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 [quote="Vagrant"]Or it could be ... She took out every other dime and puts down 'A' nickel Then she picks up every third dime (of the ones left) and puts down 'A' quarter So she could have either 3 or 4 dimes with 1 nickel and 1 quarter, either 60c or 70c.[/quote]
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itisally
Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:07 am    Post subject: 1

This is why I hate helping my son with homework, and I teach for a living.
Icarus
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:05 pm    Post subject: 0

I think everyone that was going to chime in here has.

The "point" I was trying to go after, as shown with several different answers above, was the question (albeit meant to be read by a 2nd grader) was posed in such a way that any answer could be correct.

I came up with 11 that based on the wording itself I could easily defend to be correct:

A) \$.10
B) \$.50
C) \$.60
D) \$.70
E) \$.80
F) \$.85
G) \$1.20
H) \$1.25
I) \$1.30
J) \$1.35
K) \$1.40

For those that are curious - the "intended" answer was \$0.85.

But as an adult, what happened to the rest of the money (\$.50 vanished) as MNOWAX pointed out in his 2nd display, where did those 5 dimes end up?
Zag
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: -1

Thanks. That's not original, by the way, but I don't recall the source. (I did have to make up the details for myself, but the core of it I read elsewhere.)
Icarus
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:18 pm    Post subject: -2

Zag wrote:
Or this one, which is easy in context:

A human space adventurer was the First Contact on a strange planet, where there were two intelligent races. The ones he dubbed "milli-centaurs" had a millipede-like lower half and a humanoid upper half, with 2 eyes, 2 arms, and 62 legs. The others he called 'Durgas' had 8 arms, 2 legs, and an eye cluster that amounted to 12 eyes.

When he joined a mixed gathering of the creatures, he asked his computer how many there were. Unfortunately, the computer was built in Puzzlania, so all it told him was that the gathering included 282 eyes, 202 arms, and 1282 legs.

How many aliens were at the gathering?

Love it - Just 1 - The HUMAN!
Zag
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:13 pm    Post subject: -3

Or this one, which is easy in context:

A human space adventurer was the First Contact on a strange planet, where there were two intelligent races. The ones he dubbed "milli-centaurs" had a millipede-like lower half and a humanoid upper half, with 2 eyes, 2 arms, and 62 legs. The others he called 'Durgas' had 8 arms, 2 legs, and an eye cluster that amounted to 12 eyes.

When he joined a mixed gathering of the creatures, he asked his computer how many there were. Unfortunately, the computer was built in Puzzlania, so all it told him was that the gathering included 282 eyes, 202 arms, and 1282 legs.

How many aliens were at the gathering?
Suspence
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:59 pm    Post subject: -4

This reminds me of the "As I was going to St. Ives" rhyme, where the ambiguity leads to tons of possible answers.
Zag
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:40 pm    Post subject: -5

(Missed this one earlier -- not sure why.)

Note that this does not have the parts that are struck out.

Shelly has a row of 9 dimes.
She took out every other dime and puts down a nickel for each one.
Then she picks up every third dime (of the ones left) and puts down a quarter for each one.
How much money does Shelly have?

Therefore, I get
Code:
D D D D D D D D D
D   D   D   D   D   N
D   D       D   D   N   Q

There's 70c on the table.
Shelley has at least \$1.30. No one said that she threw away those dimes she picked up.
The real answer is that it can't be answered from the information given. Consider the following problem:

Bill has a row of 9 dimes.
He took out every other dime and puts down a nickel.
Then he picks up every third dime (of the ones left) and puts down a quarter.
How much money does Bill have?

Answer: Mr. Gates has approximately \$56 Billion by last estimate
3iff
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:23 am    Post subject: -6

I go with the DNDNQNDND pattern for however much that is in American money...85 cents says MNO...

Vagrant
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:40 am    Post subject: -7

Or it could be ...

She took out every other dime and puts down 'A' nickel
Then she picks up every third dime (of the ones left) and puts down 'A' quarter

So she could have either 3 or 4 dimes with 1 nickel and 1 quarter, either 60c or 70c.
MNOWAX
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:36 am    Post subject: -8

Code:
D D D D D D D D D
N D N D N D N D N
N D N D N Q N D N

which is 70 cents, or...

Code:
D D D D D D D D D
D N D N D N D N D
D N D N Q N D N D

which is 85 cents.....

or they might be talking about how much shelly HAS in total.. which is 9 dimes plus 5 nickels and a quarter which is \$1.40 or a \$1.35 depending on which way she puts down her nickels.
Icarus
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:08 am    Post subject: -9

OK all you math or financial experts - what say ye?

Shelly has a row of 9 dimes.
She took out every other dime and puts down a nickel.
Then she picks up every third dime (of the ones left) and puts down a quarter.
How much money does Shelly have?

I cannot take credit for this one. It's from a friend of mine whose kid was given this in 2nd grade math.

By the way, I will monitor this thread, but won't provide any initial feedback.