Puzzle:

If you started a business in which you earned Rs.1 on the first day, Rs.3 on the second day, Rs.5 on the third day, Rs.7 on the fourth day, & so on.

How much would you have earned with this business after 50 years (assuming there are exactly 365 days in every year)?

Answer:

Rs.333,062,500

To begin with, you want to know the total number of days: 365 x 50 = 18250.

By experimentation, the following formula can be discovered, & used to determine the amount earned for any particular day: 1 + 2(x-1), with x being the number of the day. Take half of the 18250 days, & pair them up with the other half in the following way: day 1 with day 18250, day 2 with day 18249, & so on, & you will see that if you add these pairs together, they always equal Rs.36500.

Multiply this number by the total number of pairs (9125), & you have the amount you would have earned in 50 years.

Math gurus may use series formula to solve it.(series: 1,3,5,7,9,11.....upto 18250 terms)

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