Peter asked John this question:” If it takes me 6 minutes to cut a log into 3 sections, how many minutes will it take for me to cut the log into 6 sections?”
John was very quick:” That’s easy. Since 3 sections take 6 minutes, 6 sections should take two groups of 6 minutes so it should be …..12 minutes.”
Friends, do you think that John is right?
The answer is no. This is why: In 6 minutes, he does two cuttings and these two cuttings turn the logs into 3 sections so each cutting takes 3 minutes on the average. To cut the log into 6 sections, Peter will need to do 5 cuttings. Since each cutting takes 3 minutes, 5 cuttings will take 5 groups of 3 minutes: 5×3=15 minutes
It will take Peter 15 minutes to cut the log into 6 sections.