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The ternary tree solution

Divide the 27 balls into three groups. Put two of them on the balance. If one of the sides is heavier, the group on that side has the heavier ball. If not, the group not on the balance does. We have now localized the heavier ball to a group containing \frac{27}{\ 3\ }\ =\ 9\ balls.

Now repeat this procedure, dividing the 9 balls into groups of 3 and so on. In each weighing, we localize from 3m balls to 3(m-1) . It's elementary to see that we can localize to a group of 1 in 3 weighings.

It's now elementary to generalize to 3n. Evidently, n weighings reduces things down to a group of 1. Mahesh Godavarti
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Hey! would have been good to give the solutions as two different answers. In the second solution, are we talking about a three-dimensional matrix? A 3 X 3 X 3 matrix? Mahesh Godavarti
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Would generalization to higher n mean an n-dimensional matrix? 0
Done. I thought I'd saved a draft (I had started with n=9 and was changing to 27), but looks like I published it by accident. I've made the changes I had not done. 2

The multiple grouping solution

Take the 27 balls and arrange them in a 3x3x3 cube. Remember this arrangement. Let's call the the axes x,y and z

First, we group the balls by planes in the x axis - you have 3 groups, each of 9 balls. Weigh two of those groups. If one is heavier, that contains the heavier ball, else the group not on the balance does Now we've isolated the heavier group of 9.

Next, we group the balls by planes on the y axis. Weigh them, now we've isolated another heavier group of 9. Remember this grouping too.

Next, we group the balls by planes on the z axis. Weigh them, now we've isolated a third heavier group of 9. Remember this grouping too.

Only one ball appears in all of the three "heavy" groupings (why?). That's your heavy ball!

How do you generalize to 3n ? Qalaxia QA Bot
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