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Topic: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...
Posted by: Anuj Gupta
Date/Time: 08/06/15 09:29:00

Andy writes:
"Anuj, you've missed the point of the question in the same way that the tweeting students did.  It didn't ask them to solve the equation, it asked them to derive it."

To which Barry responds:
"Neither Andy nor I took issue with the premise off your post, Anuj  (although, I would). The students misunderstood (or at least didn't understand the question - which is slightly different) just as you misunderstood it."

The exact text of the question can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/2015/jun/05/how-to-solve-the-maths-gcse-question-about-hannahs-sweets-that-went-viral#img-1.

It is entirely possible, that there is a part (b) to this question. However, I couldn't find one on the websites I searched including The Guardian, The Telegraph and the BBC.

So, Andy, based on the text of the question, no - one is not required to "derive" anything, but simply solve a rather trivial quadratic equation.

I don't believe I have misunderstood the question, Barry. I admit that in the interest of brevity I paraphrased it in my original post. Now that I know that we have a relatively pedantic audience, I'll refrain from doing this.

My original point is simply this - maths is an important life skill. It inculcates analytical and critical thinking, creative problem solving and lateral thought.

For institutions like The Guardian or The Telegraph to protest at the perceived difficulty of such problems does our children a great disservice, and results in the continuing dumbing down of this country.


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TopicDate PostedPosted By
That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 14:06:00 Anuj Gupta
   Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 14:41:00 Janet Norman
   Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 14:46:00 Andy Rooney
      Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 14:56:00 Andy Rooney
         Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 15:09:00 Barry Jacques
            Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 15:13:00 Andy Rooney
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 15:16:00 bobby osborne
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 15:20:00 Andy Rooney
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 15:28:00 Barry Jacques
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 15:21:00 Barry Jacques
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 15:41:00 Andy Rooney
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 15:57:00 Barry Jacques
   Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 14:58:00 Barry Jacques
      Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 15:51:00 Will Watson
         Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 16:04:00 Andy Rooney
            Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 16:06:00 Barry Jacques
         Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 16:04:00 Barry Jacques
            Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 17:53:00 Jim Meddings
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 18:32:00 Barry Jacques
         Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 16:09:00 David Noades
            Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 16:15:00 Will Watson
            Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 16:21:00 Barry Jacques
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 16:44:00 David Noades
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 16:48:00 Anuj Gupta
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 16:51:00 Vanessa Smith
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 17:00:00 Micki Hawkes
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...06/06/15 12:57:00 Vanessa Smith
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 18:58:00 Barry Jacques
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...06/06/15 12:10:00 Peter Evans
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...06/06/15 13:01:00 Vanessa Smith
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...06/06/15 12:26:00 Will Watson
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 17:10:00 Andy Rooney
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 17:22:00 Andy Pease
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 17:27:00 Andy Rooney
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 17:30:00 Anuj Gupta
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 17:37:00 Adrian Irving
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 18:49:00 Barry Jacques
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 19:09:00 bobby osborne
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 20:08:00 Anne England
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...05/06/15 22:57:00 Al Webber
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...06/06/15 09:46:00 David Turner
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...08/06/15 09:29:00 Anuj Gupta
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...08/06/15 09:39:00 Will Watson
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...08/06/15 12:01:00 Brian Coyle
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...08/06/15 12:05:00 Barry Jacques
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...08/06/15 14:03:00 Anne England
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...08/06/15 15:43:00 Anuj Gupta
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...08/06/15 15:52:00 Peter Evans
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:That impossible 'maths' question...08/06/15 12:14:00 Barry Jacques

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