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Topic: "bales of hay" problem
Replies: 5   Last Post: Nov 10, 1997 4:54 PM

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ike leong

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more "bales of hay" urgh!
Posted: Nov 9, 1997 12:28 AM
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Hello Marsha;

My 12 year old daughter got her version of the bales of hay problem
and it is driving us nuts. I checked solutions on the internet,
but the explanations were not enough.. Although I was able to derive
the 5 numbers I could not explain how I got it. Any words of
wisdom or assistance you could give would be appreciated.

Here is the version my Daughter got:

suppose five bales of hay are weighed two at a time in all
possible ways. The weights in lbs are 110, 112, 113,114,115,
116,117,118,120 and 121. How much does each bale weigh?

I'm a card carrying engineer for HP's MPE and UNIX operating systems,
but I never had this problem in public school or during college.

Any help would be appreciated from this frustrated father.

Cheers;
Ike Leong





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