Share A Sheep
Old MacDonald had
a farm. You’ve probably heard someone sing about it.
Anyway, the time
came when Jim (as his wife called him) decided to share out his livestock
between his three sons, so they could become independent to some degree.
worked in the City for a firm of Stockbrokers. She didn’t like livestock.)
Now, Jim had
always said that he would divide up his livestock by giving his eldest son a
half share, his middle son a quarter share, and his youngest son a
It was clear he
couldn’t solve this one on his own, so his neighbour, Old MacDuff, offered Jim
one of his own sheep to make the numbers a bit easier.
Can you work your
way through the calculations, and say whether MacDuff’s extra sheep helped
Old MacDonald then
gave the spare sheep back to his neighbour…
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