# Teen solves puzzle that has stumped mathematicians for 300 years

Teen solves Newtonâs 300-year-old riddle [1]

An Indian-born teenager has won a research award for solving a mathematical problem first posed by Sir Isaac Newton more than 300 years ago that has baffled mathematicians ever since.

The solution devised by Shouryya Ray, 16, makes it possible to calculate exactly the path of a projectile under gravity and subject to air resistance. Shouryya, who lives in Dresden, eastern Germany, came up with the solutions to this and a second mathematical riddle while working on a school project.

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Only partial solutions had been discovered up to now, requiring simplified assumptions or calculations by computer. Shouryyaâs elegant solutions could contribute to greater precision in fields such as ballistics.