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For the first time I watched "Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?" I was horrified. One of the "hard" questions was if Y = 3X and 3X = 12, what is the value of Y? And the person missed it. Holy crap. I mean you don't even need arithmetic to solve this! It just a simple identity problem, if a = b and b = c then a = c. The person guessed 4?!

Worse is that this show is apparently entertaining. *sigh*

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livingdeb
Jul. 6th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
Ha ha, only a nerd would know what to do with letters in a math problem.

Plus, two equations and two unknowns, it gets all confusing. Don't you have to add the equations to each other somehow, and these are all backwards from each other. Arg! Run away!

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It is seriously scary how many grown people are useless around math or anything that seems like it might be math. Whenever I find out someone is like this, I like to mess with them. "Three plus what is five?" "Two." "Ha! You just did algebra!" Heh heh.
aroach
Jul. 6th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Hmm, so I guess I was right when I was a 5th grader and I thought I knew more than my parents.
raaga123
Jul. 8th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
To be fair, I think most people who aren't used to thinking algebraically (i.e., most people) would be at least initially confused by that problem. The fact that the '3' is irrelevant makes it a little strange -- a borderline trick question.
grieve
Jul. 8th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
That is true, and I don't expect people to just look at it and know the answer, but after a few moments of pondering it seems like it would be obvious to most people, especially for $50,000.
kevin_hogan
Jul. 10th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
The real scary part is that people like that decide what to do with our federal tax dollars...
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