1. ## Who made the least?

There are two groups of people and each group has three people in them.

In the first group, there are Alan, Bert, and Craig.
In the second group, there are Xavier, Yun, and Zack.

All six people made some money, Alan made $a, Bert made$b, Craig made $c, Xavier made$x, Yun made y, and zack made $z. We know: a<b<c and x<y<z c<z abc= xyz a+b+c=x+y+z Who made the least amount and why? I can use ab>zy to show that b>z, but I get stuck here. Can anyone help me out? 2. Originally Posted by Redbeard There are two groups of people and each group has three people in them. In the first group, there are Alan, Bert, and Craig. In the second group, there are Xavier, Yun, and Zack. All six people made some money, Alan made$a, Bert made $b, Craig made$c, Xavier made $x, Yun made y, and zack made$z.

We know:
a<b<c and x<y<z
c<z
abc= xyz
a+b+c=x+y+z
Who made the least amount and why?
I can use ab>zy to show that b>z, but I get stuck here. Can anyone help me out?
It's between a and x.

TAKE #1
a = x (yz)/(bc)
We need to decide if (yz)/(bc) is greater than 1 or less than 1 in order to find the magnitude of a relative to x.
(yz)/(bc) = (y/b)(z/c) > y/b since z/c > 1

TAKE #2
On the other hand:
a = x + y + z - b - c
We need to decide us y + z - b - c is positive or negative.
Since b > z (by your work), we have:

y + z - b - c < y + z - z - c = y - c
If y - c is negative, then we are done: a is less than x since y + z - b - c would be less than a negative number, thus negative, thus x + negative = a.

Let's see how y relates to c.

We know that:
b + y < z + c
y-c < z - b < 0
So y - c < 0 --> y < c

So a is the least amount.

I hope this makes sense.

3. Oops I screwed up in the OP. What i meant to say was:

I can use ab>xy to show that b>x. Clearly b cannot be >z because b<c<z.

But I do see where I need to go with the problem, though I'm not quite sure yet how this changes Take#2.

4. Originally Posted by Redbeard
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a<b<c and x<y<z

c<z

abc= xyz

a+b+c=x+y+z
If the composite abc = xyz, then xyz is a re-arrangement of the factors of abc.
Since they are equal it implies that we are working with whole pennies.
a = $\displaystyle p_1 \times p_2 \times p_3$
b = $\displaystyle p_4 \times p_5 \times p_6$
c = $\displaystyle p_7 \times p_8 \times p_9$
(a,b,c could have more or less than 3 factors each)

The products are equal and the sums are equal and the values of each are given relative to the others.

That almost suggests that there is a unique solution.

5. There is no unique solution.
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