# Minimum weighing process to find heavier coin.?

Here goes the question—

Nine nickels and a traditional balance are lying in front of you. All nickels have the same weight except for one counterfeit, which is slightly heavier than the others. What is the minimum number of times you expect to use the balance to guarantee you’ve found the counterfeit nickel.

Can you please tell me the steps in details..?

Thanks

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i can do it in 3 steps.(if u r lucky u will get it in 1).

Take 8 nickels, divide it in 4 and place them on the balance. if both are in the same level, then the heavier one is certainly the one remaining.

if one of the two is heavy, it means that lot of 4 has the heavier nickel. take those 4 divide it in 2s and then continue.

Happy going.

4. put 2 coins on the balance ,one on each side,if they balance they are real, repeat till you have an inbalance