# The big big elephant puzzle.

Question asked by nenuadwani in #Brainy Puzzles on Apr 3, 2011

nenuadwani 路 Apr 3, 2011

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There are two cities A and B 1000 km apart. An elephant is having 3000 bananas with him which he has to carry from city A to B. He can carry maximum of only 1000 bananas at a time and eats 1 banana after he travels 1km distance. find the maximum number of bananas that he finally caries to the destination (city B).

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lovejeet 路 Apr 3, 2011

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400 bananas approx.??????

Varsha0802 路 Apr 3, 2011

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OK now that's funny! Suppose he starts with 1000 bananas, and eats one banana after every one km. when reached 1000 kms, he is left with none. How will he come back to take other 2000 bananas (coz he is left with no more bananas)?

PS: If it sounds too silly, ignore it.

PS: If it sounds too silly, ignore it.

vipandeep 路 Apr 3, 2011

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1000 Bananas in his stomach

Varsha0802 路 Apr 3, 2011

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But how will he be able to carry all the bananas?

Farjand 路 Apr 3, 2011

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If the elephant carries 1000 bananas at a time, how can he take remaining 2000 bananas with him?

lovejeet 路 Apr 3, 2011

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@farjand, varsha0802- please apply a bit of your brains.............. there is nothing wrong with the question.....

it's not specified that the elephant travels 1000 km at once........

let he travels only 400 kms, drops 200 banana's there, comes back with remaining 400 bananas, repeats the procedure.......

and at last reaches the destination with 400 bananas............. correct me if i m wrong......

it's not specified that the elephant travels 1000 km at once........

let he travels only 400 kms, drops 200 banana's there, comes back with remaining 400 bananas, repeats the procedure.......

and at last reaches the destination with 400 bananas............. correct me if i m wrong......

Varsha0802 路 Apr 3, 2011

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Oh ok I got it now. I thought he has to travel whole distance at once. 400 is the correct answer. And ya, I never said there was anything wrong with the question.

nenuadwani 路 Apr 4, 2011

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sorry friends... 400 is not correct. 馃様

I think you will have to work out a little more...

hint- answer is greater than 400.

I think you will have to work out a little more...

hint- answer is greater than 400.

sushant ghatage 路 Apr 7, 2011

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may b 500..........nenuadwaniThere are two cities A and B 1000 km apart. An elephant is having 3000 bananas with him which he has to carry from city A to B. He can carry maximum of only 1000 bananas at a time and eats 1 banana after he travels 1km distance. find the maximum number of bananas that he finally caries to the destination (city B).

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ssrajmouli 路 Apr 11, 2011

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533 bananas

ssrajmouli 路 Apr 11, 2011

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In the first 200 kilometers, the elephant eats 1,000 bananas (5 bananas per kilometer). In the next 333 kilometers, the elephant eats 1,000 bananas approximately (3 bananas per kilometer). In the next 467 kilometer, the elephant eats 467 bananas (only 1 banana per kilometer). So, there will be 533 bananas in the end.

lovejeet 路 Apr 12, 2011

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didn't got the logic...................... please explain...............

ssrajmouli 路 Apr 15, 2011

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The distance between point A and point B is 1,000 kilometers. After travelling

Hope this is clear to you now.

**1 kilometer**from point A, you ask the elephant to unload 998 bananas and go back to point A. The elephant carries 1 banana with him to point A (that 1 banana will be eaten by the elephant after reaching point A). You will then ask the elephant to carry 1,000 bananas (the second set). After travelling 1 kilometer from point A, you ask the elephant to unload 998 bananas and go back to point A. The elephant carries 1 banana with him to point A (that 1 banana will be eaten by the elephant after reaching point A). You will then ask the elephant to carry 1,000 bananas (the third set). After travelling 1 kilometer from point A, you ask the elephant to unload 999 bananas. So, at this point you have 2,995 bananas at 1 kilometer from point A. In other words, the rate of banana consumption is 5 bananas per kilometer. You repeat this process until you reach point B. The rate of consumption decreases to 3 bananas per kilometer (after 200 kilometers). The rate of consumption decreases to 1 banana per kilometer (after 533 kilometers).Hope this is clear to you now.