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17-year-old Rutvik Oza Solves Unsolved Problem in Maths
Yahoo! ^ | 17/02/2013 | Pratap Singh

Posted on 02/17/2013 8:47:48 AM PST by Pratap Singh

An Indian teen has recently proposed a solution to an unsolved problem in mathematics. The 17-year-old young achiever, Rutvik Oza, a student of The H. B. Kapadia New High School, from Ahmedabad, Gujarat has now put a full stop to another open problem in the field of maths by providing a closed formula for the problem called Reve's Puzzle (also popularly known as the 4-peg Tower of Hanoi Problem).

When asked about how was he feeling, "Thrilled! I really didn't realize at first that the problem that I had solved was an open problem in mathematics. It was only later that I reckoned after doing some resourcing on the web, that it was an open problem," said Oza. Dedicating his achievement to his father, Mahesh Oza, "It's all due to my father. He sowed the seeds of mathematics in me from my childhood. I dedicate this to him." he says. "It almost took me a week's time to get to the formula. It involved data analysis and pattern recognition," said Rutvik Oza.

"Mathematics interests me a lot. May it be any area of it - arithmetic, algebra or geometry. I love them all. It strengthens the faculties of originality, creativity and novelty in one's brain. Memorizing it won't help. That's the way it's taught in our schools here. I criticize that method of teaching fervently. Hardly any real mathematics is taught at the schools. I do not consider the schools responsible for it but yes, the entire system is definitely at fault," he added. When asked for a message that he wished to give his fellow teenagers, he said, "Do what you love! Follow your dreams. Expect for no support from anybody and overcome all obstacles that hinder you. No other mantra."

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1 posted on 02/17/2013 8:47:54 AM PST by Pratap Singh
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To: Pratap Singh

Welcome to Free Republic.


2 posted on 02/17/2013 9:00:21 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: Pratap Singh
"Do what you love! Follow your dreams. Expect for no support from anybody and overcome all obstacles that hinder you. No other mantra."

Hurrah for Rutvik and his father! That's the spirit.

Take that, Obastard!

3 posted on 02/17/2013 9:00:54 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Pratap Singh

Hey US students, this is your competition. And you are losing, badly.


4 posted on 02/17/2013 9:02:20 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Pratap Singh

I thought the toughest open problem was how to prevent squirrels from getting to the bird feeder.

I am happy for the kid. Hopefully his talents will be used for more than figuring out how much milk to use in a latte.


5 posted on 02/17/2013 9:03:58 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Got a problem? Nothing a drone strike can't fix.)
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To: Pratap Singh

Thanks for posting. Will be passing this on.


6 posted on 02/17/2013 9:14:32 AM PST by colinhester
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To: Pratap Singh

Excellent. Well-spoken young man.


7 posted on 02/17/2013 9:16:14 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: dfwgator

Sadly he is part of the competition. It appears we have dumbed down our schools so much that teachers are told to teach down to the dumbest in the class.


8 posted on 02/17/2013 9:16:39 AM PST by Lumper20 (`)
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To: Lumper20

But they know everything about the life Martin Luther King (well, outside of the plagiarism, the extra-marital affairs, etc.)


9 posted on 02/17/2013 9:17:54 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Don’t worry, Obama wants to teach his Communism to your child in Head Start.


10 posted on 02/17/2013 9:19:40 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

and huge taxes spent on ‘education’ or union sponsored multiculturalism or self-esteem classes had nothing to do with this kids success.


11 posted on 02/17/2013 9:22:01 AM PST by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: Pratap Singh

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Hanoi


12 posted on 02/17/2013 9:22:27 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: dfwgator
Yup.

I had to cover the classes this week of a teacher who was out for surgery. The school is virtually all minority. On the first day, I drew cafeteria duty. One of the items on the menu was fresh oranges. I didn't see a single orange being eaten, but dozens of them were being thrown across the room as basketballs or at other students. Another teacher told me they tried to tell the cafeteria staff not to stock oranges, but the simple-minded cafeteria staff merely said, "We have to." Can't even think outside the box, those folks.

