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We then note that every weight weighs one unit more than the sum of all weights smaller than itself; if two collections of weights differ, the largest weight which is present in the one but not in the other cannot be replaced by any collection of smaller weights: so different collections will always weigh different amounts. Each weight-independently-can be either in the weighing pan (and in the collection), or not in the pan (and missing from the collection); and our convention for a zero weighing allows all to be simultaneously absent.

In all the three cases, we shall be interested to know the maximum number of coins for which these questions can be answered, after various numbers of weighings. About false coins, in double-column We first take the case of the equal-arm beam balance without weights, and consider how to find an efficient procedure for successively reducing the numbers of suspect coins, until finally we either find one with a 26 False Coins and Trial Balances known type of defect, or dse prove all of the coins to be good.

If now a point 0 represents the case of no false coin, the point for a false coin offinite weight must lie somewhere on the straight line which joins the point 0 to the point labelled with the symbol for the coin concerned. The weighing procedure must therefore be chosen to give separate joins between the point 0 and each of the other thirteen points, as in our figure. Only the point 0 is changed if we select weighing procedures differently, one each from our thirteen possible pairs: and unless we 39 Puzzles alld Paradoxes have net overbalances of one, three, and nine coins in the different weighings of our selected programme, the point 0 will lie on the join of some other points, which will represent coins whose errors cannot then be distinguished from each other.