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Subj:.....Eight Gallons Of Wine (S646)
          From: MathNexus.wwu.edu
          on 5/30/2008
 
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Source: http://mathnexus.wwu.edu/Archive/oldie/detail.asp?ID=158

Two men purchased an 8-gallon cask of wine, and desired
to divide it equally; but they had only two measures
wherewith to do so, a 5-gallon measure and a 3-gallon
measure.  How can they perform the division?
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from darrell94590 on 1/2/2006
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              THE SOLUTION
 

As you move the eight gallons between the cask and
the two measures.  I will list on each move where
the wine is stored.

Move     8-gall Cask     5-gall Measure     3-gall Measure

  0        8               0                  0
  1        5               0                  3
  2        5               3                  0
  3        2               3                  3
  4        2               5                  1
  5        7               0                  1
  6        7               1                  0
  7        4               1                  3
  8        4               4                  0

Now you have four gallns of wine in the cask and
four gallons in the 5-gallon measure.

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