Wednesday, March 26, 2008

6th Grade Math


When did they start teaching algebra in grade school? My children no longer ask me to help with their math homework, as I thought I had the right answer above. :)

10 comments:

Dedicated said...

Can I guess? Seems so long ago. I'm sure I am wrong, but I have to try.

4cm x 3cm
--------- = 6 cm
2

Please - break it to me gently.

Sharon said...

Dedicated,
Gosh, I have no idea how to solve this. I'm sure I used to know.

Canadian Saver said...

I don't remember the answer either!! and I took advanced math!!! Things sure have changed :-)

asgreen said...

Ha! That's hilarious. Do you solve this with a2+b2=c2? Is the answer 5?

Sharon said...

I don't have the answer to the above, it was more a joke than a problem, so I have absolutely no clue how to solve this one. Actually, this was not a problem my daughter brought home, but one that was similar. I found this problem on "bumper stickers" on Facebook and laughed, but it is not too far off on how I can help my kids :). So, is there any math genius' out there who actually knows the answer for sure? We have two guesses..who's right?

Foxie said...

The correct answer is five. The square of the two sides is equal to the square of the hypotenuse. Honestly, it's simple algebra, so I better not get called a genius. (I get enough comments about being pre-med...)

Thanks for posting the picture, it's great! I think I've seen it before, but it made me laugh quite a bit again!

Dedicated said...

Okay - I cheated - after all we need to feel like High School - right?

I asked my son- the math team captain -

To calculate a Right Triangle - which this is

it is c² = a² + b²

so 4² + 3² =c²

16 x 9 = 25

25 = c²

that mean c = 5


The winner is AsGreen

Sharon said...

Congrats to all three of you!!!! I remember now that you have shown me. Maybe I'll be able to help my daughter with her math....after I get the answers from you guys!

hotpinkgiraffe said...

I've seen that on the Bumper Sticker thing on FB too. When I first saw it before I saw your comment I thought "I bet Sharon got that on facebook!" haha
good old facebook!
My friends in engineering appreciate it too!

SavingDiva said...

asgreen is right! :)