this is my first time asking a question here, so sorry in advance if there's anything wrong with the format or place this is posted in.
The problem I need to solve is written as the following: "Four people want to cross a bridge on a very dark night. They all begin on the same side and want to do the crossing as quickly as possible. A maximum of two persons can cross the bridge at one time. Any group that crosses, either 1 or 2 people, must have a flashlight with them. There is only one flashlight. The flashlight must be walked back and forth, it cannot be thrown. Each person walks at a different speed. A pair must walk together at the rate of the slower person’s pace, no one can be carried. Person A takes 1 minute to cross, person B takes 2 minutes, person C takes 5 minutes, and person D takes 10 minutes. What is the least amount of time needed to get all four people across the bridge?"
Here's how I solved it:
Since each person inevitably has to cross the bridge, the only fact we can manipulate is that someone has to come back each time to get the next person.
A and D cross first, then A goes back. A and B cross second, then A goes back. A and C cross third. In total, that gives me (10+1=11) + (2+1=3) + (5) 19 minutes.
The T.A. in class, though, said 19 was an incorrect answer.