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If:

• a2 – bc = 5
• b2 – ac = 7
• c2 – ab = 9

Then what are a, b, and c?

"Anonymous" .

Solution 1:

• a = -sqrt(1805/315) =~ -2.393775
• b = +(2/19)×sqrt(1805/315) =~ 0.251976
• c = +(23/19)×sqrt(1805/315) =~ 2.897728

Solution 2:

• a = +sqrt(1805/315) =~ +2.393775
• b = -(2/19)×sqrt(1805/315) =~ -0.251976
• c = -(23/19)×sqrt(1805/315) =~ -2.897728

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What is the expected number of spins in roulette to see five reds or five blacks in a row?

"Anonymous" .

The answer is 3872789/118098 =~ 32.79301089 spins.

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Upon opening a Facebook account, the following are the average number of ads for fake stamps received by number of days since opening the account:

• 4 ads within one day.
• 16 ads within two days.
• 36 ads within three days.

What is the expected number of hours until the first ad for fake stamps appears?

"Anonymous" .

The answer is sqrt(π)/4 days =~ 10 hours, 38 minutes, 5 seconds.

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