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== See Also ==
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Let be the square one of whose diagonals has endpoints and . A point is chosen uniformly at random over all pairs of real numbers and such that and . Let be a translated copy of centered at . What is the probability that the square region determined by contains exactly two points with integer coefficients in its interior?
We first notice that for the translated square to contain two points with integer coordinates (lattice points) in its interior, these two points must be adjacent. This can be shown by considering the diagonal of . The diagonal is , which is the length of the diagonal of a unit square. Because square is not parallel to the axis, square cannot two points that are not adjacent.
Because we have showed that the two lattice points contained in must be adjacent, let us consider the unit square with vertices and . Let us first consider only two vertices, and . We want to find the area of the region within that the point will create the translation of , such that it covers both and . By symmetry, there will be three equal regions that cover the other pairs of adjacent vertices.
For to contain the point , must be inside square . Similarly, for to contain the point , must be inside a translated square with center at , which we will call . Therefore, the area we seek is Area.
To calculate the area, we notice that Area Area by symmetry. Let . Let be the midpoint of , and along the line . Let be the intersection of and within , and be the intersection of and outside . Therefore, the area we seek is Area. Because all have coordinate , they are collinear. Noting that the side length of and is (as shown above), we also see that , so . If follows that and . Therefore, the area is Area.
Because there are three other regions in the unit square that we need to count, the total area of within such that contains two adjacent lattice points is .
By periodicity, this probability is the same if , where and . Therefore, the answer is .
Note: the ranges of and in the problem are arbitrary as long as the maximum and minimum of the range are integers.
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