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Guessing your birthdate (Posted on 2016-08-18) Difficulty: 3 of 5
A certain performer tries to impress his audience by guessing the birthday date of a volunteer (previously unknown to him). The volunteer is requested to multiply the numerical value of the month of his birth by 31, to multiply the numerical value of the day by 12, to add the two products and announce the result, say N.

Upon getting the result the performer, considerably quickly, deduces the MM/DD of the relevant birthdate.

a. Devise a way to quickly solve 12*d+31*m=N.
b. Show that there is a unique solution for any N, evaluated as described above.

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re: part aCharlie2016-08-19 22:20:11
part aPaul2016-08-19 17:52:14
part b, analyticalSteve Herman2016-08-18 12:46:05
Some Thoughtspart b is easiest with a computer; part a not so muchCharlie2016-08-18 11:05:32
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