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This is no ordinary math problem. It is an interactive one that is being built in real time. There is a phenomenon called “networked intelligence” where one person cannot process all the information, but a web full of smart minds can.

I started this project about 7 years ago and have added to it ever since. This time the most recent updates have been for a class assignment from the University of Phoenix Online. My “implementation plan” was to create a new math problem and distribute (market) it and implement it.

This is a real project. If I would have chosen a virtual organization (which is just an imaginary business with facts supporting it that is used in assignments) it would not have been as interesting.

One you tube there is an 11 year old boy who is a mathematical genius. He was being evaluated and was asks how many coins would be tails if you start with heads and turn every second on over; then turn every 3rd, every 6th and so forth. The problem would have to be drawn out by anyone else trying to figure it out. But what I see is that this is a form of cryptography. If you had a credit card whose numbers changed mathematically in a pattern that would be hard to follow such as the coin flipping problem, the card would have better security against hackers. So at one time the number is added to by flipping every second number; then every 4th; every 13th; etc. If the number is constantly changing it could be determined when the credit card number was stolen, because the number would indicate the time.

This math problem has been viewed over 20,000+ times since either 2006 or 2007. The idea started out as a logarithmic spiral explaining a pattern in Prime numbers. Now it is showing how to go about actually solving the problem. The fact is the problem may be impossible, but the work itself is impossible. It is math research. Math research is something only professors are supposed to do. But what Constructors Corner was built for was to share ideas and prove that anyone can design or solve problems. So when a math guru thinks that you need to be a genius to solve problems and that we may have solved nothing, be aware that the process of solving is just as important as the solution.

The 11 year old math genius mentioned earlier could solve any problem. But the video showed where he had trouble explaining the problem. On Constructors Corner, Trurl also has trouble explaining the method of the solution. It comes out looking like a new kind of math. But be assured it is college algebra combined with geometry. The idea is simple. The explanation is cumbersome.      5:42 is the time.