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# Math paradox

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by simplemind, Aug 14, 2011.

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Come across this math problem. Let me say this, hapa nimeshemsha may be someone can be kind enough to provide the solution.

3 men go to a hotel to rent room. The clerk says that there is a 3 bed room for \$30.

Each man pays \$10 and go to the room.

The hotel manager tells the clerk the room is only \$25 and gives the clerk \$5 to pay the men back.

On the way to the room the clerk realizes 5 dollar bill cant be split 3 way. Dishonestly he keeps \$2 and gives each man \$1.

Now the 3 men have paid \$27 for the room and the clerk has \$2 . Where did the \$1 go to?
27+2=29

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They payed \$30, then \$3 were returned and \$2 taken by the clerk.
Now they paid \$25+\$2=\$27, by adding \$3 they have, you get \$30.

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No ,if they paid \$30 and \$3 was refunded then they must have paid 30 - 3 = 27 .The cleck has 2 dollar therefore total is only 29 dollars.

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bold: that is wrong, they paid 9 each ( or a total of 27; inclusive of 2 retained by the clerk) kama umechemsha, you must be a lawyer

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### hamidshabanJF-Expert Member

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take 25 divide by 3=8.333 add 1 dollar=9.333.multiply by 3 = 27.999 add 2 dollar and get it

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OK, it seems that you want to see where \$1 went: 30-2=28 then 30-3=27 then 28-27=1. But am still agree with my first answer.

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Okay granted ,they paid 27 plus 2 dollars retained by clerk,the total is 29 dollars. This does not explain the missing dollar. Remember the men initially paid the clerk \$30.

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acheni ungwini coz mathematics is science ans there must be scientific explanation for every thing. The 3 men paid a total of \$ 27, which include the 2 retained by the clerk (25 +2 = 27). and they remained with \$ 1 each, which makes a total of 3. 27 + 3 = 30. WHAT ID THE PROBLEM WITH YOU GUYS? in science things do not just disappear so there is no way \$1 could have disappeared. think!

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I get you though the maths bit tricky.

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Mkuu this is very simple three men did not pay 27usd; they paid 25usd

Now 25usd they paid for plus 3usd refunded plus 2 iliyochakachuliwa......

25 + 3 + 2 = 30

The trick is when you say they paid 27usd while they paid 25usd