

A118887


Number of ways to place n objects with weights 1,2,...,n evenly spaced around the circumference of a circular disk so that the disk will exactly balance on the center point.


3



0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 24, 0, 732, 0, 720, 48, 0, 0
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OFFSET

1,6


COMMENTS

The position of weight 1 is kept fixed at position 1. Mirror configurations are counted only once. Proposed in the seqfan mailing list by Brendan McKay, Sep 12 2005
Also number of permutations p1,p2,...,pn such that the polynomial p1 + p2*x + ... + pn*x^(n1) has exp(2*pi*i/n) as a zero. Also number of equiangular polygons whose sides are some permutation of 1,2,3,...,n.  T. D. Noe, Sep 13 2005
No solutions exist if n is a prime power. Proved by W. Edwin Clark, Sep 14 2005
Murray Klamkin proved that solutions do exist if n is not a prime power.  Jonathan Sondow, Oct 17 2013


LINKS

Table of n, a(n) for n=1..17.
Andrew Bernoff, Bernoff's Puzzler, MuddMath Newsletter Volume 4, No. 1, Page 10, Spring 2005
Marius Munteanu and Laura Munteanu, Rational equiangular polygons, Applied Math., 4 (2013), 14601465.
Hugo Pfoertner, Balanced weights on circle (Tables of configurations)
G. J. Woeginger, Nothing new about equiangular polygons, Amer. Math. Monthly, 120 (2013), 849850.


FORMULA

a(A000961(n)) = 0, a(A024619(n)) > 0.  Jonathan Sondow, Oct 17 2013


EXAMPLE

The smallest n for which a solution exists is n=6 with 4 solutions:
...........Weight
......1..2..3..4..5..6
.Count...at.position
..1...1..4..5..2..3..6
..2...1..5..3..4..2..6
..3...1..6..2..4..3..5
..4...1..6..3..2..5..4
Configurations 1 is the mirror image of configuration 4, ditto for configurations 2 and 3. Therefore a(6)=2.


MATHEMATICA

Needs["DiscreteMath`Combinatorica`"]; Table[eLst=E^(2.*Pi*I*Range[n]/n); Count[(Permutations[Range[n]]), q_List/; Chop[q.eLst]===0]/(2n), {n, 10}] (* very slow for n>10 *) (* T. D. Noe, May 05 2006 *)


CROSSREFS

Cf. A118888 (configurations with minimum imbalance), A063697 (positions of positive coefficients in cyclotomic polynomial in binary), A063699 (positions of negative coefficients in cyclotomic polynomial in binary), A326921.
Sequence in context: A277443 A209401 A029696 * A057383 A218881 A169772
Adjacent sequences: A118884 A118885 A118886 * A118888 A118889 A118890


KEYWORD

hard,more,nonn


AUTHOR

Hugo Pfoertner, May 03 2006


STATUS

approved



