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PostSubject: [Math Problem] The children   Thu 27 Aug 2009, 22:12

Let me see if you can solve this.

Two men meet on the street. They haven't seen each other for many years. They talk about lots of things and after a while one of the men says.
“Since you’re a mathematician I would like to give you a problem to solve. You see, today is a very special day to me. All my three sons are having their birthday today. So can you tell me what age my sons are?”
“Sure” answers the mathematician. “But you need to tell me something about them.”
“Okay I’ll give you a few clues” Answers the father of the three sons. “If you multiply their ages with each other you’ll get 36.”
“That’s good.” Says the mathematician “But I need more information.”
“The sum of their ages is the same as there are windows on that building.” Says the father and points at a building nearby.
The mathematician thinks for a while and says “I still need one more clue to solve the problem.”
“My oldest son has blue eyes.” Says the father.
“Ah! That’ll be enough clues” Says the mathematician and gives the father the right answer on their ages.


You’re challenge is now to follow the reasoning of the mathematician and solve the problem. There is only ONE answer that is right.

And when answering you have to provide an explanation why your three ages are the correct ones.

And yes, it IS solvable and I HAVE provided enough information to solve it.

Good Luck and have fun. If no one has answered right before 1st September, I will post the answer.

And also if you've seen this one before don't spoil it for the others. Thanks.


S3rius gets an instant cookie for solving it.
Tamer gets the a cookie aswell, though it has chewing marks in it,(Lets just say that s3rius didn't like his cookie.)

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PostSubject: Re: [Math Problem] The children   Thu 27 Aug 2009, 23:04

BULLSEYE

Here's the answer:
Spoiler:
 

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PostSubject: Re: [Math Problem] The children   Thu 27 Aug 2009, 23:46

Spoiler:
 
But whatever...

s3rius: Put into a Spoiler so others can chose to read it or not. Congrats on solving it. The answer is correct.
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PostSubject: Re: [Math Problem] The children   Wed 02 Sep 2009, 08:45

Well where's the answer now? Hmm..
I should post my answer first.. For me
if that man has three sons and the product
of their ages is 36, therefore, 36 divided
by 3 is equal to 12. They are triplets! Am I
right? That's my answer because the man
did not tell how many windows in the building
and I don't think the color of the eyes of his
older son has got to do with their ages.


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PostSubject: Re: [Math Problem] The children   Wed 02 Sep 2009, 08:53

Congrats on solving that guys

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PostSubject: Re: [Math Problem] The children   Wed 02 Sep 2009, 11:28

calex wrote:
Well where's the answer now? Hmm..
I should post my answer first.. For me
if that man has three sons and the product
of their ages is 36, therefore, 36 divided
by 3 is equal to 12. They are triplets! Am I
right? That's my answer because the man
did not tell how many windows in the building
and I don't think the color of the eyes of his
older son has got to do with their ages.


"It's just a name, I'm a girl."
You can see the answer when you click on the grey frame in Tamer's post. I hid it in a spoiler so no one would accidently read the right answer while trying to figure out the riddle.

To clear it up:
The man didn't tell us how many windows the building has, but the mathematican knows, because he can see the building. But even though he knows that it's 36 if you multiply their ages and the numb. of windows, he still asks for another hint. That means that there must be at least two combinations of ages that result in the same numbers when you multiply/sum them up.
The only combinations that applies to are:
{1,6,6} : sum = 13 (1*6*6=36)
{2,2,9} : sum = 13 (2*2*9=36)

Now, it's not important what eye color they have, but he said the oldest son - that means there must be one who is older than the others. If you look at the two combinations above there is one where the oldest two are twins (6 years) and one where the oldest one is 9. Logic tells you it must be the latter one. Thus the kids are 2, 2 and 9 years old.

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PostSubject: Re: [Math Problem] The children   Thu 25 Mar 2010, 02:30

abortions are fun
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PostSubject: Re: [Math Problem] The children   Thu 25 Mar 2010, 18:26

schattenkrieger wrote:
abortions are fun

Pretty sure that solves the question without any real mathimatics at all. I say Shattenkrieger wins this round lol xD
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PostSubject: Re: [Math Problem] The children   Fri 26 Mar 2010, 01:51

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PostSubject: Re: [Math Problem] The children   Fri 26 Mar 2010, 15:48

Well, the cookie awards are kinda old already.. and digested.. and excremented.. and.. well, you get it.

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PostSubject: Re: [Math Problem] The children   Fri 26 Mar 2010, 17:23

in other words we should just tell him its ice cream and give him a blind fold? lol
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