## Compensating Errors

The class had been given a sum to do, involving three positive whole numbers (‘positive’ here means ‘greater than zero). During the break, two classmates compared notes.

“Oops, I added the three numbers instead of multiplying them,” said George.

“You are lucky, then,” said Henrietta. “It’s the same answer either way.”

What were the three numbers? What would they have been if there had been only two of them, or four of them, again with their sum equal to their product?”

More later,

Nalin Pithwa

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## 5 Comments

The three numbers are 1,2 and 3 because-

1 + 2 + 3 = 6

1 x 2 x 3 = 6

Yes, but please solve the other cases also. Good keep it up!!

Yes sir….. For the twos it could be 2&2 as 2*2& 2+2=4

I am not sure about the fours sir…… I could find the fives- 1,1,1,3,3

1+1+1+3+3=9

1*1*1*3*3=9

Two of them wold mean two twos (2+2 & 2*2)

Four would mean one, one, two and eight (1+1+2+4=8=1*1*2*4)

Four would mean one, one, two and four

Typo in the last comment