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## #1 2012-01-11 21:51:06

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### 5 balls with 5 weighings

We have 5 balls of identical shape and volume, but with different weights, 10, 20, 30 40 and 50 grams.
How can we determine the weight of each ball by only 5 weighings? We must use a balance scale!

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## #2 2012-01-11 22:37:02

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### Re: 5 balls with 5 weighings

hi anna_gg

Welcome to the forum.

Five balls and five weighings.  Hhmmmmmm.  That doesn't sound difficult.

Just weigh each one independently.  Is there some other restiction?

Bob

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## #3 2012-01-11 23:06:20

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### Re: 5 balls with 5 weighings

Sorry Bob, I just clarified that we are using a balance scale!!

## #4 2012-01-11 23:09:15

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### Re: 5 balls with 5 weighings

Arrgg!  I had a feeling that might be the case.

Working on it.

Bob

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## #5 2012-01-12 04:14:36

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### Re: 5 balls with 5 weighings

I have gone through a similar problem "Again the puzzle of balls and scales", which is listed here under the same category, but can't follow the same analysis for the 5x5 problem...

## #6 2012-01-29 03:42:09

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### Re: 5 balls with 5 weighings

I started by weighing 2 vs 2, but we have 15 different possibilities:
1st plate     2nd plate
10+20=30,  30+40=70
10+20=30,  30+50=80
10+20=30,  40+50=90
10+30=40,  20+40=60
10+30=40,  20+50=70
10+30=40,  40+50=90
10+40=50,  20+30=50
10+40=50,  20+50=70
10+40=50,  30+50=80
20+30=50,  10+50=60
20+30=50,  40+50=90
10+50=60,  20+40=60
10+50=60,  30+40=70
20+40=60,  30+50=80
30+40=70,  20+50=70

In cases 7, 12 and 15 the scale balances,
but then what?

## #7 2012-01-29 15:44:20

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### Re: 5 balls with 5 weighings

Hi anna_gg;

You are correct about the 15 possibilities but on another forum that I am a member of there seems to be a solution. Unfortunately, I do not understand it. But at least it is possible.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.