Here’s a fun problem I came across when trying to analyse some data, which I thought I’d write up to illustrate the kind of interesting puzzles I get paid to solve as a physicist. Perhaps have a go yourselves and let me know if there are more intuitive solutions.
Over the last few years I’ve been working towards a PhD in the realm of experimental physics. This, naturally, requires experiments to occur. As good scientists we (ideally) record all the details of the experiments, which makes for a tasty dataset after a few years. Let’s have a look at some details.