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Thread: Word problem, can anyone find more than 1 solution?

  1. #1
    WildBlueYonder
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    Word problem, can anyone find more than 1 solution?

    where both sides are equal, 1=1

    Using parameters of this verse to set up the word problem


    If No Will Is Left*
    [4:11] GOD decrees a will for the benefit of your children;
    a. the male gets twice the share of the female*.
    b. If the inheritors are only women, more than two, they get two-thirds of what is bequeathed.
    c. If only one daughter is left, she gets one-half.
    d. The parents of the deceased get one-sixth of the inheritance each, if the deceased has left any children.
    e. If he left no children, and his parents are the only inheritors, the mother gets one-third.
    f. If he has siblings, then the mother gets one-sixth.
    g. All this, after fulfilling any will the deceased has left, and after paying off all debts. When it comes to your parents and your children, you do not know which of them is really the best to you and the most beneficial. This is GOD's law. GOD is Omniscient, Most Wise.
    English quran
    http://www.submission.org/suras/sura4.html
    I can only find 1 scenario where the above math works
    b.+d.=100%
    2 daughters =4/6
    2 parents =2/6
    Total =6/6


    All else fail, see below:
    Example 2, c.+d. != 100%
    1 Daughter =3/6
    2 parents =2/6
    1 Widow = 0
    Total =5/6

    My family, a. +d. != 100%
    4 boys =48/84
    1 girl =6/84
    2 parents =28/84
    Widow =0
    Total =82/84

    Math explained by an Islamic expert
    http://www.islam101.com/sociology/inheritance.htm

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    I'm not sure that the problem isn't defined enough to be interesting maths.

    It seems that in most cases, there will be some residue after the instructions are followed. It is not stated what should happen to that residue. Presumably, it goes to the same place as the estate of someone with no inheritors who dies intestate... probably the State, a charity, or religious organisation.

    For example - if the inheritors are only women, what happens to the remaining 1/3 of the estate? Presumably, it goes to the State.

    Are you looking for solutions with no residue?

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    WildBlueYonder
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Are you looking for solutions with no residue?
    yes, I was hoping that there were less obvious answers that would result in 1=1

    I was assuming that something was more hidden?

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