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Suppose 5 monkeys take 5 minutes to eat 5 bananas.

1. How many minutes would it take 3 monkeys to eat 3 bananas?
Answer: 5

2. How many monkeys would it take to eat 10 bananas in 10 minutes?
Answer: 5

Solution:

1. It would take 5 minutes for 3 monkeys to eat 3 bananas; and

2. it would take 5 monkeys 10 minutes to eat 10 bananas.

Food for thought:

What assumptions are made in arriving at the solution?

Does one assume that 5 monkeys take 1 minute to eat 1 banana and that all bananas are consumed at the same pace?

Or does one assume that 1 monkey takes 5 minutes to eat 1 banana and that all monkeys eat at the same pace?

Think it over!


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