The answer you give will determine if you are an autistic faggot or not.
Do you count the balls underneath that we can't see? The question doesn't specify well enough. "How many balls can we see" or "How many balls make up this structure" would be the proper questions.
See, you WANT me to solve the following equation:
But if I do that, some redditor who thinks he's really clever will tell me, "But there's only 16 balls in this image, it's le optical illusion, how do you le know there are other le balls behind those ones??? xDDD"
So yeah, fuck you, this is a trap.
Since theoretically the balls would have to be in a completed pyramid shape, you take the whole amount of balls required to make the pyramid by the summation of the squared side length. In other words, the total amount of balls required to make a 3D pyramid out of balls.
= 30 balls
1^2 + 2^2 + 3^2 + 4^2 = 29 balls.
That wasn't too hard, OP. Theoretically you could take one ball out the second row and two balls out the bottom row, so that actually makes it a range between 26 - 29 balls. It is uncertain.
Yeah, but the engineer in me calculates that you could take out a maximum of 3 balls from the structure without it falling apart. I'm already trying hard to figure out if there's some way to make this structure stand with more balls taken out of the back.
I used to work at an amusement park, attending various game stands. One of the games was throwing balls into the top of a big can.
Anyways, it was incredibly boring, and before I discovered the joy of juggling, I spent a lot of free time making shapes with the balls.
It is entirely possible to make a square pyramid structure like this one with less than 30 balls. The bottom layer could be an empty square, using only 12 balls.
The layer above that could also be an empty square and use only 8 balls. Then you add the 5 remaining balls on top.
I wonder if autism will ever become sexually transmissible or airborne.
>but it doesn't work like that
A virus can insert DNA it's it's hosts cells. It's beyond our current scientific capabilities but, just imagine 100 years from now you can just spray autism over a city to make the people docile and obsessed with beating videogames from the year 2000 quickly, and solving math problems like OP's.
That's assuming a complete square pyramid, anyways. Depending on how well the balls grip eachother, you could form the shape in OP's pic with even more balls removed. For example, you could take out the farthest ball from the viewer in each layer under the top ball.
I don't see why people see it as a problem, disregarding the extreme end of the spectrum most high functioning autistics are generally more intelligent.
I don't think the Jews want intelligent people, it'll ruin their plans.
>95% get this wrong
NINETY FIVE PERCENT OF WHAT GETS THIS WRONG?
>mfw 95% didn't notice that's the REAL problem with this pic
I've thought a bit about it, and I don't think there is. There needs to be equally opposing forces to keep each ball stable. I thought that meant it has to be symmetrical on at least two axes, but I recognized the counter-example of just taking one ball out the middle on the bottom row. So I'm not entirely sure what the rule is. I wish I knew some group theory so I could figure it out.
However, another thought: there are balls behind the structure that don't contribute to it. Some analysis tells me all the balls are the same size, so this picture has been drawn with a very, very distant reference point, possibly an infinite one, which makes this easier. Judging from the reference distance between a ball and the ball in front of it, you could hide two balls in a line behind this structure. Then, I found that there could be two more balls beside them. I tried place a fifth ball on top of these four, but it peeked through.
Therefore, assuming these balls have no adhesion and obey physical reality, there is a range between 27 and 34 balls possible from the information you have given us.
I hope you are satisfied with my engineering consultation, I will charge $5,000 for my services.