« Feeling swamped .... | Main | Musical mumblings ... »

December 08, 2007

Christmas Time Puzzle

Once there was a time when children were only given very small presents for Christmas like a handful of nuts, an apple and maybe a wooden toy carved by the father or grandfather. One day a neighbour brought a bag full of nuts to a family with 3 children. He said:

"Children, I am willing to give you all these nuts if you can tell me how many are in this bag. The eldest of you shall have half of them plus one, the second will get half of the remaining ones plus one and the third again half of the remaining ones plus three."

Can you help the children calculate the correct numbers of nuts in the bag?

P.S. This was an exercise presented to fourth graders at primary school.

Posted by Mausi at December 8, 2007 08:00 AM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry:



Posted by: Gorse Fox at December 8, 2007 10:57 AM