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# nine dots - invisible border around the dots The maximum...

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Math Nine Dots Puzzle The nine dots puzzle can not be solved without going outside the box. This is the case for several reasons, not the least of which being its validity as a textbook business school analogy being shot to pieces if one could solve it in the box. I came to the conclusion that it could not be solved after comprehensively checking many different ways of drawing lines. It comes down to the size of the puzzle itself. Nine dots, three by three, require five lines to connect, if the lines truly are straight and do not exit the
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Unformatted text preview: invisible border around the dots. The maximum one can connect in the first line is three, that leaves six dots in a three by two form. The maximum amount one can connect then is two because one has eliminated one line whether is be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. This leaves four dots in a pattern that requires three straight lines to connect. No matter what direction your first two lines take, you will always be left with one or two unconnected dots....
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## This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MATH 1911 taught by Professor Coughlin during the Fall '07 term at Temple.

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