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Calculation Mistake (Posted on 2003-11-19) Difficulty: 2 of 5
A boy was asked to calculate the arithmetic mean of ten positive integers each of which had 2 digits.
By mistake, he interchanged the two digits, a & b, in one of these ten integers. As a result, his answer for the arithmetic mean was 1.8 more than what it should have been.
Find the value of b-a.

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Solution Puzzle Solution Comment 8 of 8 |

Since there are ten numbers to begin with, it follows that by interchanging the digits,  the total must have been appreciated by  1.8*10 = 18.

Thus,
(10b+a) - (10a+b) = 18, giving:
9(b-a) = 18, so that;
b-a = 2

Consequently, the required difference is 2.

Edited on October 16, 2007, 12:50 am
  Posted by K Sengupta on 2007-09-30 05:49:06

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