How to Develop Effective Thinking through Puzzles

While going through an online course on EDX (Massive Open Online Courses) named Effective Thinking through Mathematics with Professor Michael Starbird, I came across couple of interesting puzzles. This course basically talks about how one can improve his thinking and make it very effective using mathematical reasoning in decision making. I am sharing those with you here in this post.

Puzzle 1: Gem in the Stone

Here are nine identical-looking stones. One can’t differentiate any one from the others. Eight of the stones weigh the same, but one of the stone containing the jewel weighs slightly more than the others

For your help you have got 2 balance scales. You may use each of the two balance scales exactly once. Is it possible for you to select the slightly heavier stone containing the gem (jewel) from among the nine identical-looking stones? Explain why or why not.

Vineet Patawari

Hi, I'm Vineet Patawari. I fell in love with numbers after being scared of them for quite some time. Now, I'm here to make you feel comfortable with numbers and help you get rid of Math Phobia!

2 thoughts to “How to Develop Effective Thinking through Puzzles”

1. SACHIN says:

Puzzle 1: Gem in the Stone
Take 3 and 3 sets in first scale
if not equal then heavy sets one one ball in 2nd scale and u will get the ans
if equal then replace one ball in each balance with rest lot and you will get the ans