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comment How many bananas can a camel deliver without eating them all?
the most important observation in solving this problem is that the stopping points should be optimized to a multiple of 1000 bananas, since that is the upper capacity of the camel and optimal. From that, I just fiddled with numbers I guess.
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comment How many bananas can a camel deliver without eating them all?
So I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the collective hive-mind of the internet would be able to find my 9th grade solution - mixedmath, you nailed it. The shocking thing is that the solution in the puzzle book had the stops at 250 km and 500 km, yielding 500 km as the answer, and nobody else including the teacher knew any better!
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comment How many bananas can a camel deliver without eating them all?
@Rasmus good question, this is up to interpretation, but I'm inclined to say you can treat 1 banana/km the same way you treat mileage in a vehicle (consumed at a steady rate)
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comment How many bananas can a camel deliver without eating them all?
@Dominguez, returning to the factory is not a requirement
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comment How many bananas can a camel deliver without eating them all?
@Sriva if you have edit privileges feel free.
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comment How many bananas can a camel deliver without eating them all?
@Qiaochu The camel will die without his bananas! And he must eat 1 banana during each km of travel, he cannot eat them pre-emptively, his belly only fits 1 banana.
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