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Monday, February 4, 2008

Circling a Chess Board

On a standard chess board with individual squares that measure two inches on each side, what is the largest circle that can be drawn so that the circumference lies only on black squares?


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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

2 inches diameter

Erik said...

It's possible to fit a circle larger than 2" on the board with the circumference completely on back squares.

Try again.

Anonymous said...

4 in. diameter

Anonymous said...

2√2 inches diameter

Bon said...

It's just over 6 inches in diameter. I can visualise it but I can't do the maths. Possibly 6.31416.

CT said...
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CT said...

Because of available chess board, so that the circumference lies only on black squares,
we can draw the largest circle which runs over 8 black squares, and covers 4 white and 1 black ones inside.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m285/sagisttarius/puzzle/chessboard-circum.jpg

The circumference lies only on black squares, i.e. it runs over adjoin-points among black and white squares.
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m285/sagisttarius/puzzle/chessboard-sol.jpg
Hence, its diameter should be:
2 * { square-root [square(3)+square(1)] } = 2*square-root(10) ~ 6.32455532 (inches)

Anonymous said...

how do you place 8 dots on the checker board so they don't line up horizantaly, vertical, or diagonal?

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