A shoelace is lying on the floor, and I’m too nearsighted to see how the lace crosses itself at points A, B, and C. If I pull on the ends, what’s the probability that it will produce a knot?
One in four. There are three intersections, so there are eight possible ways the lace can cross itself. Of these, only two (over/under/over and under/over/under) will produce a knot.
July 10, 2012 | Puzzles
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