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Three hungry men and strategies for problem solving

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Watson, JM, Three hungry men and strategies for problem solving, For the Learning of Mathematics, 8, (3) pp. 20-26. ISSN 0228-0671 (1988) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 1988 FLM

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Abstract

Sometimes a problem starts out innocently, like the prover­bial mustard seed; but then it starts to grow and, Zap, you are engulfed by a mustard tree! So it was with the Three Hungry Men problem:

Three tired and hungry men went to sleep with a bag of apples. One man woke up, ate 1/3 of the apples, then went back to sleep Later a second man woke up and ate 1/3 of the remaining apples, then went back to sleep Finally, the third man woke up and ate 1/3 of the remaining apples. When he was finished there were 8 apples left How many apples were in the bag originally?

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:three hungry men, strategies for problem solving
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:137683
Year Published:1988
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Education
Deposited On:2020-02-27
Last Modified:2020-10-08
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