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Ok, my prof is at it again. This time it's an impossible math riddle problem...

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Jonny K, Apr 10, 2003.

  1. Wayne Bundrick

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  2. Jonny K

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    Guys! Let it go already! :-P

    I'll let ya know if the prof accepts the answer in a few days.


    Jonny K.
     
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    "Janius"
    That's the kind of cheesy wit I like, sir.
     
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    Do you have to cite your answers? You know, since you're getting them from HTF? [​IMG]
     
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    OK everybody! Here's my prof's e-mail response:

    "Right on!"

    [​IMG] [​IMG]


    Thanks for the help. And hey, it's not a crime to discuss a math problem with friends, is it?


    Jonny K. [​IMG]
     
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    If that's the case then either the original post is misquoting the problem, or the prof is out to lunch. What's with the "not enough people" to play baseball when you mean "not enough children"? Not the same thing at all.
     
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    To Mark Z.

    While I agree that the statement "not enough children to play baseball" might have been more accurate, my take on it is that the whole conversation was about the children in the front yard. There was no mention of parents, step-parents, single parents, or multi-colored parrots (oops wrong post). As such, I never even considered the number of parents when figuring out the answer.

    Just pointing out my personal whyfore and therethree.

    Paul
     
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    What about ghost runners?

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    Poor choice of wording on the professor's part.
    The problem pertains to the number of children only,
    not any parent, divorced, step, dead, present or otherwise.
     
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    If you include parents and assume two parents in each family, then you can't have fewer than 18 people. So even it it is poorly worded (and it might simply be a trap), this fact alone should be enough to eliminate parents from the count.

    [Edit: I'm not the first one to point this out.]
     
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    Maybe this will help, this is how I've seen the problem presented before... the professor excluded the house number
    to presumably make it somewhat more difficult.

    We are led to believe that this Jane person is some kind of
    math wiz... nothing tells us that she is able to count running
    children on the fly or that she knows this person well enough to know how many children she has. Screw Jane and all
    the complications she adds to the problem. Unless she's some half naked hottie I would prefer to just forget the bitch.


    Smith has a number of children.
    Brown has a smaller number of children.
    Green has an even smaller number of children.
    Black has the smallest number of children.
    The total number of children is less than 18.
    The product of the numbers of children is 120, the same as the
    house number of Mr. Smith's House.
    I asked Mr. Smith, "Is there more than 1 child in the Black family?"
    When he answered, since I knew the house number, I also knew
    the number of children in each family.

    How many children in each family?
     
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    Regardless of the assumptions we are able to make, the problem is still worded badly with the phrase "not enough people to play baseball." It should have said children.
     
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    Yeah, there are WAY too many cases when I'm in a test and reading the question I find it's poorly worded. Drives me NUTS.


    Jonny K.
     
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    What pisses me off more than that is when practice tests have poorly worded questions. It makes it harder to understand how the actual test will work.

    For example, we recently took the HSPA (High School Proficiency Assessment) and the practice test for it was much harder than the real test because of horribly worded questions.
     
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