Tell The Number Of Chickens

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How Many Chicken Maths Problem

A farmer sold a few chickens to four different customers on a particular day. It was such that each customer purchased half of the remaining chickens and a half chicken more.

Can you find out how many chicken were sold by the farmer on that day if we tell you that the fourth customer bought a single chicken ?

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    A total of 15 chickens were sold by the farmer.

    We know that the fourth customer bought just one from the total chickens. Thus, we can form the equation:
    Total – (Total / 2 + 1/2) = 1
    If you solve it, you will find that the total is 3.

    Now, we can keep working this method till we reach the first customer.

    The 1st customer bought 15 / 2 + 1/2 = 8 (leaving 7)
    The 2nd customer bought 7 / 2 + 1/2 = 4 (leaving 3)
    The 3rd customer bought 3 / 2 + 1/2 = 2 (leaving 1)
    The 4th customer bought 1 / 2 + 1/2 = 1

    When we add the numbers, we get
    8 + 4 + 2 + 1 = 15.

    ronret45 Expert Answered on 8th August 2015.
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