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    Math Problem!!!

    Aunt Alice gave each of her threee nieces a number of silver dollars equal to their ages. The youngest felt that this was unfair. They agreed to redistribute the money. The youngest would split half her silver dollars evenly with the other two sisters. The middle sister would then give each of the others 4 silver dollars. Finally, the oldest was to split half of her dollars equally between the two younger sisters. After exchanging the money, each girl had 16 silver dollars. How old were each of the sisters?
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    Re: Math Problem!!!

    Word Problems Are Evil!!!!!

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    Ok, I need to go lie down now. That made my head all spinny!
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    Re: Math Problem!!!

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    8, 14, 26
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    Re: Math Problem!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by askmike1
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    8, 14, 26
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    Can't be - 26/2 = 13, which can't be split evenly between the other two.

    Assuming they didn't change silver dollars for quarters...

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    Keep trying.
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    DisneyDan...are we helping you with your homework? Did your teacher say it was o.k.?

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    EVIL!!!!! PURE EVIL!!!
    (Unless my algebra failed me, which it has been known to) - but I've come up with one plausible answer.

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    Re: Math Problem!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Drince88
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    Can't be - 26/2 = 13, which can't be split evenly between the other two.

    Assuming they didn't change silver dollars for quarters...
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    No, it would be (26+4+2)/2 (which equals 16).
    The last child doesn't split the money until after she recieved the the other two nieces' money.

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    Re: Math Problem!!!

    I got...
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    3, 6, and 39

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    Re: Math Problem!!!

    wait...nevermind...did i mention i hate math??

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    Re: Math Problem!!!

    ya know what, i think mike's right...i was on the right track to the answer he got, but he finished it in a more plausible way

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    Darn, you guys caught me. But if I don't get it right, teacher says I can't go to 4th grade.

    MC, don't feel bad, I started working on it last night, and figured it out at the time I made this thread.
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    Re: Math Problem!!!

    The answer I got assumes that the spliting and subtracting is off of their original amounts, and is not dependent on the 'order' that the splitting and subtracting is done.
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    I got that they are 16 year old tripletts

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    Re: Math Problem!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyDan24
    if I don't get it right, teacher says I can't go to 4th grade.

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