# Challenge:Balancing problem

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You have $5$ boxes of coins.$4$ of them contain $10$ gm coins and $1$ of them contains $11$ gm coins.Assuming you can weigh any weight using a balance,can you spot the box with the $11$ gm coins by weighing only once?If yes,how?

Details and Assumptions: You can take coins out of the boxes if you like.

Note by Rahul Saha
7 years, 4 months ago

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Can I assume the boxes have no mass?

- 5 years, 10 months ago

You can, I suppose. Alternatively, you can assume the boxes have equal mass.

- 5 years, 10 months ago

By saying "You can take coins out of the boxes if you like", do you mean that we can take them out while they're being balanced? Obviously that'd make it damn easy. Explain that statement!

- 7 years, 3 months ago

That's very simple. If suppose the weight of the box weighed is 10 gm, then all the four boxes weighing 10 gm coins have equal number of coins. Just take the coins out of each box and count them.

- 7 years, 4 months ago

Can you explain more clearly what you mean?Also,I never said that the number of coins must be equal.Don't make unwarranted assumptions.

- 7 years, 4 months ago