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From Mahavira (Posted on 2017-07-18) Difficulty: 2 of 5
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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Solutionanother source -spoilerAdy TZIDON2017-07-19 18:27:41
re(5): Simple Solution, simple-yes ... correct-Yes kumarsumit2017-07-19 13:32:29
re(4): Simple Solution, simple-yes ... correct-Yes Jer2017-07-19 13:25:16
Some Thoughts@ Steve. Jer & Brian - fair dislosureAdy TZIDON2017-07-19 10:56:45
Some Thoughtsre(3): Simple Solution, simple-yes ... correct-Yes Ady TZIDON2017-07-19 09:32:58
Hints/Tipsre(2): Simple Solution, simple-yes ... correct-YesBrian Smith2017-07-19 08:45:40
Hints/Tipsre: Simple Solution, simple-yes ... correct-noAdy TZIDON2017-07-19 06:59:37
SolutionSimple SolutionBrian Smith2017-07-18 22:15:23
Some ThoughtsConsider the dateJer2017-07-18 14:38:31
Solutionre: Analytical Solution (spoiler)Ady TZIDON2017-07-18 12:44:36
SolutionAnalytical Solution (spoiler)Steve Herman2017-07-18 10:18:14
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