PROBLEM: Weighing balls

Problem Description

You have 12 balls that all weigh the same except one, which is either slightly lighter or slightly heavier. The only tool you have is a balance scale that can only tell you which side is heavier. Using only three weightings, how can you deduce, without a shadow of a doubt, which is the odd one out, and if it is heavier or lighter than the others?

P.S –  I want you to try solving them before checking the solution. Do
share your logic & solutions in the comments. I’d love to see how
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  1. Assuming defective ball is heavier, divide the balls into 3 groups (4 balls in each).

    1st pass:
    Take first two groups and put them on the weighing machine.
    If both are at the same level then we know that the heavier one is present in 3rd group

    2nd pass:
    Take 3rd group and divide it further i.e. 2 groups of 2 balls each and put them on the weighing machine
    Take the heavier side group

    3rd pass:
    Now, we are left with only 2 balls so put them on the weighing machine and we can find the heavier one easily.

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