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Posted: 6/4/2008 12:38:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 5:27:29 PM EST by PBIR]
I got this math problem in email yesterday. It is a 5th grade problem, it is NOT a trick question. It came with a spreadsheet of people who got it right, and the password to open the spreadsheet was the answer so I know I got it right.

Can you answer it?

I'll post the correct answer at 5:30 tonight, don't post your answer in the thread, you'll ruin it for anyone that wants to test their mad skillz.


Here it is:


There are 7 girls in a bus

Each girl has 7 backpacks

In each backpack, there are 7 big cats

For every big cat there are 7 little cats

Question: How many legs are there in the bus?
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:42:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 12:43:45 PM EST by ScaryBlackGuns]
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ETA: I did okay in math, but I failed at listening to instructions!

Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:42:55 PM EST

87
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:43:38 PM EST
I've seen it before - the correct answer is the PW to an excel file you can sign.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:45:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 12:45:41 PM EST by mw365]
ETA--I think I know
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:45:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By mw365:
14?

what i was thinking... is it?
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:46:44 PM EST
I got it. Oh, and yes, this is a subscription.


Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:47:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 12:48:56 PM EST by Belmont31R]
oops
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:47:34 PM EST
Easy, unless there's a trick in there somewhere.... like a kitty amputee, or a bus driver they're not telling about.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:48:06 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 12:51:59 PM EST by Gloftoe]
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:48:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By turbosc20:

Originally Posted By mw365:
14?

what i was thinking... is it?


Cats don't have legs?
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:48:58 PM EST
12x12÷12
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:49:08 PM EST

Originally Posted By jnojr:

Originally Posted By turbosc20:

Originally Posted By mw365:
14?

what i was thinking... is it?


Cats don't have legs?


Yeah, I got a really big number
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:50:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 12:53:34 PM EST by ScaryBlackGuns]

Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
I huff gold paint.
Or 0. Buses have wheels, not legs.


Your title is no longer Moderator and is now officially Fun Killer.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:51:49 PM EST
I'd say 14 for sure, because it doesn't say the cats are on the bus, or whether there is a driver
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:52:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 12:53:23 PM EST by Gloftoe]
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:52:53 PM EST

Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Edited! who quoted me?

+1
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:53:49 PM EST
I suck at math.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:54:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 12:57:00 PM EST by Couch-Commando]
Edit. got it, didn't realize we can't post an answer. I am great at algebra and calc, but I can't do arithmetic worth shit.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:54:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Edited! who quoted me?



Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:57:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 1:03:16 PM EST by Bed_Head]

Originally Posted By Couch-Commando:
Edit. got it, didn't realize we can't post an answer. I am great at algebra and calc, but I can't do arithmetic worth shit.

Hee, hee..... I got the same answers as you though.

(....................wait........... you did post a 5 digit answer than ended in ***90, right?)
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:59:25 PM EST
i got 9604 cat legs and 14 people legs, assuming no bus driver

7x7x7x7 = 7^4=2401

2401 x 4 = 9604

plus 7x2 - 14

= 9618 total legs on the bus
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:01:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 1:13:57 PM EST by atrophis]
girls = 7 legs = 14
big cats = 343 legs = 1372
little cats = 2401 legs = 9604

Answer =
legs = 10990
legs + bus driver = 10992
legs / only human = 14
legs / only human + bus driver = 16

ETA: (7 x 2) + ((7 x 7) x 7) x 4) + (((7 x 7) x 7) x 7) x 4) = total legs {where (girls legs) + (big cats legs) + (little cats legs)}
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:02:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 1:04:15 PM EST by Torf]
Assuming each girl has 2 legs AND each cat has 4 legs, AND that each girl brought all 7 backpacks with them, AND there is no bus driver, I have the answer.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:04:03 PM EST
I got it....I think.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:04:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By jnojr:

Originally Posted By turbosc20:

Originally Posted By mw365:
14?

what i was thinking... is it?


Cats don't have legs?


but they are in the backpacks
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:05:48 PM EST
Who shoves kitties into backpacks anyway? That's as dumb as carrying a chihuahua in a purse.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:06:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 1:06:40 PM EST by zeke013]

Originally Posted By TxLewis:
SNIP


DING DING DING

I hope - that's what I got.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:06:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By turbosc20:

Originally Posted By jnojr:

Originally Posted By turbosc20:

Originally Posted By mw365:
14?

what i was thinking... is it?


