# The general counterfeit coin problem

• Published in 1995
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Given $c$ nickels among which there may be a counterfeit coin, which can only be told apart by its weight being different from the others, and moreover $b$ balances. What is the minimal number of weighings to decide whether there is a counterfeit nickel, if so which one it is and whether it is heavier or lighter than a genuine nickel. We give an answer to this question for sequential and nonsequential strategies and we will consider the problem of more than one counterfeit coin.

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TheGeneralCounterfeitCoinProblem
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2016-08-24
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1995-01-22

### BibTeX entry

@article{TheGeneralCounterfeitCoinProblem,
key = {TheGeneralCounterfeitCoinProblem},
type = {article},
title = {The general counterfeit coin problem},
author = {Lorenz Halbeisen and Norbert Hungerb{\"{u}}hler},
abstract = {Given {\$}c{\$} nickels among which there may be a counterfeit coin, which can only be told
apart by its weight being different from the others, and moreover {\$}b{\$} balances. What is the minimal number of weighings to decide whether there is a counterfeit nickel, if so which one it is and whether it is heavier or lighter than a genuine nickel. We give an answer to this question for sequential and nonsequential strategies and we will consider the problem of more than one counterfeit coin.},
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}