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Clever Mathematics ;)

From an email I received. I rather like closing thoughts 😉

CLEVER MATHEMATICS

A farmer died leaving his 17 horses to his 3 sons.

When his sons opened up the Will it read:

My eldest son should get 1/2 (half) of total horses;

My middle son should be given 1/3rd (one-third) of the total horses;

My youngest son should be given 1/9th (one-ninth) of the total horses.

As it’s impossible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons started to fight with each other.

So, they decided to go to a farmer’s friend who they considered quite smart, to see if he could work it out for them.

The farmer friend read the Will patiently, after giving due thought, he brought one of his own horses over and added it to the 17. That increased the total to 18 horses.

Now, he divided the horses according to their father’s Will.

Half of 18 = 9. So he gave the eldest son 9 horses.

1/3rd of 18 = 6. So he gave the middle son 6 horses.

1/9th of 18 = 2. So he gave the youngest son 2 horses.

Now add up how many horses they have:

Eldest son……..9

Middle son…….6

Youngest son…2

TOTAL IS…….17.

Now this leaves one horse over, so the farmer friend takes his horse back to his farm.

Problem Solved!

Moral:

The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find the 18th horse, i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the 18th horse the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times. However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution. If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any!

Now that’s clever Mathematics.

29 comments on “Clever Mathematics ;)”

1. LindaGHill
November 11, 2014

Ha! That is so true! Love it. 😀 Thanks for sharing!

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• annj49
November 11, 2014

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by!

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2. LindaGHill
November 11, 2014

Reblogged this on lindaghill and commented:
Come over to Ann’s Corner and read a clever post!

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• annj49
November 11, 2014

Thanks! You made my day! 🙂

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• annj49
November 11, 2014

Thanks! Made my day, you did! 🙂 😀

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3. foolsquest
November 11, 2014

That’s brilliantly funny. Thanks for sharing that.

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• annj49
November 11, 2014

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• annj49
November 11, 2014

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4. Paul
November 11, 2014

I would call it the “Art” of negotiations. But that’s semantic – well said and makes a very important point in this world of competition.

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• annj49
November 11, 2014

An interesting thought. It IS an art!
Thanks! 🙂

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• annj49
November 11, 2014

Now that’s an interesting thought! Art it is! 🙂

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5. summerstommy2
November 11, 2014

this is one of those clever mathematical things that I could never grasp. Thank you for sharing.

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• annj49
November 11, 2014

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6. Bruce Thiesen
November 11, 2014

Fun story

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• annj49
November 11, 2014

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7. martha0stout
November 12, 2014

That was an awesome story!

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• annj49
November 12, 2014

Thanks! I liked it and just had to share…

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8. idiotwriter
November 12, 2014

I struggled to begin with reading this – the title had the word mathematics in it for a start!!
I persevered however – and pretty glad I did 😀

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• annj49
November 12, 2014

It surprised me and i had to share 🙂

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• idiotwriter
November 12, 2014

I can understand that! 😀

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• annj49
November 12, 2014

I haven’t figured out the reply thing obviously…..have double of everything! 😉 That’s because I forget what I’ve already replied to and navigation on phone is a little confusing. Sorry, folks…..

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• idiotwriter
November 12, 2014

Bless you!!!
We all started somewhere hey 😀
You are such a lovely friendly and likeable lady – THAT is the most important step – your strongest ability just comes naturally 😉

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• annj49
November 12, 2014

Awe…..thanks! I’m enjoying this beginning. Everyone is so helpful, and I have especially appreciated all of your unique ideas 🙂

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• idiotwriter
November 12, 2014

It is fun hey 😀

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9. whennothinggoeswrite
November 14, 2014

Very clever…will be looking for that 18th horse!

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10. Jack Curtis
December 11, 2014

The math, clever enough; the psychology: Brilliant! And the choice of a farmer was apt; who else knows how to lead a pig? Fun!

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