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A bit of geometry is what’s challenging the team this week.

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Back from a foreign trip, the coach reports an interesting pricing policy at a certain country’s post office. A package is charged according to the total of length + width + height of the package, where the three dimensions are whole numbers. The coach had considered a box with integers for each of the dimensions but found by changing each dimension by no more than one unit, the sum could be reduced while retaining the same volume.

If the volume of the coach’s package was between 300 and 400, what were the dimensions of the package? ### Pool Party

The coach has invited the team to a pool party at his house. The pool is circular and the largest possible for the coach’s yard. It just touches the corner of a 2 foot by 9 foot walkway nestled in the lower left corner of the yard as shown.

How big is the coach’s yard?

## Solutions to week 145

In Find m and n, m = ± 59 and n = 6. In Escape Room, there are seven people in the larger group and the ratio of the two possible total charges is two.

Find m and n answer explained:
Rewrite the equation as 615 = 4n – m2. Then 615 = 3 × 5 × 41 = (2n – m) × (2n + m). Note that the sum of the two factors of 615 must be 2n+1 and the only factors giving this are 5 and 123. This produces m = ±59 and n = 6 as the only answers.