VERY HARD Puzzle: What Is The Distance Between Two Random Points In A Square?

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What is the average distance between two randomly chosen points in a square with a side length 1? The video presents how to estimate the answer and also derives the exact answer using integrals. Per suggestions in the comments, I have modified the title to indicate the difficulty level is VERY HARD (a college level calculus course and probability theory course are necessary background).

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Simulation

http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1254129/average-distance-between-two-random-points-in-a-square

Difference of two uniform variables
http://www.math.wm.edu/~leemis/chart/UDR/PDFs/StandarduniformStandardtriangular.pdf

Difference of two uniform variables and solving the double integral
https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-calculate-the-mean-distance-of-two-points-placed-at-random-in-a-unit-square

Solving the double integral
http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1294800/average-distance-between-two-randomly-chosen-points-in-unit-square-without-calc

Mean distance polar coordinates change
http://www.mathpages.com/home/kmath324/kmath324.htm

Integral secant cubed
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_of_secant_cubed

Mean distance square
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/SquareLinePicking.html

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