Date: Wed, 5 May 1999 19:46:44 -0700
dear mathcentral,
my name is belinda. please respond to my question. i'm in 5th grade. my teacher asked this question: what are two ways you can make 48 cents out of 6 coins? i could only figure out one way. please help.


Hi Belinda
It's clearly a trick question. 3 pennies are needed and it's clear that there is a unique way to make 45 cents using 3 coins. How about giving somebody 2 dimes, a nickel, and a quarter and receiving 2 pennies in change?



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