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# Ponder This

## August 2011

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Ponder This Challenge:

A mathematician wanted to teach his children the value of cooperation, so he told them the following:

"I chose a secret triangle for which the lengths of its sides are all integers.

To you my dear son Charlie, I am giving the triangle's perimeter. And to you, my beloved daughter Ariella, I am giving its area.

Since you are both such talented mathematicians, I'm sure that together you can find the lengths of the triangle's sides."

Instead of working together, Charlie and Ariella had the following conversation after their father gave each of them the information he promised.

Charlie: "Alas, I cannot deduce the lengths of the sides from my knowledge of the perimeter."

Ariella: "I do not know the perimeter, but I cannot deduce the lengths of the sides from just knowing the area. Maybe our father is right and we should cooperate after all."

Charlie: "Oh no, no need. Now I know the lengths of the sides."

Ariella: "Well, now I know them as well."

For this month's challenge, find the lengths of the triangle's sides and explain the dialogue above.

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Challenge: 07/29/2011 @ 10:00 AM EST
Solution: 07/29/2011 @ 10:00 AM EST
List Updated: 07/29/2011 @ 10:00 AM EST

Lukasz Bolikowski (07/30/2011 12:47 PM EDT)
Vladimir Sedach (07/30/2011 02:29 PM EDT)
Mark Mixer (07/30/2011 10:24 PM EDT)
Hakan Summakoglu (07/31/2011 08:07 AM EDT)
Qinsheng Lai (07/31/2011 10:23 PM EDT)
William Heller (07/31/2011 10:44 PM EDT)
Lewei Weng (08/01/2011 08:47 AM EDT)
Andrew D Kidd (08/01/2011 01:48 PM EDT)
Lael & Adam Daire (08/01/2011 02:26 PM EDT)
Kurt Hectic (08/01/2011 03:37 PM EDT)
Joseph DeVincentis (08/01/2011 04:19 PM EDT)
Ryan Manuel (08/01/2011 04:27 PM EDT)
Jan Fricke (08/01/2011 05:07 PM EDT)
Joe Fendel (08/01/2011 08:33 PM EDT)
Alan Murray (08/02/2011 12:37 AM EDT)
Liubing Yu (08/02/2011 01:57 AM EDT)
Michael Brand (08/02/2011 03:24 AM EDT)
Mathias Schenker (08/02/2011 04:16 AM EDT)
Blatter Christian (08/02/2011 08:28 AM EDT)
Gideon Kojokaro (08/02/2011 10:19 AM EDT)
Edward Kim (08/02/2011 01:30 PM EDT)
Christopher Marks (08/02/2011 02:04 PM EDT)
Shilei Zang (08/02/2011 03:48 PM EDT)
Donald T Dodson (08/02/2011 03:55 PM EDT)
Christian Matt (08/02/2011 08:39 PM EDT)
Leif Jensen (08/02/2011 10:50 PM EDT)
Lu Wang (08/03/2011 03:41 AM EDT)
Jan Braunisch (08/03/2011 05:19 AM EDT)
Puvichakravarthy Ramachandran (08/03/2011 05:58 AM EDT)
Jane Qian (08/03/2011 08:07 AM EDT)
Dan Dima (08/03/2011 07:48 AM EDT)
Danny Han (08/03/2011 06:52 PM EDT)
Ian Smith (08/04/2011 01:41 AM EDT)
Nate Lokers (08/04/2011 03:05 AM EDT)
Frederik Kaster (08/04/2011 04:41 AM EDT)
Wu ChengYuan (08/04/2011 02:12 PM EDT)
Lukáš Polácek (08/04/2011 05:01 PM EDT)
Jeff Spirko (08/04/2011 05:15 PM EDT)
Viktor (08/04/2011 07:47 PM EDT)
Radu Borza (08/04/2011 11:18 PM EDT)
Grzegorz Materna (08/05/2011 08:20 AM EDT)
Bethany Emerson (08/05/2011 03:42 PM EDT)
Albert Stadler (08/06/2011 06:35 PM EDT)
Jeff Steele (08/06/2011 08:17 PM EDT)
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Shyam M (08/07/2011 02:27 PM EDT)
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Fletcher Dostie (08/08/2011 04:05 PM EDT)
Thomas Rohr (08/09/2011 12:37 PM EDT)
Athena Health Problem Solving Group (08/09/2011 02:25 PM EDT)
Matt Dobrin (08/09/2011 05:16 PM EDT)
Clive Tong (08/09/2011 07:16 PM EDT)
Prithu Tiwari (08/10/2011 09:28 AM EDT)
Aditya Kamat (08/10/2011 10:14 AM EDT)
Balazs Ugron (08/10/2011 07:46 PM EDT)
John Tromp (08/11/2011 11:58 AM EDT)
Giovanni E.Pazienza (08/11/2011 07:11 PM EDT)
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Gal Dor (08/14/2011 11:50 PM EDT)
Ganesh Lakshminarayana (08/15/2011 06:39 PM EDT)
Werner Gillijns (08/15/2011 06:21 PM EDT)
Pritibhushan Sinha (08/16/2011 01:11 AM EDT)
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Thomas Mack (08/20/2011 07:58 PM EDT)
Peter Gerritson (08/21/2011 02:16 AM EDT)
Traian Delca
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John P. Robertson (08/23/2011 12:06 AM EDT)
Fabio Filatrella & Marco Quargentan (08/23/2011 11:24 AM EDT)
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J. Noble Pendergrass (08/24/2011 02:32 PM EDT)
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Chris Shannon (08/26/2011 04:00 PM EDT)
Georg Winkler (08/26/2011 06:07 AM EDT)
Máté Bartalos (08/27/2011 10:39 AM EDT)
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Maris Van Sprang (08/28/2011 04:37 PM EDT)
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Ilya Khivrich (08/31/2011 08:13 PM EDT)
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