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COLLECTING PENS

The Problem

The Kellogg Company (the cereal makers) once placed a free felt-tipped marker in each box of Kellogg's Raisin Bran they distributed. The back of the box proclaimed:

FREE INSIDE - BRUSH MARKER

You'll find one of the 6 washable colors
in each specially marked package of
Kellogg's Raisin Bran cereal.

Start collecting all 6 NOW!

If this promotion were still being conducted today, you could solve this problem by actually going out and buying boxes of cereal. This shopping trip would involve purchasing boxes of cereal and seeing which of the six markers was enclosed in each box. Your spending spree would end when you had a complete set of six pens. Since this is not practical, you need to design a simulation model that accurately reflects the essential characteristics of the shopping trip.

Copyright 1998 Texas Instruments Inc.

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