Math whizzes-We need your help

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by bheila, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    My son has a math problem that I can't figure out. Please help me [​IMG]

    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 [​IMG]
     
  2. The Poultry Peanut

    The Poultry Peanut lives under rock

    Quote:1 half of 5 is 2.5 or 1/4 maby thats it..[​IMG]
     
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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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!
     
  4. ke_ben

    ke_ben Songster

    Half of FIVE is roman numeral IV.
     
  5. ke_ben

    ke_ben Songster

    Missed it by that much!
     
  6. jennh

    jennh Songster

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

    Jen (almost ashamed to put my name in case I really look stupid) [​IMG]

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  7. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    Quote:[​IMG] Whaaa? I never would've thought about it that way.
     
  8. The Poultry Peanut

    The Poultry Peanut lives under rock

    Quote:Ooooo! I get it!
     
  9. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:NM
     
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  10. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    Jen-How do you think I feel? I posted the question [​IMG]

    Cindiloohoo-That is exactly word for word the problem. He's learning ratios [​IMG]
     

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