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 Dollars and Cents II (Posted on 2012-12-19)
Stephen went to the bank to cash a check. By mistake, the teller gave him dollars instead of cents and cents instead of dollars, which he didn't notice. On the way out, Stephen spent a nickel at a gum machine. When Stephen returned home, he found he had exactly twice the amount of the check.

Determine the exact amount of the check Stephen cashed at the bank.

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 No brute force solution | Comment 2 of 5 |
If the check is for 100d + c cents
and he got instead 100c + d cents

then according to the problem 2(100d + c) = 100c + d - 5
or d = (98c-5)/199
what is sought is a solution to this where c and d are both whole numbers less than 100.  It's easily solved with a table but even without on it's simple.
98*2 = 196 which is three short of 199 which means every 2 c will bring 98c - 5 closer to a multiple of 199 by 3.

When c = 1, 98c-5=93 which is 93 too high
When c = 3, 98c-5=289 which is 90 too high
93* 2/3 = 62 so maybe c=62
nope off by one
c = 63 gives d = 31

So the check was for \$31.63 but the teller gave \$63.31

 Posted by Jer on 2012-12-19 14:04:32

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