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Random breakage of a rod into unit lengths

Gani, Joseph; Swift, R.J.

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In this article we consider the random breakage of a rod into L unit elements and present a Markov chain based method that tracks intermediate breakage configurations. The probability of the time to final breakage for L = 3, 4, 5 is obtained and the method is shown to extend in principle, beyond L = 5.

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/53745
Source: College Mathematics Journal
DOI: 10.4169/college.math.j.42.3.201

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