# Math whizzes-We need your help

#### bheila

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11 Years

Juanita presented a problem to Karl. "If you can solve this," said Juanita. "I'll buy you the ice-cream cone of your choice! Here's the problem: Show how one half of five is four." Karl got his ice-cream cone. What was his answer?

If you know the answer, could you please try to explain it the best you can

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1 half of 5 is 2.5 or 1/4 maby thats it..

That is more critical thinking than math:

This is actually more of a riddle, involving two different number systems. The first is actually spelling out 5.
FIVE
Now take away HALF the letters, specifially the F and E. That leaves you with IV which in roman numerals is 4! So, half of 5 is four!

Half of FIVE is roman numeral IV.

Missed it by that much!

Maybe you divide the 5 in half, and then divide that into quarters, or 4?

Jen (almost ashamed to put my name in case I really look stupid)

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Whaaa? I never would've thought about it that way.

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Ooooo! I get it!

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NM

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Jen-How do you think I feel? I posted the question

Cindiloohoo-That is exactly word for word the problem. He's learning ratios

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