Question: You have found a mutant algae that doubles in size every hour. It takes 18 hours for one algae plant to take up half of a certain lake.
How long would it take for two of these plants to take up half of the same lake?
Answer: 17 hours. At 17 hours the one plant will take up 1/4 of the lake (1/2 of 1/2). At 17 hours the two plants would be double the size of the one plant and double 1/4 is one half.
Question: Hard, Harder, and Hardest are brothers. By age from youngest to oldest, it goes Hard, Harder, Hardest. Hard is half the age of Hardest who is 20 which means hard is 10. Harder has a two-year difference between the number of years older he is than Hard and the number of years younger he is than Hardest. Harder is closer to the age of Hard than Hardest. How old is Harder?