Math whizzes-We need your help

bheila

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Feb 8, 2008
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My son has a math problem that I can't figure out. Please help me


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
 

WriterofWords

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Dec 25, 2007
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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!
 

jennh

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Jun 21, 2007
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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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bheila

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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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