• Burning Ropes to Measure Time

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      Puzzle, bisectional functions, mathematical induction, proving impossibility, limits, approximations, fixed point, continued fraction.

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      Each rope burns from one end to the other in exactly onehour, but at an uneven rate. Which fractions of an hourare measureable by burning several ropes from one or bothends?

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      Jyotirmoy Sarkar1

      1. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
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