# A monk has a very specific ritual for climbing up the steps to the temple. First he climbs up to the middle step........

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A monk has a very specific ritual for climbing up the steps to the temple. First he climbs up to the middle step and meditates for 1 minute. Then he climbs up 8 steps and faces east until he hears a bird singing. Then he walks down 12 steps and picks up a pebble. He takes one step up and tosses the pebble over his left shoulder. Now, he walks up the remaining steps three at a time which only takes him 9 paces.
How many steps are there?

posted Jul 11, 2016

48, solved using algebra

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Hi,
Kindly correct me if am wrong
No. of Steps =x
x/2+8-12+1+27=x
Now solve for x to get 48

Total Steps =60

lets say total steps = x

First he climbs up to the middle step , i.e. x/2
Then he climbs up 8 steps, i.e. x/2+8
Then he walks down 12 steps i.e. x/2+8-12
Then he takes one step up i.e. x/2+8-12+1

Now, he walks up the remaining steps 3 at a time which only takes him 9 paces. i.e. 3X9=27

Equating both the sides,
x/2+8-12+1 = 27
or, x/2 - 3 =27
or, x/2 = 30
thus, x=60

Hence total steps were 60

answer Jul 12, 2016 by anonymous
WRONG EQUATION:
Equating both the sides,
x/2+8-12+1 = 27
or, x/2 - 3 =27
or, x/2 = 30
thus, x=60

SHOULD BE:
x/2+8-12+1+27=x
X/2+24=X
X/2=X-24
X=2X-48
-X=-48
X=48

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