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  • 4 years ago

A mule and a donkey were going to market, laden with wheat. The mule said, "if you give me one measure, I should carry twice as much as you, but if I give you 1 measure, we should have equal burdens." what were each of their burdens?

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  1. anonymous
    • 4 years ago
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    God, I have no idea how to solve this. Maybe if I sat down for a while and worked on it...

  2. sasogeek
    • 4 years ago
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    ok well i'll go ahead and solve it then? anyone solving it behind scenes so that i'll wait a while or i should go ahead?

  3. anonymous
    • 4 years ago
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    i think i have it

  4. y2o2
    • 4 years ago
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    me too

  5. sasogeek
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    lemme know what you got

  6. sasogeek
    • 4 years ago
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    brb

  7. anonymous
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    in fact i know i have it because the answer checks. so i will keep quiet

  8. sasogeek
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    keep quiet? why lol, just go for it :D at least i know Laura said she won't be able to solve it after looking at it, you might wanna help her out :)

  9. y2o2
    • 4 years ago
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    I think it's 7 and 5 !!

  10. sasogeek
    • 4 years ago
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    yup

  11. y2o2
    • 4 years ago
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    i made it like that: (x+1) = 2(y-1) and (x-1) = (y+1)

  12. sasogeek
    • 4 years ago
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    let donkey's burden = x let mule's burden = y when donkey gives mule 1 measure, donkey's new burden = x-1 , and mule's new burden = y+1, but mules new burden (y+1) is twice donkey's new burden 2(x-1) => y+1=2(x-1)................... equation 1 when mule gives donkey 1 measure, mule's new burden = y-1 and donkey's new burden = x+1 but when mule gives 1 measure, their new burdens are the same => y-1 = x+1..................... equation 2 solve the simultaneous equation :)

  13. anonymous
    • 4 years ago
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    yikes. i got 6 and 8

  14. sasogeek
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    well issue resolved now and we're all happy :D i wish i could write that in latex but it'll take me forever, i'm so slow with latex :(

  15. anonymous
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    I got it!

  16. sasogeek
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    :D

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