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Homework Help: Math

Posted by Josh on Friday, November 16, 2007 at 6:04pm.

Solve the following problem taken from Treviso Arithmetic, a math textbook published in 1478 by an unknown Italian author:

A man finds a purse with an unknown number of ducats in it. After he spends 1/4, 1/5 and 1/6 of the amount, 9 ducats remain. It is required to find out how much money was in the purse.

I'm a little bit vpnfused by the problem... am I spending 1/5 of the remaining 3/4? I just don't know where to even begin.

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