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3 guys check into a hotel... (Math Problem)

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by thecoldone06, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:46 PM
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    thecoldone06

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    Three guys check into a hotel room and the desk clerk charges them $30. Each guy pays $10 for the room. The manager tells the desk clerk that the room is only $25 and to give them back their $5. Because the desk clerk is stumped as how to split $5 three ways, he decides to give each guy back $1 and pocket the extra $2.

    If each guy gets back $1, then they each paid $9. If 9 x 3 = 27 plus the $2 from the desk clerks pocket, thats $29. Where did the extra dollar go? :confused:
     
  2. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:49 PM
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  3. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:49 PM
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    to the hotel...they shouldve each only paid like $8.33...so essentially they each overpaid and the hotel pockets the extra?
     
  4. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:50 PM
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    tigerfan00

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    my previous answer is incorrect...


    someone had to tip the hooker
     
  5. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:51 PM
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    In the clerks pocket

    It's the wording. Don't pay attention to the $27 figure. Concentrate on this.

    $30 paid.

    $25 Acutal cost of room due to discount

    $5 owed

    $1 dollar to each

    $2 for the clerk.

    The mythical figure of $27 ASSUMES that the cost of the room was actually $27 due to the refund of $1 per man (it should have been 25 due to the multiple occupant discount, The number 27 was never mentioned by "motel personel"). Look only at the original price and the actual discount price of $30 and $25 respectively. If you do that, the math should make sense

    30 dollars paid

    25 dollars actual cost of room

    5 Dollars total refund

    3 dollars total to the salesmen

    2 dollars to the clerk

    Hence an algebraic formula ((30-5)+3)+2)=30

    (25+3)+2=30

    28+2=30

    Or:

    x=$30, total paid by salesmen

    y=$25 cost of room with multiple occupancy discount

    z=$5 Total amount of refund due salesmen

    a=$2 Amount kept by clerk

    b=$3 Actual amount refunded to salesmen

    Which gives you (((x-z)+b)+a)=x

    Now isn't that much simpler?
     
  6. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:52 PM
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    :laugh: :rofl:

    To be honest I don't know the answer, it's just math that doesn't work. :confused:
     
  7. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:53 PM
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    There is no extra dollar. The $2 should have been subtracted from the $27 to equal $25

    Holding back on sarcastic comment for the Family Audience viewing this at home.
     
  8. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:53 PM
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    Very nice! :cheers:
     
  9. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:54 PM
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    copy and paste.. :laugh:
     
  10. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:54 PM
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    It's that damn "new math"...
     
  11. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:55 PM
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    nerd
     
  12. Mar 24, 2009 at 2:55 PM
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    Glad you straightened that out for us Del;)
     
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    aren't you the software engineer?

    :laugh: :rofl:
     
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    Software Engineer, yes. Hotel Management Mathematics, no.
     
  17. Mar 24, 2009 at 3:00 PM
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    They forgot the last letter of the greek alphabet... "Sir". Or at least that's the alphabet I learned in college........ :)
     
  19. Mar 24, 2009 at 4:43 PM
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    its bad math, they paid $25, not $30.
    "If each guy gets back $1" = -$1
    "plus the $2 from the desk clerks pocket" = +$2

    you are supposed to subtract the $2 from the clerk not add it. if you do that, then you get the $25 for the cost of the room.
     
  20. Mar 24, 2009 at 5:18 PM
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