A and B hold a piece of ground in common, for which they are to pay $36. A put in 23 oxen for 27 days, and B 21 oxen for 35 days; what part of the rent ought each man to pay?
As a side note, the text uses this problem to illustrate the application of the rule of "double fellowship," which states:
Any idea what this all means?
- Multiply each man's stock into the time of continuance, then say
- As the total sum of all the products is to the whole gain or loss,
- So is each man's particular product to his particular share of the gain or loss.
Source: Samuel Webber's Mathematics Compiled from the Best Authors, 1808, p. 123.