Given 12 real numbers d

_{1}, ... , d

_{12}on the interval (1, 12), show that there exist distinct indices i, j, k such that there is an acute triangle with side lengths d

_{i}, d

_{j}, d

_{k}.

I will post a hint as a comment in a few days.

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This is a neat problem from last year's Putnam Examination. It was published (with answer given) in the most recent MAA Monthly.

Given 12 real numbers d_{1}, ... , d_{12} on the interval (1, 12), show that there exist distinct indices i, j, k such that there is an acute triangle with side lengths d_{i}, d_{j}, d_{k}.

I will post a hint as a comment in a few days.

Given 12 real numbers d

I will post a hint as a comment in a few days.

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## 1 comment:

Hint:

First solve the problem: Given a, b, c, such that 0 < a <= b <= c find a simple necessary and sufficient condition such that there is an acute triangle with side lengths a, b, and c.

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