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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Algorithms Problem Set 6 CS 482 Spring 2006 Due: Friday, March 17 Please hand in each problem on separate sheets with your name and netID on each. If a problem requires multiple sheets, please staple the sheets for that problem together Reading: Chapters 7.8 - 7.12. Question 1 Youve been hired as a consultant to decide whether a newly proposed start-up might actually be able to turn a profit. This ambitious company, which is calling itself Zero Gravity Research (nasdaq: ZGR), plans to build a space station on which experiments can be performed in a zero gravity (or at least a very low gravity) environment. The space station will contain bunch of research equipment and be operated by a team of intrepid scientists. Other companies and labs will then pay ZGR to do particular zero-g experiments for them. The company founders give the following motivation: There are presumably a good number of companies and labs out there that are interested in low gravity experiments, but most of them cant justify the immense cost of building a space station to do so. By building a single station that can be used by lots of companies, ZGR hopes to make it affordable to do this sort of research, and make a profit as well. Of course, most experiments require equipment, and so in addition to building the space station, ZGR needs to buy whatever equipment is needed for the jobs it gets paid to do. Equipment is reusable, but they still need to decide what is worth buying and what isnt....
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