Suppose that a young man has a choice between two jobs. Each offers a starting salary of $1800 per year, but the first one would lead to an annual raise of $200 whereas the second would lead to a semiannual raise of $50. Which job is preferable?

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5 Responses to Puzzle

  1. ghjklkj says:

    From the solution why “The first job will pay 900, 900, 1000, 1000, 1100, 1100, 1200, 1200 … ” instead of “The first job will pay
    900, 900, 1100, 1100, 1300, 1300, 1500, 1500 …

  2. The wording is tricky though. When they say “semiannual raise of 50”, people could very well have interpreted it as raising the annual amount from 1800 to 1850, instead of semiannual amount from 900 to 950. I think it’s the crux of the problem.

  3. mzz says:

    I am still trying to understand this answer.I know this sound stupid but,could you please explain as lay as possible the solution for the rock-bottom IQ level like me.TQVM.

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