The work packets for the week of the absent teacher were on the teacher desk in the room. The "students" destroyed the pile by ripping them apart to make paper airplanes or basketballs, never mind being told not to do so. I decided to show a nature video which covered the same topics as the handout, but would not supply ammunition, the next day. One of the "students" came up to the DVD player, opened the drawer and ripped out the DVD (my own), pulled the connecting wires out and ripped the power cord out of the wall, all in a few seconds. Then he took off. This is why I wear running shoes to school, folks. I caught him and got my DVD back, while he got a suspension in return. Another teacher was taken out of the school on a stretcher. Seems she got in the trajectory of a punch aimed at another student. A girl got up and just walked out of class, without a word. Another girl told me, "She's off to feed her baby." What? Well, seems that there's a NURSERY for students' babies in the basement of this "school".

Another student pantomimed a gun with his hand at me, saying "Bang-bang". That brain dead thug is now out on a serious type of suspension.

With the Mayor handing over vast powers to the STUDENTS, they are running the show. Don't like a teacher? They can write a report about what the teacher did to them, consisting of 100% fiction, and it will be believed over the teacher. And they know it. This is how you arrive at a travesty of a high school such as described above. The only math problems they are trying to solve is how many things can they steal and how much their next dose of their drug of preference costs. Your tax dollars at work, folks.

13 posted on 02/17/2013 9:28:18 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: Lumper20

Indians have a long history of achievements.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjB_Tf7Cy3A&feature=related

India economy from 1000-2000

http://armstrongeconomics.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/worldeconomy.jpg


14 posted on 02/17/2013 9:31:00 AM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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To: EinNYC

My blood pressure went up reading that- are you working on Sainthood or something?


15 posted on 02/17/2013 9:34:09 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Pratap Singh

“Expect for no support from anybody...”

That is FOR SURE. As the parent of kids that are 6+ years ahead of their grade level, I can tell you that no one gives a damn (except for few immigrant friends that are able to understand the significance). The rest of the parents are MUCH MORE interested in making sure their boys can get on the football team, I guess so they can get some twat in high school (or earlier).


16 posted on 02/17/2013 9:34:55 AM PST by BobL
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To: Pratap Singh

The caste system does have its advantages.


17 posted on 02/17/2013 9:38:55 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: EinNYC
Hopefully some raghead terrorist will do us all a favor and nuke NYC and maybe DC too for good measure.

If I were you I would seriously consider moving myself and my loved ones out of that socialist hellhole to a place called the USA.

Just keep driving until you see the Stars and Bars and a John Deere distributorship and you will know that you have arrived.

18 posted on 02/17/2013 9:47:31 AM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: NativeSon

Oh, and I forgot to mention—that particular classroom had no windows in the doors, as is legally required. AND, there are absolutely NO security guards strolling that particular stretch of the hall. It’s a half-flight of stairs down from the main hall and security was NEVER EVER seen in that section. That’s why dozens of “students” were always hanging out there, even bouncing a basketball down the hall, with total impunity. Additionally, when I tried to call for assistance in the classroom after the DVD had been vandalized, NO ONE ANSWERED. I even heard one extension being hung up every time I called. I could have been grievously injured behind that closed door in that isolated hallway, and none be the wiser.


19 posted on 02/17/2013 9:50:03 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC

OMG where is this school? I don’t think they could pay me enough to put up with that. Reminds me of the movie “Dangerous Minds” but I think Michelle Pfeiffer must have played a fictitious character.


20 posted on 02/17/2013 10:04:16 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Pratap Singh

What are these “maths” I keep reading about?


21 posted on 02/17/2013 10:14:39 AM PST by smalltownslick
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Note this guy seems to have solved the “Four Peg” version:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Hanoi#With_four_pegs_and_beyond


22 posted on 02/17/2013 10:49:24 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: smalltownslick

Britspell for “math”.

Kind of like “p-e-t-r-o-l” for “gasoline”.


23 posted on 02/17/2013 10:55:08 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I can solve the Tower of Hanoi problem in one move. A B-52 airstrike.


24 posted on 02/17/2013 11:01:51 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Pratap Singh

Nice


25 posted on 02/17/2013 11:23:38 AM PST by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Hopefully his talents will be used for more than figuring out how much milk to use in a latte.

If he does end up working at a Starbucks, I would definitely go there. He'd likely mix my latte with the perfect milk to coffee proportion.

26 posted on 02/17/2013 11:50:33 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: huldah1776; Pratap Singh

The caste system (such as it is, which is variable) has nothing at all to do with this.

You have a hair bothering you?


27 posted on 02/17/2013 11:56:37 AM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: EinNYC

Unreal...

