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I II III With these coins off the scales put these in the left pan and these in the right pan DHKX EKGY FGHZ AEFZ BFDX CDEY BCGY CAHZ ABKX TABLE 2c After this we can interpret our results as follows, in terms of the rows of our earlier table: If there is no balance in any weighing, the bad coin was weighed three times, and must be from the set corresponding to the first row. There must either be two L's and one R, or two R's and one L (since LLL and RRR are impossible). In the first event there is a light coin, in the 24 False Coins and Trial Balances second there is a heavy coin.

UNBALANCE reduces the doubtful coins to the two overweight suspects from the descending pan, together with the underweight suspect from the ascending pan; and one of these three must be a bad coin. Proceed to (CI). BALANCE reduces the doubtful coins to the two unweighed underweight suspects, one of which must be a bad coin. Proceed to (C2). (B2): After a BALANCE in (A), weigh three doubtful coins against three of the proved good co illS, leaving olle doubtftll coin off the scales. UNBALANCE reduces the doubtful coins to three which are now suspect for only one of the types of error-overweight if they descended, underweight if they ascended: and one of these is definitely a bad coin.

In other cases our first task is to establish which coin is the odd coin; and we must find a way which does this independently of variations in the weight of a true coin, and in the difference of weight for a false coin. We can do this by an appropriate procedure based on differences and ratios. Suppose that the weight of a good coin is Wand that the weight of a false coin is W+w: the difference in weight for a false coin is then w, which may be negative; and a false coin may be regarded as a good coin plus an extra piece which is of weight w.