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Best Answer paxwill says
Thanks and good explanation.
Meg, you can solve it any way you like, and it's definitely not cheating to use a solving tool. The hardest part is probably setting up the equations. :)
Good point, that changes everything.
This problem is correctly stated. The twin daughters are not the same age as the son, though they all share a common birthday as noted in the original statement of the problem. :)
@Tina: That is not always true, you can see why using larger numbers. Example: 100^3 = 1000000 and 105^3 = 1157625, the ratio is 1.157625, much less than 6. Or 20*21*22 = 9240 and 25*26*27 = 17550, the ratio is less than 2.
Sorry, I didn't understand what you meant Tina, Paxwill's explanation is correct. The +5 product is much larger only when you start with very small numbers, such as 1 in your example. Start with larger numbers and the +5 product is not as big.
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