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    SaDeeMae11 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Dec 17, 2012, 09:31 PM
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    It took 12 minutes to cut a log into 3 pieces. How many minutes will it take to cut it into 4 pieces. The answer is not 16.
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    Dec 17, 2012, 09:53 PM
    How many times do you cut in order to make three pieces?
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    Dec 18, 2012, 03:10 AM
    This is a variation on what is called the fence post problem. If you are building a 100' fence with posts 5' apart, you have 20 spaces but 21 posts.
    Sort of conversely with this problem, you have 3 pieces but only made 2 cuts. So how long did each of those take?
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    Dec 18, 2012, 03:35 AM
    answer is 18...

    took u 12 minutes to make 2 cuts (3 pieces)
    so, for 3 cuts (4 pieces) the solutions is (3*12)/2 = 18 minutes,,

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