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Crossing the bridge problem Add Video

Students of KHMS demonstrated the solution of following problem: Four friends need to cross a bridge. They start on the same side of the bridge. A maximum of two people can cross at any time. It is night and they have just one lamp. People that cross the bridge must carry the lamp to see the way. A pair must walk together at the rate of the slower person: Rachel: - takes 1 minute to cross Ben: - takes 2 minutes to cross George: - takes 7 minutes to cross Yvonne: - takes 10 minutes to cross The second fastest solution gets the friends across in 21 minutes. The fastest takes 17 minutes. Can you work out how it is done?

Posted by Rashmi Kathuria on October 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM 848 Views

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