard/

    #2 3 months ago

    I don't get it. No relation to actual pinball. The circle has an inch radius but the "pinball" is depicted as much,much smaller, so it's not an actual size one, and its radius is not defined. So are we to treat it as a point, I guess?

    Anyway, I have a SWAG that the answer is pi/4, but I'm too busy to figure out how many bounces would result.

    #3 3 months ago

    It's a trick question.
    We can't answer without knowing if there is any planking, dimpling, or pooling. Also need to know what kind of wax was used and when.

    #4 3 months ago

    42

    #5 3 months ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    Anyway, I have a SWAG that the answer is pi/4, but I'm too busy to figure out how many bounces would result.

    how many, no friction only geometry is factored in
    Infinity?

    #6 3 months ago
    Quoted from DanQverymuch:

    I don't get it. No relation to actual pinball. The circle has an inch radius but the "pinball" is depicted as much,much smaller, so it's not an actual size one, and its radius is not defined. So are we to treat it as a point, I guess?
    Anyway, I have a SWAG that the answer is pi/4, but I'm too busy to figure out how many bounces would result.

    Yeah, I don’t know why they say it is related to pinball. Probably just a hook, but I figured I would share anyway.

    I think you’re supposed to treat the ball as a point, but I’m not sure it matters since only a specific point will hit anyway. Does the diameter of the ball actually matter?

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