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Sub-sector covers for disks and balls

Define an open $k$-sector of a disk as the portion between two radii separated by an angle of $2\pi/k$, but open along the two radii (and closed along the circle boundary). Call a set a sub-$k$-sector ...
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Optimal stacking of split logs

Consider firewood logs as unit-radius cylinders of the same length. Each log is split into $k$ pieces by equiangular sectors meeting in the circle center: $k=2$ leads to semicircles, $180^\circ$; $k=3$...
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The smallest disk containing all cirular arcs

In a comment to my recent question about covering segments by a disk, Gerhard Paseman has suggested a generalisation: replacing the segments of the original $n$-gon by a simple closed (say, convex) ...
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The smallest disk containing all sides of an $n$-gon

Start with a regular $n$-gon of side 1 and consider its sides as open segments that can be moved around in the plane, allowing only translations. Two segments may not intersect. What is the ...
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Packing obtuse vectors in $\mathbb{R}^d$

I came across this attractive theorem: Theorem. In $\mathbb{R}^d$, there can be at most $d+1$ vectors that form an obtuse angle with one another. This was proved1 as a corollary of a lemma about ...
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How to pack 3D boxes into a bigger box?

Given a box of given size $L\times M\times N$ and a list of smaller boxes of given sizes $(l_i,m_i,n_i)$, decide whether the smaller boxes altogether fit into the big box (and produce such a packing ...
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Equitably distributed curve on a sphere

Let $\gamma=\gamma(L)$ be a simple (non-self-intersecting) closed curve of length $L$ on the unit-radius sphere $S$. So if $L=2\pi$, $\gamma$ could be a great circle. I am seeking the most equitably ...
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Randomly placing nonoverlapping unit cuboids

Suppose one places unit cuboids of dimension $d$ with min-corners uniformly distributed to lie in $[0,n]^d$, but with cuboid (strict) overlap forbidden. At some point, the region is "saturated," ...
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What measurable quantity can constrain the number of odors human can discriminate?

This is not a very typical MO question, but I hope you bear with me. It concerns a recent disagreement in the biology literature about how many different odors humans can discriminate. The authors of ...
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Is the kissing number in $n$ dimensions always divisible by $n$? And what is the base of exponential growth of the kissing number?

And why are the kissing numbers for 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8 dimensions all highly composite numbers?
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Translative packing constant strictly larger than lattice packing constant

Simply put, my question is this: what is the smallest dimension, if any, where we can know for sure that a convex body exists whose translative packing constant is strictly larger than its lattice ...
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Packing space by cones: Translates best?

Let $C$ be a right circular cone, the convex hull of a unit-radius disk and a point directly above the disk center at height $h$.                 Is the ...
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Triangle (constrained number, rather than shape) packing?

Are there any interesting results on optimal packings in the plane using a fixed number of triangles (without a fixed size or shape constraint)? For instance, what's the maximum area packing of the ...
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Characterizing the norms on $\mathbb{R}^3$ coming from Platonic solids

Recall that any sufficiently nice compact centrally symmetric convex body in $B \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ gives rise to a Banach norm on $\mathbb{R}^3$ which has $B$ as its unit ball. Is there a nice ...
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Combination of 2 × 1 × 1 cubes inside a 3 × 3 × n cube [closed]

You have a block with a width of 3, depth of 3 and a height n Given n, in how many ways can you fill this block with smaller blocks of 2 x 1 x 1? if n is uneven, one 1x1x1 block will be unused. This ...
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Cover of a n-simplex with balls

Consider a n-simplex. For each edge (i,j), consider a n-ball, such that vertices i and j are antipodal on this ball. Is the simplex covered by the union of these balls? Thank you.
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Rectangology and squareology

I thought that rectangles were simple, and squares even simpler. Until my research has led me to several questions about rectangles and squares, which I can't solve. I started by posting this ...
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2d bin packing problem, with opportunity to optimize the size of the bin

I have been tasked with optimizing a manufacturing process. It is a non-trivial, NP hard problem. The problem is similar to the 2d bin packing problem, but we are trying to optimize the size of the ...
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Mutually tangent ellipsoids in 3 space

I recently heard a claim that for any n, it is possible to arrange n ellipsoids in 3 space such that each pair of ellipsoids is kissing. Is this true, and if so, how? Edit: By kissing, I mean that I ...
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Disks Packing Variant

Usually disk packing problems require that no two disks of the packing intersect. Does anybody know if the problem has been studied when disks may intersect but they are not allowed to contain the ...
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Packing and isoperimetrics

Suppose a manufacturer bottles small units of liquid and ships them via very large trucks. If the transportation cost nothing, spherical bottles would minimize the packaging cost (isoperimetric ...
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What is the largest possible thirteenth kissing sphere?

It is well-known that it is impossible to arrange 13 spheres of unit radius all tangent to another unit sphere without their interiors intersecting. This was apparently the subject of disagreement ...
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Careless packing

The sequence $\frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{2\cdot 2}, \frac{1}{3\cdot 4}, \frac{1}{4\cdot 6}, \frac{1}{5\cdot 8}, \frac{1}{6\cdot 10},\ldots$ has a curious property, as follows: a) the series with these ...
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How many vertices/edges/faces at most for a convex polyhedron that tiles space?

I wonder if this problem has already been examined before: Consider a convex polyhedron that tiles $\mathbb R^3$. What is the maximum of vertices/edges/faces that such a polyhedron can have? ...
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Constant hole density on the area of a circle

I need to create about 100 (small) holes in a distributor plate (hole diam = 0.5 mm; plate diameter = 100 mm). The sm. holes should be distributed in such a way that the density (hole/area) is nearly ...
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Average degree of contact graph for balls in a box

Imagine you dump congruent, hard, frictionless balls in a box, letting gravity compress the balls into a stable configuration (I believe such configurations are called jammed.) Assume the box ...
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Torus in $\mathcal{R}^3$

Hi I'm interested in packing the 3 space as dense as possible using equally sized tori whose major radius is much bigger than their minor radius in. Do you have any idea how to attack this problem? ...
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Packing density of randomly deposited circles on a plane

Let's say that I have a rectangular two-dimensional surface of bounded dimensions, $[0,A]$ and $[0,B]$: Under "no overlap" constraints, I sequentially deposit circles of radii $r_c$ on this surface,...