Pancake Math

panecake2“Archaeological evidence suggests that pancakes are probably the earliest and most widespread cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies.” – Wikipedia

 

What is the maximum number of sections into which a pancake may be divided into by four straight cuts through it?

Here more difficult questions go:

1) Is it possible to divided it so that all sections have equal area?

2) How many pancakes are needed to reach your height if they are squeezed by the weight of the upper pancakes?

3) If I spent 30 grams of batter for a pancake (French-style crêpe) of 30 cm in diameter how much batter do I need for the square pancake of the same thickness and the side length of 30 cm?  

 

These and many other practical “pancake” questions are presented in the Applied Math section of A+Click series, which already includes more than 4500 questions.

 

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