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Old 06-06-2012, 11:19 PM
 
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Ok, so currently I have only excelled to a 11th grade math level and I'm pretty good at understanding equations and theorems but I have come across a real life issue and do not have the math skills/ experience to solve it.

Here it is:


Lets say I have 18,000 fish of an equal pattern of 10 colours.


Green
Purple
Black
Yellow
Blue
Pink
Gray
Orange
Brown

...

White ( you get the idea )

Everytime the pattern makes it to white from green it starts over, until we have hit 18,000 fish.

Soooo ... If I start with green and went through the process of counting "which I dare not try" 18,000 fish, staying on the pattern of 10 colours which colour would I land end with?


Now I have thought about this for a few weeks now and I really will just feel dumb if this is just super easy division or something ( which I feel that it could be but can't rap my mind around it ) but if so, so be it, I really need the answer, rather the process to figure it out.


There isn't a Math Forum, so I just thought this was the next best place.

Merci in advance,
- Monsieur Armoneaux de Louisiana
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:42 AM
 
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Lets give each color a number, 1-10. If you have 18000 fish, you will count to 10 exactly 1800 times, and the last iteration you will count the 10th fish last, in your case white.

It worked out so easy because 18000 is divisible by 10. If you had 18,005 fish, then you would count to 10 1800 times as before, but then count to 5, so the fifth fish would be the last one counted. The concept is based on the idea of a 'remainder' as it is used in gradeschool long division. Alternatively, you could think of it as converting a ratio into a mixed number, with the numerator of the fraction being the number of the fish.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:36 AM
 
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"I have come across a real life issue and do not have the math skills/ experience to solve it.
Here it is:
Lets say I have 18,000 fish of an equal pattern of 10 colours."

Dude, WHAT reality do you live in down there????
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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"I have come across a real life issue and do not have the math skills/ experience to solve it.
Here it is:
Lets say I have 18,000 fish of an equal pattern of 10 colours."

Dude, WHAT reality do you live in down there????
Lol, don't ask but its just an example I'm really dealing with crawfish ... hahaha no just kidding.
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