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Topic: Re: The missing dollar problem
Replies: 8   Last Post: Apr 20, 1995 1:21 AM

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 Ronald A Ward Posts: 298 Registered: 12/4/04
Re: The missing dollar problem
Posted: Mar 13, 1995 8:03 PM

Here is a version of the problem as stated in "Mathematics for Elementary
Teachers," by Musser and Burger [an excellent source of interesting
problems, by the way]:

"Three business women traveling together stopped at a motel to get
a room for the night. They were charged \$30 for the room and agreed to
split the cost equally. The manager later realized that he had
overcharged them by \$5. He gave the refund to his son to deliver to the
women. This smart son, realizing it would be difficult to split \$5
equally, gave the women \$3 and kept \$2 for himself. Thus it cost each
woman \$9 for the room. Therefore, they spent \$27 for the room plus the
\$2 'tip.' What happened to the other dollar?"

Those of us going to the Boston meetings would love to find this
cheap motel!!

Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225
ronaward@henson.cc.wwu.edu

On Mon, 13 Mar 1995 DMcelwain@aol.com wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I am looking for The Missing Dollar Problem. I have a group of kids that
> will find this one "interesting". I have searched high and low around this
> house, and the problem is no where to be found. I am hoping that someone on
> list will have it and post it.
>
> I am not sure exactly how it goes, but The Missing Dollar Problem is
> unsolvable. It starts out describing a man who is paying his hotel bill. He
> has \$30 and the bill is \$27. He tips the bellboy, and somehow gets some
> change. When it is all done, he is short a dollar.
>
> Does anyone have a copy of the problem?
>
>
> Thanks!!!!!! Diane McElwain
>

Date Subject Author
3/13/95 Ronald A Ward
3/13/95 David Nelson Leom
3/14/95 Butch Sloan
3/14/95 jim leitzel
3/16/95 Jack Rotman
3/14/95 Mary K. Hannigan
3/15/95 Angie S. Eshelman
3/16/95 Eileen Abrahamson
4/20/95 Butch Sloan