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Can You Solve This Question From The 1869 MIT Entrance Exam?

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Dr. Alfredo Carpineti

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Dr. Alfredo Carpineti

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Alfredo (he/him) has a PhD in Astrophysics on galaxy evolution and a Master's in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces.

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Geometry problem from the 1869 MIT entrance exam

Geometry problem from the 1869 MIT entrance exam. Image Credit: IFLScience & Inga Nielsen, Sociologas / Shutterstock.com

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the leading research universities in the world, and getting into this institution is not an easy task. But we 21st-century people would have had a much easier time back in 1869, where the admission to this prestigious place of learning required us to know a lot less and asked questions such as where the city of Berlin is and in which century Shakespeare lived.

There’s also a lot of geometry, arithmetic, and algebra to solve. Some are primary school level (find the area of a circle of radius 10), others require a bit more elbow grease and to remember Pythagoras' theorem.

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The team at MindYourDecisions has solved one of the more thorny geometry questions, so give it a go and see if you are smarter than a 170-year-old.  


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