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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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**A deck of 52 playing cards is cut into three separate piles.**

**In the first pile there are three times as many Blacks as Reds.**

**In the second pile there are three times as many Reds as Blacks.**

**In the third pile there are twice as many Blacks as Reds.**

**How many cards of each colour are there in each of the three piles?**

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**krassi_holmz****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-12-02
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I get this:

IPBLE: Increasing Performance By Lowering Expectations.

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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B[sub]1[/sub]+R[sub]1[/sub]+B[sub]2[/sub]+R[sub]2[/sub]+B[sub]3[/sub]+R[sub]3[/sub]=52

B[sub]1[/sub]=3R[sub]1[/sub]

3B[sub]2[/sub]=R[sub]2[/sub]

B[sub]3[/sub]=2R[sub]3[/sub]

Then ... ?

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**krassi_holmz****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-12-02
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Rob, you are forgeting something: this is a diophantine equation. the numbers are integers.

here are all the solutions:

*Last edited by krassi_holmz (2006-02-27 01:18:36)*

IPBLE: Increasing Performance By Lowering Expectations.

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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krassi_holmz,

Have you taken B1+B2+B3=26 and R1+R2+R3=26 in all your solution sets? I see grom the GIF image that there are many cases where this isn't true (I have not examined all of the solutions yet), which means the solution sets are not acceptable

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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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Using the two equations Ganesh posted:

x, y, z are the three piles, xr is the number of red cards in x.

8xr + 5zr = 26

This is only true for integers when xr = 4, so xr = 4 and zr = 4. Thus, yr = 18

xr = 4, so xb = 12

yr = 18, so yr = 6

zr = 4, so zb = 8

x = 4+12 = 16

y = 18 + 6 = 24

z = 8 + 4 = 12

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Well done, Ricky

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