MIPT e-library captcha solution

January 27, 2008

Following a discussion in Reasonable Deviations, I spend some three hours solving a (quoting) “little school-level problem” posed in a weird Russian CAPTCHA system. Not that it is extra-difficult, but some people may find it interesting to see the solution of its generalized formulation, so here it is.

Problem: we have an electric circuit as depicted in the following figure:


The task is to find the altogether resistance from A to B.

The answer is (numerator and denominator split by “-”):

, where:

x = n3*n2-n1*n4
y = (n1+n2)*(n3+n4)+(n1+n2+n3+n4)*n5

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