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Suppose 5 monkeys take 5 minutes to eat 5 bananas.
1. How many minutes would it take 4 monkeys to eat 4 bananas? Answer: 5
2. How many monkeys would it take to eat 25 bananas in 25 minutes? Answer: 5
Solution:
1. It would take 5 minutes for 4 monkeys to eat 4 bananas; and
2. it would take 5 monkeys 25 minutes to eat 25 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?
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