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When a seventh-grade student came home with a particularly challenging math homework assignment, she sought help from her parents and other family members. But as they began to dive into the question, they realized that it was much harder than it seemed on the surface.
While it’s common to hear people from older generations complaining about how easy school is today, this one math problem stumped them too. As you will see below, few people have what it takes to get this one right. But can you? Do you have the brains to solve this 7th grader’s math homework?
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11-year-olds were asked to work out a series of equations and fill in all the blanks.
But the item below not only stumped this one 11-year-old’s family, it has silenced many people in Queensland, Australia.
The question reads:
“Bob adds two fractions, but does not use the lowest common denominator.”
Not only could the 11-year-old not get the right answer, her mom failed to as well – until she consulted the internet and invested more than 45-minutes of her time and the help of the girl’s aunt and grandmother.
“My brain is fried now and this is the easiest year of high school,” the mother told Springfield News.
The mother, who is studying business administration at a university, complained that the math was too difficult for her daughter, “How the hell is an 11-year-old supposed to work this out? To me, its just way too much. They’ve been back six weeks and there has been only three days that she has actually wanted to go to school.”
Here is the answer: 2/8 + 2/3 = 12/48 +32/48 = 44/48 = 11/12
Readers of Springfield News offered a few tips.
“The key is the two thirds being equivalent to the fourth fraction with the denominator 48. Thus if the denominator 3 is multiplied by 16 to achieve 48 then so is the numerator 2 to achieve 32,” wrote Licia Fuller. “Homework is based upon what kids have learnt in class. It’s not like the kids are hearing the word ‘fraction’ or ‘denominator’ for the first time. Not ridiculous at all.”
Readers on Mail Online also had response to the problem:
“It’s a badly posed question. There is a single equation containing two unknowns – the first fraction on the left side and the final fraction on the right hand side… What they meant was that both the fractions in the central part of the equation should have the same denominator 48, but they omitted to explain this,” wrote one Londoner.
“It might have been hard for the girl’s family but she would have been given the problem because they were being taught common denominators in school with similar examples, so she should have been able to do it,” another reader wrote.
When kids are expected to perform well, they usually rise to meet the challenge. Expect mediocrity and they will deliver.
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