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Weekly Problem 42 - 2008

Stage: 3 Short Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

The highlight of Gill's fourth birthday party was a game of musical chairs. The game got down to herself, nurse and me. Only two chairs were left - the hard chair and the comfy chair, with a big gap between them. The music stopped and we all piled onto the nearest chair, some on top of one another. If Gill's bottom was firmly in contact with one of the two chairs, in how many different ways could this have happened?

 

If you liked this problem, here is an NRICH task which challenges you to use similar mathematical ideas.

 

 

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.

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