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[math puzzle] Payment in fraction of gold bars.
03-20-2018, 10:06 PM (This post was last modified: 03-20-2018 10:08 PM by pier4r.)
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[math puzzle] Payment in fraction of gold bars.
You are a generous employer. You pay one of your employee with one gold bar each week.

The point is that you pay him with 1/7 of the gold bar each day of the week.

The gold bar is a prism with trapezoid base or, simplified, with a rectangular base. What is the minimum amount of cuts that one need to do to be able to pay the employee?

A guy in the MathJam meeting today was able to find a really "out of the box" but valid solution (in payments terms, with the employee cooperation) with only 2 cuts. Really neat.

Also this problem for me could be linked to the egyptian fraction problems.

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[math puzzle] Payment in fraction of gold bars. - pier4r - 03-20-2018 10:06 PM

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