OK...but remember you asked for it. And show your work.

A Yankee mixes a certain number of wooden nutmegs, which cost him 1/4 cent apiece, with a quantity of real nutmegs, worth 4 cents apiece and sells the whole assortment for $44; and gains $3.75 by the fraud. How many wooden nutmegs were there?

From Elements of Algebra, by D.H. Hill, professor of mathematics at Davidson College in North Carolina

Okay, okay, I got this. If wooden nutmegs is w, and real nutmegs is n, the equation we set up is (0.0025)(w)+(0.04)(n)=44.00, and (0.0025)(w)=3.75. You solve the second equation by dividing 3.75 by 0.0025, and you get 1500 wooden nutmegs...wait, did I do this right?

OK...but remember you asked for it. And show your work.

A Yankee mixes a certain number of wooden nutmegs, which cost him 1/4 cent apiece, with a quantity of real nutmegs, worth 4 cents apiece and sells the whole assortment for $44; and gains $3.75 by the fraud. How many wooden nutmegs were there?

From Elements of Algebra, by D.H. Hill, professor of mathematics at Davidson College in North Carolina

Welllll nowwww ... I say let some other shyster calculate precisely the degree of screwing by the Yankee. If he screwed me I'd do a southern version of Tony Soprano on him and take all his money along with his nutmegs. How much better off would he have been not to screw me ? Get out your calculator 'cause you only got like thirty seconds.

BJ

Last edited: Nov 22, 2018

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OK...but remember you asked for it. And show your work.

A Yankee mixes a certain number of wooden nutmegs, which cost him 1/4 cent apiece, with a quantity of real nutmegs, worth 4 cents apiece and sells the whole assortment for $44; and gains $3.75 by the fraud. How many wooden nutmegs were there?

From Elements of Algebra, by D.H. Hill, professor of mathematics at Davidson College in North Carolina

Yeah. Lets try to keep the drubbings to a minimum whenever possible.

Or as @Eleanor Rose so aptly quoted earlier: “In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.” ~Elwood P. Dowd

So, did I gain membership in the Official D.H. Hill Fan Club? Or does becoming a Knight of Edisto simultaneously mean membership in the Official D.H. Hill Fan Club? If need be, I wouldn't mind solving more algebra equations by Old Rawhide to prove my mathematical competence, though.

I chose maths as advanced course for my A-Levels. Many have called me weird since then.

And, by the way, I downloaded Hill's algrebra book from archive.org, fully intending to read it and solve all the equations. Haven't found the time just yet, though.

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