There are twenty-four half-dollar coins stacked in three identical piles. Two piles are real and one is counterfeit. The individual counterfeit coins look exactly like the others but either weigh a gram more or less from the others. The net weight of each pile is exactly the same. How many weighs on a balance will it take to determine which pile is false?

How many weighs would it take if there were an equal distribution of false coins in each pile?

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There are twenty-four half-dollar coins stacked in three identical piles. Two piles are real and one is counterfeit. The individual counterfeit coins look exactly like the others but either weigh a gram more or less from the others. The net weight of each pile is exactly the same. How many weighs on a balance will it take to determine which pile is false?

How many weighs would it take if there were an equal distribution of false coins in each pile?

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