Date: Mar 13, 1995 8:03 PM
Author: Ronald A Ward
Subject: Re: The missing dollar problem

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

On Mon, 13 Mar 1995 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