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# Lots of Sheep

An Australian farmer dies and leaves his sheep to his three sons. Alfred is to get 20 percent more than John, and 25 percent more than Charles. John's share is 3600 sheep.

How many sheep does Charles get?

How many sheep does Charles get?

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3,456 SheepHide Answer Show Answer

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Dec 31, 2001

Am I misunderstanding the question? If Alfred gets 20% more than John and 25% more than Charles, Alfred gets 48 1/3%, John gets 28 1/3%, and Charles gets 25 1/3%. If John's 28 1/3% is 3600 sheep, doesn't Charles' 23 1/3% have to be 2964 12/17 sheep?

Dec 31, 2001

sorry, meant 23 1/3% for Charles in the second sentence

Even though you asked four years ago, I submitted a correction to answer your question.

I wonder why dufus had to be so complicated. you simply need to solve these two equations:

A=1.2 J

A=1.25 C

where A=Alfred's share, J John's(3600) and C Charles'. By solving first equation you get Alfred's share to be 4320 sheep. Then you substitute that in 2nd equation to get Charles' share as 3456

A=1.2 J

A=1.25 C

where A=Alfred's share, J John's(3600) and C Charles'. By solving first equation you get Alfred's share to be 4320 sheep. Then you substitute that in 2nd equation to get Charles' share as 3456

I just typed 3600*(6/5)*(4/5) into my calculator. Not much tease in this one.

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