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RULE. 1. Take any number and perform the same operation with it, as is described to be performed in the question.

2. Then say; as the result of the operation : is to the given sum in the question :: so is the supposed number : to the true one required.

The method of proof is by substituting the answer in the question.


Result, 37

1. A schoolmaster being asked how many scholars he had, said, If I had as many more as I now have, half as many, one-third and one-fourth as many, I should then have 148; How many scholars had he ?

Suppose he nad 12 As 57 : 148 : : 12 : 48 Ans.
as many

as many

} as many = 4

* as many


Proof, 148 2. What number is that which being increased by t, j, and I of itself, the sum will be 125 ? Ans. 60.

3. Divide 93 dollars between A, B and C, so that B's share may be half as much as A's, and C's share three times as much as B's.

Ans. A's share $51, B's 815), and C's 8463. 4. A, B and C, joined their stock and gained 360 dols. of whichi A took up a certain sum, B took 3 times as much as A, and C took up as inuch as A and B both; what share of the gain had each ?

Ins. A $40, B 8140, and C $180. 5. Delivered to a banker a certain sum of money, to receive interest for the same at 6l. per cent. per annum, simple interest, and at the end of twelve years received 7311. principal and interest together; what was the sum delivered hiin at first?

Ans. £425. 6. A vessel has S cocks, A, B and C; A can fill it in 1 hour, B in 2 hours and C in 4 hours ; in what time will they all fill it together?

Ans. 34min. 17 sec.

DOUBLE POSITION, TEACHES to resolve questions by making two suppo sitions of false numbers.*

RULE. 1. Take any two convenient numbers, and proceed with each according to the conditions of the question.

2 Find how much results are different from the results in the question.

3. Multiply the first position by the last error, and the last position by the first error.

4. If the errors are alike, divide the difference of the products by the difference of the errors, and the quotient will be the answer.

5. If the errors are unlike, divide the sum of the products by the sum of the errors, and the quotient will be the answer.

Note.The errors are said to be alike when they are, both tou great, or both too small; and unlike, when ona is too great, and the other too small.

1. A purse of 100 dollars is to be divided among 4 men, A, B, C and I), so that B may have 4 dollars niore than A, and C 8 dollars more than B, and D twice as many as C; what is each one's share of the money ? 1st. Suppose A6

2d. Suppose A8 B 10

B 12
C 18

C 90
D S6

D 40


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* Thuso questions, in which the results are not proporre tional to their positions, belong to this rule ; such as those in which the number sought is increased or diminished by some given number, which is no known part of the number


The errors bang alike, are both too small, therefore, ,

Pos. Err.
6 30

A 19
B 16
C 24

D 48 8 20

Proof 100 940 120 120


10) 120(12 A's part.

2. A, B and C, built a house which cost 500 dolars, of which A paid a certain sum; B paid :0 dollars more than A, and C paid as much as A and B both ; how much did each man pay?

Ans. A paid $120, B 8130, and C 8250. 3. Å man bequeathed 1001. to three of his friends, after this manner : the first must have a certain portion, the second must have twice as much as the first, warting 8h and the third must have three times as much as the first, wanting 15l. ; I demand how much each man must have ?

Ans. The first £20 10s. second £33, third 646 108.

4. A laborer was hired 60 days upon this condition ; that for every day he wrought he should receive 4s. and for every day he was idle should forfeit 28.; at the expıration of the time he received 71. 10s. ; how many days did he work, and how inany was he idle ?

Ans. He wrought 45 days, and was tdle 15 days. 5. What number is that which being increased by its }, its t, and 18 more, will be doubled ? Ans. 72.

6. A man gave to his three sons all his estate in money, viz. to F hall, wanting 50l. to G one-third, and to H the rest, which was 101. less than the share of G; I denand the sum given, and each man's past? Ans. the sum given was £360, wherenf F had £150,

G 120, and H. 110

7. Two men, A and B, lay out equal sums of money in trade; A gains 126l. and B looses 871 and A's money 18 now double to B's; what did each lay out?

Ans. £900. 8. A farmer having driven his cattle to market. .eceiv. ed for them all 1301. being paid for every ox 71. for every cow 5l. and for every calf il. 10s. there were twice as many cows as oxen, and three times as many caives as cows; how many were there of each sort?

Ans. 5 oxen, 10 cows, and 30 calves. 9. A, B and C, playing at cards, staked 324 crowns; but disputing about tricks, each man took as many as he could : A got a certain number; B as many as A and 15 more; C got a 5th part of both their sums added togeth

did each get?

Ans. A got 1274, B 142), C 54. .

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PERMUTATION OF QUANTITIES, Is the shewing how many different ways any given number of things may be changerl.

To find the number of Permutations or changes, that can be made of any given number of things, all different from each other

RULE. Multiply all the terms of the natural series of numbers from one up to the given number, continually together, and the last product will be the answer required.



1. How many changes can be

il a b c made of the three first letters of

2 the alphabet ?

3 bac Proof,

4 bc a

5 cb a 1x2x3=6 Ans.

6 ca b 2. How many changes may be rung on 9 bells ?

Ans. 362880.

3. Seven gentlemen met at an inn, and were so well pleased with their host, and with each other, that they agreed to tarry so long as they, together with their host, could sit every day in a different position at dinner ; how long must they have staid at said inn to have fulfilled their agreement ?

Ans. 110179 years.




CASE I. To find the amount of an annuity, or Pension, in arrears,

at Compound Interest.

RULE. 1. Make 1 the first term of a geometrical progression, and the amount of $1 or £1 for one year, at the given Fate per

cent. the ratio. 2. Carry on the series up to as many terms as the given number of years, and find its sum.

3. Multiply the sum thus found, by the given annuity, and the product will be the amount sought.

1. If 125 dols. yearly rent, or annuity, be forborne, (or unpaid) 4 years; what will it amount to, at 6 per cent. per annum, compound interest?

1+1,06+1,1236+1,191016=4,374616 sum of the seriss.*-Then, 4,374616X125=8546,827 the amount sought.

OR BY TABLE II. Multiply the Tabular number under the rate and opposite to the time, by the annuity, and the product will be the amount sought.


* The sum of the series thus found, is the amount of 11. or 1 dollar annuity, for the given time, which may

be found in Table II. ready calculated.

Hence, either the amount or present worth of annuities may be readily found by Tables

for that purpose.

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