When I went over to see a rare coin collection, I asked the care taker of the coins about them.
"What can you tell me about your coins?"
"In each box, the number of coins is a perfect square, and each box has a different number of coins."
"How are the coins in your 9 boxes organized?"
"I put them in chronological order by groups. The ancient coins are in boxes A, B, C; my old coins in boxes D, E, F; and my recent coins sit in boxes G, H, I."
"How else are they organized?"
"Well, within each time period (ancient, old, recent), the numbers form an arithmetic sequence, and the common difference is the same for all three time periods."
"How many coins do you have in each box?"
"I'm not sure, but I do know that a newer box would always have more coins that an older box from that time period. For example, feel box A. I have very few coins in that box, less than a dozen."
How many coins are in each box?
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Geoff said "so judging by what others concluded, the problem isnt solveable without a computer? that sucks"
I used to deride computer program solutions too. But then I got Visual Basic, and quickly discovered how much fun it is to write and test programs. They have the maddening habit of doing exactly what you tell them to do, instead of what you think you told them to do. They are challenging and fun and interesting.
Posted by Penny
on 2004-05-06 07:54:20