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Defective Bulbs (Posted on 2008-12-12) Difficulty: 3 of 5
There are 100 switches labeled from 1 to 100 corresponding to each of the bulbs. 10 persons are asked to report the number of defective bulbs they had found, such that the 1st person is allowed to check all the bulbs while the 2nd person is allowed to check bulbs corresponding to switches labeled 2,4,...,100 and so on, and the 10th person is allowed to check bulbs corresponding to switches labeled 10,20,...,100.

Each person reported the same number of defective bulbs. Also note that the number of defective bulbs can increase or remain the same between two consecutive testings and there is at least one defective bulb. Find the following just after the 10th person finished his test.

1) What can be the minimum number of defective bulbs? What are the defective bulbs in this case?
2) What can be the maximum number of defective bulbs? What can be the maximum number of bulbs that can be found to be defective?

No Solution Yet Submitted by Praneeth    
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re(2): Two solutions for Q 1. | Comment 3 of 5 |
(In reply to re: Two solutions for Q 1. by Dej Mar)

"Bulb #90 and sometime after the 2nd person and before the 5th person, bulb #96."

  90 prime factors:  2 3 3 5
  96 prime factors:  2 2 2 2 2 3
 
90 reported by 1,2,3,5,6,9,10
96 reported by 6,8

person 4's non-reporting could be corrected by bulb 96 being bad before person 4, but person 7 never sees either and person 6 sees both.

The other three look good.


  Posted by Charlie on 2008-12-13 12:24:17
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