Mother Shared Her 2nd Grader's Math Homework Online And Stumped The Internet

Posted by Muk Khatri in Puzzle On 6th February 2018

There'a nothing the internet loves more than a problem that has stumped everyone else in its path, but when that problem is aimed at seven year olds, you know there’s something especially weird about it. The latest head-scratcher to go viral has done so via mum Angie Werner, whose daughter, Ayla, came home from school with a particularly maths problem to conquer.


#1 Homework question

A second grader recently had to deal with a challenging assignment and didn’t know how to solve it. Mom Angie Warner didn’t know how to help either, so she posted the math problem online. Angie turned to the Breastfeeding Mama Talk Privately Facebook page, and everyone who saw her post was equally baffled by the math question. The language of the question was so complex that it will surely stump you!

Check out the homework problem below, and see if you can figure out the correct answer to the question!


#2 Do you have an answer?

Angie posted the question to Facebook on January 24, 2018, and it quickly racked up a lot of comments. Almost nobody could figure out the answer! Most of you must have concluded that the answer is 36, but that's not correct. If you’re totally stumped, don’t worry, you’re not alone.


#3 OK, so why isn’t the answer 36?

It's because there are 36 more small dogs than the number of large dogs. So if there are 13 large dogs and 36 small dogs, that does equal 49 — but that means there’s only 23 more small dogs than large dogs. Angie and her kiddo decided to leave the question blank, hoping that the teacher would explain the answer. Finally, five days later, Angie got an answer from the school district.

#4 Correct Answer Solution

he answer is: 6.5 large dogs and 42.5 small dogs! Now, before you ask how, here's how!

What you’re doing is trying to solve for x. Think of large dogs as "x" and small dogs as "y."

49 = x+y and y = x+36

So, combine the two equations and you get:

49 = x + x+36

49 = 2x + 36

13 = 2x

x = 6.5

y = 42.5

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