A hunter met two shepherds,
one of whom had three loaves
and the other, five
loaves. All the loaves were the same
size. The three
men agreed to share the eight loaves
equally between them.
After they had eaten, the hunter
gave the shepherds
eight bronze coins as payment for his
meal. How should
the two shepherds fairly divide this money?
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from darrell94590 on 1/2/2006
The shepherd who had
three loaves should get one coin and
the shepherd who
had five loaves should get seven coins.
If there were eight
loaves and three men, each man ate two
and two-thirds loaves.
So the first shepherd gave the hunter
one-third of a loaf
and the second shepherd gave the hunter
two and one-third
loaves. The shepherd who gave one-third
of a loaf should
get one coin and the one who gave seven-
thirds of a loaf
should get seven coins.