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

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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

There are 49 steps.

He hears the bird singing on step 33. He picks up the pebble on the 21st step and tosses it on the 22nd step. The remaining 27 steps are taken three at a time which is 9 pac

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