The whole thing is that you're going to be put in jail for years until it gets worked out.
But in the end, you can't make math illegal, which is all encryption is. However, with the rate the US population is failing in math you may not have to. -- Want the shirt? - »www.despair.com/thedestructor.html Not afiliated or making any profit from sales
That's an old one - ball costs 5 cents and the bat is $1.05...
I knew as soon as I answered I was wrong, but couldn't express how I knew, and totally forgot how to frame the question algebraically. I kind of slid into the correction sideways: If the ball costs 10 cents, then the dollar for the bat is only 90 cents more ...
But I got the lake answer right!
quote:In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?
For some reason I did not fall into the shortcut trap (... to divide the final answer by half. That leads you to twenty-four days.)
I don't know why the answer to this one seemed so obvious, having failed the other. Maybe a vague recollection of geometric progression? Or was that exponential growth? Anyway, I figured it out by avoiding the mental trap. -- Norman ~Oh Lord, why have you come ~To Konnyu, with the Lion and the Drum