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"Are you holding true or fake coin?"

You have 101 coins, and you know that 50 of them are counterfeit. Every true coin has the same weight, an unknown integer, and every false coin has the same weight,which differs from that of a true coin by 1 gram. You also have a two-pan pointer scale that will show you the difference in weight between the contents of each pan. You choose one coin. 

Can you tell in a single weighing whether it’s true or false?

Well, this trick will help you to identify that coin!

Knowing The Truth of the Coin in Hand!

What was the task given?

Yes, you can tell that whether the coin is true or false with single weighting.Just divide 100 coins into 2 groups of 50 coins each & put into 2 pans of weighing balance.

Let's assume true coin weighs 1 gram (or 2 gram) & fake coin weighs 2 gram (or 1 gram). Remember, if the sum of 2 integers is even then difference between two is bound to be even. And if the sum of those is odd then difference between them has to be odd.

CASE 1 :

If the coin that you are holding is true then the total weight on the balance will be
50 + (50x2) = 50 + 100 = 150  (or 50x2 + 50 = 150). So, the total sum of weights in 2 pans is even, hence difference between them has to be even. For example, if those 150 grams are distributed as 80 vs 70 then difference between them is 10 which is even.

CASE 2 :

If the coin you are holding is fake then the total weight on the balance will be
51 + (49x2) = 51 + 98 = 149 (or 51x2 + 49x1 = 153).

Here, total is odd hence the difference must be o…

The Camel and Banana Puzzle

The owner of a banana plantation has a camel. He wants to transport his 3000 bananas to the market, which is located after the desert. The distance between his banana plantation and the market is about 1000 kilometer. So he decided to take his camel to carry the bananas. The camel can carry at the maximum of 1000 bananas at a time, and it eats one banana for every kilometer it travels.

What is the most bananas you can bring over to your destination?

As many as 'these' numbers of bananas can be saved!

The Camel and Banana Puzzle : Solution

What was the puzzle?

 Let A be the starting point and B be the destination in this transportation. If the camel is taken with 1000 bananas at start, to reach the point B which is 1000 km away from A, it needs 1000 bananas. So there will be no bananas left to return back to point A.

That's why we need to break down the journey into 3 parts.

Part 1 :

For every 1 km the camel needs to -

1. Move ahead 1 km with 1000 bananas but eat 1 banana in a way.

2. Leave 998 bananas at the point and take 1 banana to return back to previous point.

3. Pick up another 1000 bananas and move forward while eating 1 banana.

4. Drop 998 bananas at the same point. Return back to previous point by consuming 1 banana.

5. Pick left over 1000 bananas and move 1km forward while consuming 1 banana to same point where 998 + 998 bananas are dropped. Now, the camel doesn't need to  return back to previous point. So, 998 + 998 + 999 are carried to the point.

That is for every 1km, the camel needs 5 bananas.

After 200 k…

Maximize The Chance of White Ball

There are two empty bowls in a room. You have 50 white balls and 50 black balls. After you place the balls in the bowls, a random ball will be picked from a random bowl. Distribute the balls (all of them) into the bowls to maximize the chance of picking a white ball. 

This is the way to maximize the chances!

Way to Maximize White Ball Probability

What was the task given?

Let's distribute 50 black ball in one bowl & other 50 white ball in another bowl.


Probability (White Ball) = (1/2)(0/50) + (1/2)(50/50) = 0.5.

Now, if 1 white ball is kept in 1 bowl and other 49 white + 50 black = 99 balls in other bowl, then

Probability (White Ball) = (1/2)(1/1) + (1/2)(49/99) = 0.747.

That's nearly equal to 3/4 which is certainly higher than the previous case. And that's the way of maximizing the probability of white ball.

"Buy Half, Get Half KG Free!"

A seller has some quantity of rice with him. The seller offered his customer that if he/she buys half of the rice he has, he will give half kg of rice as a discount. The first customer accepts his offer and he purchased half of the rice and get half kg as extra. After selling the rice to the first customer he again makes the same offer for the second customer, and so on. The seller left with no quantity of rice after he made the fifth transaction.

The initial quantity of rice the seller had?

So the amount of rice that seller had...

Amount of Rice The Seller Had

How he sold the rice?

Weneed to find the amount of the rice that seller had before each of the customer came for purchasing.

Since, no rice left after he made 5th transaction, he must had 1kg rice before this transaction. Half kg is purchased by 5th customer and half kg is given as a discount.

Before 4th customer, seller must had x kg where (x - x/2) - 1/2 = 1i.e. x = 3 kg.

Before 3rd customer, seller must had y kg where (y - y/2) - 1/2 = 3i.e. y = 7 kg.

Before 2nd customer, seller must had z kg where (z - z/2) - 1/2 = 7i.e. y = 15 kg.

Before 1st customer, seller must had a kg where (a - a/2) - 1/2 = 15i.e. y =31 kg.

Hence, the seller must had 31kg of rice initially.

The Poisonous Glass?

You are given 4 identical glasses, completely filled with transparent, odorless liquids. Three of the liquids are pure water, and the fourth is poison, which is slightly heavier. If the water glasses weigh 250 grams each, and the poisoned glass weighs 260 grams, how can you figure out which one is which, using a measuring scale just once?

Here is the process to identify the poisonous glass!

Identifying The Poisonous Glass!

What was the challenge?

Let's number the 4 glasses as 1,2,3 and 4.

Here are steps to identify the glass with poisonous liquid in it. 

1. Empty the glass 1 into another empty glass.

2. Take about 1/4th liquid from glass 2 and pour it into emptied glass 1.

3. Take 3/4th of liquid from glass 3 and pout it into glass 1.

Now, glass 1 has 1/4th of liquid from glass 2 and 3/4th from glass 3.

4. Now put glass 1 and glass 4 on the measuring scale.

    4.1 - If it weighs exactly 500 gm then it suggests that glass 1 had poison.

    4.2 - If it weighs between 500 - 505 grams (precisely 502.5 if exactly 1/4th of liquid was taken from glass 2 to glass 1) then obviously glass 2 is with poisonous liquid.

    4.3 - If it weighs between 505 - 510 grams (precisely 507.5 if exactly 3/4th of liquid was taken from glass 3 to glass 1) then obviously glass 3 is with poisonous liquid.

    4.4 - If it weighs exactly 510 gm then it suggests that glass 4 has poison.

"Who is The Killer?"

An eighty-year-old person was living alone in his house. On a sunny Friday morning, while delivering some letters in the mailbox, the postman felt suspicious and decided to look through the window of the house. That’s when he saw the old man lying dead on the floor in a puddle of blood. When the police arrived, they found three bottles of milk, the Tuesday’s newspaper, and some gifts in front of the house. The lock of the door was broken, and they already suspected a person.

Whom and why?

He might be the murderer!

Little Mistake By The Murderer!

What was the incident?

The police suspected the newspaper straightaway.

Since there were 3 bottles of milk, it's clear that the old man died 3 days ago i.e. on Tuesday & milkman didn't have idea of it. Hence, he has dropped milk bottles there. 

But the newspaper boy knew that the old man is no more in this world hence he didn't drop newspaper since Wednesday. 

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