Seriously, Ein, your very life isn’t worth a paycheck. The kids in that ‘school’ have already gone full-blown feral, and will never respond to your efforts to assist them. Get out now, before one of them decides to hurt you for ‘dissing’ them.


28 posted on 02/17/2013 12:03:17 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Pratap Singh

-— Memorizing it won’t help. That’s the way it’s taught in our schools here. I criticize that method of teaching fervently. Hardly any real mathematics is taught at the schools. ——

Wise seventeen-year-old.


29 posted on 02/17/2013 12:21:20 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: EinNYC

Nothing simple minded about it (the oranges)... It is probably a federal requirement.


30 posted on 02/17/2013 12:24:13 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: EinNYC

From stories I’ve heard from other teachers, yours is a fairly good city school.

The kids would be better off running wild. At least some of them might work, at some point. Survival tends to focus the mind.

Sitting in a building doing nothing is about the worst thing you can do to a child.


31 posted on 02/17/2013 12:30:04 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: little jeremiah

Not at all, but genetics does play a part in it, yes?


32 posted on 02/17/2013 1:10:03 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

Genetics yes, but also training (how a person is raised in the family, cultural and educational influences and so on), and then the mystery of free will, all play a part.

Even in the Vedic texts, caste or more correctly, varna, was determined by type of work or action, quality and charater traits rather than merely birth. If a person was born in a brahman family but did not behave or act or have the natural characteristics and qualities of a brahman, he would be called a “brahma bandhu” which means “friend or relative of brahmans”. In fact there are historical references to people who were born in one caste or varna, but became another, due to their qualities and choices.

And imho from reading, various racies or ethnicities often have similar strengths and weaknesses (within their group), of course moderated by the free will thing, again.


33 posted on 02/17/2013 1:43:22 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: huldah1776

Think of genetics as being born with a certain amount of money in the bank.

Even vastly wealthy people squander and waste all their money, and people withlittle can use it wisely and gain more. Of course no one can (as far as they know, which isn’t very far) change genetic stuff, but even the brain can change with use and what people focus on.


34 posted on 02/17/2013 1:50:14 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

“brahma bandhu” - Hindi for “BINO”.


35 posted on 02/17/2013 2:39:32 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

You got it!

I don’t know Hindi, just picked up Sanskrit words, actually a fair bit, from reading. Of course Hindi is derived from Sanskrit.


36 posted on 02/17/2013 3:00:45 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Is your reply meant to be sarcastic? Or have you lost your mind? A “fairly good school”? It’s a cesspool peopled by savages who do not respond to normal human cues and lack even the most basic normal social inhibitions. “kids would be better off running wild”???? What the hell do you think they’re doing now? None of them will work, they figure Obummer’s gonna take care of their every need. The only reason they are “sitting in a building doing nothing” is because they refuse to do their assigned work. They have PLENTY to do, if they would do their work. Either take your meds, read other peoples’ posts more thoroughly, or just shut the hell up so you don’t embarrass yourself further.


37 posted on 02/17/2013 5:24:19 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Although the three-peg version has a simple recursive solution as outlined above, the optimal solution for the Tower of Hanoi problem with four pegs (called Reve's puzzle), let alone more pegs, is still an open problem. This is a good example of how a simple, solvable problem can be made dramatically more difficult by slightly loosening one of the problem constraints.

The fact that the problem with four or more pegs is an open problem does not imply that no algorithm exists for finding (all of) the optimal solutions.

38 posted on 02/17/2013 5:35:12 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: huldah1776

Yes genetics does play a part in your potential to achieve.
The first university in the world was established in India.
You can learn a lot about India’s inherited DNA in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjB_Tf7Cy3A&feature=related


39 posted on 02/17/2013 6:58:11 PM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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To: EinNYC
Is your reply meant to be sarcastic? Or have you lost your mind?

Talk to teachers at other city schools, and see how yours compares. Yours is probably above average.

40 posted on 02/17/2013 8:52:34 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

It’s going to be closed by next year. So I don’t think so.


41 posted on 02/18/2013 7:31:56 AM PST by EinNYC
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Note: this topic is from 2/17/2013. Thanks Pratap Singh.
Reve's Puzzle (also popularly known as the 4-peg Tower of Hanoi Problem).

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42 posted on 04/07/2013 11:37:12 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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