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Brainteaser: Wolf, Goat and Cabbage Problem

I just read a Mathematic book and saw this Wolf, Goat and Cabbage problem. I decided to let my kids work on it. It turned out that my kids have already read the puzzle and solved it. But I still asked them to write and draw, just to practice their English writing skill. Well, to be exact, it’s copywork skill.

Do you know about this brainteaser? I read that it’s a river crossing puzzle that was from 8th or 9th century. The story is about a man can only take one thing with him on the boat to cross the river. There are three things, wolf, goat and a basket of cabbages. He couldn’t leave the goat with the cabbages as the goat would eat the cabbages. If he leaves the wolf with the goat, the wolf would eat the goat. So he has to find a solution to bring all three things across the river.

You can use this simple simulation to test out the solution: MathCats


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