Puzzle #26: Get to the number 14

This is a relatively simple arithmetic puzzle, that I found interesting to do with my 9 year old. I picked this up from Mathematical Circles. Here is the puzzle:

You begin with the number 458. You are only allowed two operations, each of which can be repeated any number of times:

– You can multiply the number by 2

– Remove the last digit, i.e. the one in the unit’s place (e.g. 8 in the number 458)

Your task is to get to the number 14, beginning with 458. Do this in the minimum number of steps.

Happy crunching, and as always, e-mail your answers directly to me at alokgoyal_2001@yahoo.com

 

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2 Responses to Puzzle #26: Get to the number 14

  1. Karan Yadav says:

    I like easy puzzles. Good for self confidence, at times :-). Answer coming in email.

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