1. Hank Harwell

    Hi: The solution to the Monkey and Pirates’ coconuts problem you posted three years ago (on 9/21/2009) was beautifully written and solved elegantly! Just wondering why (if I understand correctly) the last division was for the fifth pirate, rather than a final (6th) one for all of them (monkey included) in the morning.

    I am not a professional mathematician by any means, and have attempted to work this problem from the top, pausing each time to note the share taken, one given to the monkey and the remainder of the original pile. The rational fractions simply express possible solutions, not necessarily an actual one.

    If you are still ‘out there,’ I’d appreciate your observations.

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