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 From Mahavira (Posted on 2017-07-18)
From the year c. 850 the book Ganita-Sara-Sangraha contains the following:

Three merchants saw in the road a purse. One said, "If I secure this purse, I shall become twice as rich as both of you together."
Then the second said, "I shall become three times as rich."
Then the third said, "I shall become five times as rich."
What is the value of the money in the purse, as also the money on hand?

There are an infinite number of solutions. Find the smallest whole number amounts the merchants could have.

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 Subject Author Date another source -spoiler Ady TZIDON 2017-07-19 18:27:41 re(5): Simple Solution, simple-yes ... correct-Yes kumarsumit 2017-07-19 13:32:29 re(4): Simple Solution, simple-yes ... correct-Yes Jer 2017-07-19 13:25:16 @ Steve. Jer & Brian - fair dislosure Ady TZIDON 2017-07-19 10:56:45 re(3): Simple Solution, simple-yes ... correct-Yes Ady TZIDON 2017-07-19 09:32:58 re(2): Simple Solution, simple-yes ... correct-Yes Brian Smith 2017-07-19 08:45:40 re: Simple Solution, simple-yes ... correct-no Ady TZIDON 2017-07-19 06:59:37 Simple Solution Brian Smith 2017-07-18 22:15:23 Consider the date Jer 2017-07-18 14:38:31 re: Analytical Solution (spoiler) Ady TZIDON 2017-07-18 12:44:36 Analytical Solution (spoiler) Steve Herman 2017-07-18 10:18:14

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