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The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment.

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Joan has 3 kids, twin girls and a boy who is 3 years younger than the twins. All 3 kids are under 10 years of age. Joan is 28 years old. Writing the kid's ages, youngest first, we get a three digit number. Joan's age is exactly divisible into this three digit number. The quotient of that division is equal to the sum of the ages of the 3 kids.

How old are the kids?

/ Let the age of the twins be y. Then the three digit number be (y-3)yy. And the sum of their ages is (y-3)+y+y. Now, 28 = [(y-3)yy]/[(y-3)+y+y] And y must be less than 10. By trial and error, If y=9, [(y-3)yy]/[(y-3)+y+y] = 699/24 is not equal to 28. If y=8, [(y-3)yy]/[(y-3)+y+y] = 588/21 = 28 is the correct value. Thus the twins are 8 years old, And the boy is y-3 = 8-3 = 5 years old.

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