Math Challenge Problem
The Math Challenge problem has returned to UNC's School of Mathematical Sciences! This is a problem that everyone is welcomed to try their hand at. New problems twice a month.
October Challenge 1
A colony of ants live on the surface of a dodecahedron (a regular convex polyhedron consisting of 12 regular pentagons connected at 20 vertices). They decide they would like to plant ant-trees on each of the 20 vertices. However, because these ants hate monotony, they insist that a different tree must be planted at each vertex surrounding a given face. Obviously they will need at least five different varieties of trees. Will they need more?
The Challenge: What is the fewest different varieties of tree the ants will need to plant one tree on each vertex so that no face is incident to two trees of the same variety?
Submit solutions to Ross 2239G or by email to email@example.com.
Deadline: Friday, October 16.
Win PRIZES! A winner will be selected from all correct answers received for each challenge problem to receive a fun math prize of his or her choice.
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