# How many birds were in the original flock?

• MHB
• mathland
In this conversation, we are trying to find the number of birds in the flock, represented by b. We are told that one new bird, represented by (b + 1), has joined the flock. The flock then states that "half of us plus you" equals 100, which translates to (b/2 + 1) = 100. So in summary, to find the number of birds in the flock, we can use the equation b/2 + 1 = 100, where b represents the original number of birds.
mathland

Let b = birds

Met a bird = (b + 1)

Half of us plus you = (b + 1)/2 + (b + 1)

The equation is:

(b + 1)/2 + (b + 1) = 100

Yes?

mathland said:
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Let b = birds

Met a bird = (b + 1)

Half of us plus you = (b + 1)/2 + (b + 1)

The equation is:

(b + 1)/2 + (b + 1) = 100

Yes?
No! the flock of birds is talking to the one new bird. When it says "us" it means the original flock, not with the new bird. "Half of us" is b/2. "Half of us plus you" is b/2+ 1.

Your equation is b/2+ 1= 100.

Country Boy said:
No! the flock of birds is talking to the one new bird. When it says "us" it means the original flock, not with the new bird. "Half of us" is b/2. "Half of us plus you" is b/2+ 1.

Your equation is b/2+ 1= 100.

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