ryancl_nguyen wrote:

3 guys wanted to rent a single motel room

the room costed $30

so the 3 men decided to split the cost into $10 a person

the hotel manager made a mistake

It was $25 for a room instead of $30

the hotel manager gave $5 change to the bus boy to return to the 3 men

the bus boy said 'how can i split $5 into 3 guys?

so he stole $2 from the $5 and had $3 left, he gave $1 of that $3 to each of those guys

therefore each man ended up paying $9 instead of $10

3 X 9 = 27

27 + 2 (the $2 the bus boy stole) = 29

heres the question

where did $1 disapear to ????

man i cant solve it

I'm an english major, and I hate math. This question was driving me crazy though - so I asked

Daichitenski (who is, in fact a math major). This is what she came up with:

"well the $1 is still there it's just the way they presented the total:

heres what the guys payed 3($10)=$30

10 = (9+1) and 30= 25 bill and 5 change

3(9+1)=25+5

3(9+1)=25+(3+2)

27+3=25+(3+2)

because the total they paid was 27 the room and the doorman so the only $ not accounted for is the $3 change.......so there was no reason to add the 2 cuz it was already accounted for......

hope that helps......cuz mathematically it works just not logically."