# Cambridge Chat (previously New Cambridge Students Entry 2004)

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crana9
If you mean, what is the maximum number of pieces of cake you can get with 4 cuts, I don't think it's possible to answer that unless you specify, for example, that every cut must be a straight line or restrictions like that. Is it meant to have an actual answer?

For example, you could do the first cut as cutting the cake (with one continuous cut) in a spiral shape, then use the other 3 cuts to trisect the whole cake. The number of pieces you'd get from this would depend on the size of cake and how close together you are able to cut successive "rounds"/whorls of the spiral.

oh.
crana9
If you mean, what is the maximum number of pieces of cake you can get with 4 cuts, I don't think it's possible to answer that unless you specify, for example, that every cut must be a straight line or restrictions like that. Is it meant to have an actual answer?

For example, you could do the first cut as cutting the cake (with one continuous cut) in a spiral shape, then use the other 3 cuts to trisect the whole cake. The number of pieces you'd get from this would depend on the size of cake and how close together you are able to cut successive "rounds"/whorls of the spiral.

so it depends on eccentricity as well?
Camford
MW was the interviewer. I said 11 pieces but it wasn't the right number.

how did you get that?
crana9
If you mean, what is the maximum number of pieces of cake you can get with 4 cuts, I don't think it's possible to answer that unless you specify, for example, that every cut must be a straight line or restrictions like that. Is it meant to have an actual answer?

For example, you could do the first cut as cutting the cake (with one continuous cut) in a spiral shape, then use the other 3 cuts to trisect the whole cake. The number of pieces you'd get from this would depend on the size of cake and how close together you are able to cut successive "rounds"/whorls of the spiral.

Look, I can't be arsed to memorise what was asked exactly. Could you be anymore padentic?!
I'm just saying that unless the question had restrictions on the type of cuts you could use, I don't think it's possible to answer it with a single number.
darkenergy
how did you get that?

From some teacher from a long time ago. he said 11 so I remembered 11 and 11 was incorrect.

It's more interesting if the interviewer asked people to cut a mellon... Thinking about it now is enough to make me dizzy.
crana9
I'm just saying that unless the question had restrictions on the type of cuts you could use, I don't think it's possible to answer it with a single number.

I thought it was interesting
Camford
From some teacher from a long time ago. he said 11 so I remembered 11 and 11 was incorrect.

It's more interesting if the interviewer asked people to cut a mellon... Thinking about it now is enough to make me dizzy.

yeah, i am just confused now.
crana9
I thought it was interesting

You should have been a lawyer.

It was interesting. Just not what I expected.
I've been told that many times. People always assume I want to be a doctor or am studying medicine. One of my old teachers (Y9 geography, she left the school after that so she hadn't seen me for years) was in at work the other day and she straight out assumed I was doing medicine..
darkenergy
yeah, i am just confused now.

next time I go back to china, I'm going to try it out on no less than 20 water mellons.
crana9
I've been told that many times. People always assume I want to be a doctor or am studying medicine. One of my old teachers (Y9 geography, she left the school after that so she hadn't seen me for years) was in at work the other day and she straight out assumed I was doing medicine..

Why don't you? Your attention to details is incredible.
um....no it's not!

I'm tidying my room. It's looking so much better. All my fiction is alphabetised now.
Camford
next time I go back to china, I'm going to try it out on no less than 20 water mellons.

yeah, you go and do that.

why watermelons though? whats wrong with cakes? is it because a melon has a spherical shape whereas a cake can be treated two dimensionally?
You could treat the melon two dimensionally if you wanted to.
Or the cake three.
and camfo - Melons are countable - fewer melons
crana9
You could treat the melon two dimensionally if you wanted to.

Yes, but a cake is less complex than a sphere if you consider cutting it?
darkenergy
Yes, but a cake is less complex than a sphere if you consider cutting it?

Consider that done, I'll order no less than 20 massive wedding cakes to experiment with.