Turtle Posted November 29, 2007 Report Share Posted November 29, 2007 OK, here's the scoop. A math tutor friend called me tonight with a problem brought in by a student. Without going too far into the details, we got off on a procedural discussion for using matrices to solve the problem and left off with no solution and each of us to work it over more. So, I have worked it to death and by means other than matrices I have what I think is an answer, if not a solution. So, without further ado, here's the deal: 5 bales of hay are weighed two at a time, in each possible pairing, producing the following table. The question then posed is, "what is the weight, in pounds, of each of the 5 bales of hay?" a+b=110 lbs.a+c=112a+d=113a+e=114b+c=115b+d=116b+e=117c+d=118c+e=120d+e=121 :) ;) ;) i have concluded that the table is in error. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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