Gold bar

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You’ve got someone working for you for seven days and a gold bar to pay them. The gold bar is segmented into seven connected pieces. You must give them a piece of gold at the end of every day.
 
If you are only allowed to make two breaks in the gold bar, how do you pay your worker?
 
 
 
 
ANSWER BELOW:
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Break the gold bar into a 1 piece segment, and a 2 piece segment – leaving a 4 piece segment.

 
On the first day, pay the employee with the 1 piece segment.
 
On the second day, take back the 1 piece segment, and give him the 2 piece segment.
 
On the third day, pay the employee with the 1 piece segment.
 
On the fourth day, take back the 1 and 2 piece segments, and pay the employee with the 4 piece segment.
 
On the fifth day, pay the employee with the 1 piece segment.
 
On the six day, take back the 1 piece segment, and pay the employee with the 2 piece segment.
 
On the seventh day, pay the employee with the 1 piece segment.