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Bees and Flowers in a Pond

Bees and Flowers in a Pond
In a pond there are some flowers with some bees hovering over the flowers. How many flowers and bees are there if both the following statements are true: 1. If each bee lands on a flower, one bee doesn’t get a flower. 2. If two bees share each flower there is one flower left out.

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4 guesses to Bees and Flowers in a Pond


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  • Matt

    3 Flowers, 4 Bees

    1st Scenario (1 bee per flower)
    F – B
    F – B
    F – B
    No – B

    2nd Scenario (2 bees per flower)
    F – BB
    F – BB
    F – No

  • brent

    Yes, I get the same number as Matt. I used the following math:
    1) F = B – 1
    2) F = B/2 + 1
    Equating these two:
    B – 1 = B/2 + 1 (Multiply each side by 2)
    2B – 2 = B + 2 (subtract B from each side)
    B – 2 = 2 (add 2 to each side)
    B = 4
    Plug into 1) above
    F = 4 – 1
    F = 3
    Double-check with 2) above
    F = 4/2 + 1
    F = 3

    So Bees = 4 and Flowers = 3.

  • Margot

    4 bees, 3 flowers

  • Brent, you are today’s winner!
    4 bees and 3 flowers.