03-20-2018, 10:06 PM

You are a generous employer. You pay one of your employee with one gold bar each week.

The point is that you pay him with 1/7 of the gold bar each day of the week.

The gold bar is a prism with trapezoid base or, simplified, with a rectangular base. What is the minimum amount of cuts that one need to do to be able to pay the employee?

A guy in the MathJam meeting today was able to find a really "out of the box" but valid solution (in payments terms, with the employee cooperation) with only 2 cuts. Really neat.

Also this problem for me could be linked to the egyptian fraction problems.

The point is that you pay him with 1/7 of the gold bar each day of the week.

The gold bar is a prism with trapezoid base or, simplified, with a rectangular base. What is the minimum amount of cuts that one need to do to be able to pay the employee?

A guy in the MathJam meeting today was able to find a really "out of the box" but valid solution (in payments terms, with the employee cooperation) with only 2 cuts. Really neat.

Also this problem for me could be linked to the egyptian fraction problems.