```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 98225ronaward@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>
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