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A toad climbs the stairs 2008-01-22
From Kate:
The question is: A small toad is sitting at the bottom of the stairs. He wants to get to the 10th step, but is having some difficulty. He jumps up 2 steps and then back 1 each time. How many jumps will he take to reach the 10th step?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom.
Frogs and lily pads 2000-01-23
From Nick:
There are 5 lily pads and 4 frogs, 2 Red and 2 Green, how many moves does it take for them to swap sides?
Answer: 8

I have a formula which will tell you how many moves it will take with different total numbers of frogs, it is [(F*F)/4]+F Where F is the number of red frogs add the number of Green frogs. This formula only works with numbers of frogs that are the same on each side. What I would like to know is why this formula works and why you have to divide it by 4?

Answered by Penny Nom.



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