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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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I have 4 marked weights with me and they all add up to 40 kg.

With a pair of scales, I can distribute any weighment from 1 to 40 kg(Whole numbers).

What are the four weights????

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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I think I've seen that one somewhere on this site before, but anyway, I've done this before so I won't say.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Ummm ... 1kg, and ...

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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1, 3, 9, and 27 kg

1 kg can be directly weighed

3-1=2, (Which means putting 3kg on the left pan and 1kg on the right,

2kg of material can be got)

3 can be directly weighed,

3+1=4,

9-(3+1)=5,

9-3=6,

(9+1)-3=7,

9-1=8,

9 can be directly weighed,

9+1=10

and so on.

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge - Enrico Fermi.

Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge - Stephen William Hawking.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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You solved it too quickly !

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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You solved it too quickly !

Some of us are a bit s....l...o....w

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Agreed,MIF. Some of us are so slow,that we reply 7 years later.

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