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Out on my street, there are a certain number of pigeons sitting on telephone poles. If there were exactly 2 pigeons sitting on each telephone pole, then 1 pigeon would have no space to sit on. If there were exactly 3 pigeons sitting on each telephone pole, then there would be 1 telephone pole with no pigeons on. How many pigeons were there?

  • math - , Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 10:20am

    If there are n poles,
    2n+1 = 3(n-1)
    n=4

    so, 4 poles, 9 birds

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