Cats don't have legs?


but they are in the backpacks


The girs have backbacks with cats, but where does it say the backpacks are actually on the bus with the girls?
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:06:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By zeke013:

Originally Posted By TxLewis:
i got 9604 cat legs and 14 people legs, assuming no bus driver

7x7x7x7 = 7^4=2401

2401 x 4 = 9604

plus 7x2 - 14

= 9618 total legs on the bus


DING DING DING

I hope - that's what I got.


Failure to the second power is still failure.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:07:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By turbosc20:

Originally Posted By jnojr:

Originally Posted By turbosc20:

Originally Posted By mw365:
14?

what i was thinking... is it?


Cats don't have legs?


but they are in the backpacks


But they are still in the bus.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:07:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By atrophis:
girls = 7 legs = 14
big cats = 343 legs = 1372
little cats = 2401 legs = 9604

Answer =
legs = 10990
legs + bus driver = 10992
legs / only human = 14
legs / only human + bus driver = 16

^ This.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:07:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 1:09:13 PM EST by Bed_Head]

Originally Posted By ScaryBlackGuns:

Originally Posted By zeke013:

Originally Posted By TxLewis:
i got 9604 cat legs and 14 people legs, assuming no bus driver

7x7x7x7 = 7^4=2401

2401 x 4 = 9604

plus 7x2 - 14

= 9618 total legs on the bus


DING DING DING

I hope - that's what I got.


Failure to the second power is still failure.

Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:08:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 1:08:56 PM EST by Torf]

Originally Posted By ScaryBlackGuns:

Originally Posted By zeke013:

Originally Posted By TxLewis:
i got 9604 cat legs and 14 people legs, assuming no bus driver

7x7x7x7 = 7^4=2401

2401 x 4 = 9604

plus 7x2 - 14

= 9618 total legs on the bus


DING DING DING

I hope - that's what I got.


Failure to the second power is still failure.


His answer is incorrect. Atrophis has the correct answer.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:09:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 1:13:21 PM EST by uafgrad]
I think I have it
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:09:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 1:17:08 PM EST by RiffRandall]

Originally Posted By Couch-Commando:
Edit. got it, didn't realize we can't post an answer. I am great at algebra and calc, but I can't do arithmetic worth shit.


<Jethro Bodine> If'n my cipherin' is cor-rect the answer is....
<Elly May Clampett> What kinda mean ol' girl keeps her critters in a backpack, anyways?



<eta> I think I have the answer...if there's no trick BS like the backpacks full of cats aren't actually on the bus with the girls, an unmentioned bus driver, gimpy tripod feline amputees, one (two???) of the girls is a co-joined twin, etc.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:12:41 PM EST
I think I know it, OST for the answer.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:14:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By Torf:

Originally Posted By ScaryBlackGuns:

Originally Posted By zeke013:

Originally Posted By TxLewis:
i got 9604 cat legs and 14 people legs, assuming no bus driver

7x7x7x7 = 7^4=2401

2401 x 4 = 9604

plus 7x2 - 14

= 9618 total legs on the bus


DING DING DING

I hope - that's what I got.


Failure to the second power is still failure.


His answer is incorrect. Atrophis has the correct answer.

Yup.

To put it more simply:

7 girls x 2 legs = 14
7 girls x 7 backpacks x 7 big cats x 4 legs = 1372
7 girls x 7 backpacks x 7 big cats x 7 little cats x 4 legs = 9604

14 + 1372 + 9604 = 10990

A bus driver is not mentioned so you don't count him, but if it's a smartass question, then it's 10992.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:15:24 PM EST
Do 5th graders know how to follow directions? Cause Arfcom GD sure doesn't......
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:15:42 PM EST

Originally Posted By atrophis:
girls = 7 legs = 14
big cats = 343 legs = 1372
little cats = 2401 legs = 9604

Answer =
legs = 10990
legs + bus driver = 10992
legs / only human = 14
legs / only human + bus driver = 16

ETA: (7 x 2) + ((7 x 7) x 7) x 4) + (((7 x 7) x 7) x 7) x 4) = total legs {where (girls legs) + (big cats legs) + (little cats legs)}


Correct.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:16:49 PM EST
Another vote for 10990. I used notepad and calc.exe, I hope that wasn't cheating.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:17:48 PM EST
It's easier to use burlap sacks.


Originally Posted By Bed_Head:
Who shoves kitties into backpacks anyway? That's as dumb as carrying a chihuahua in a purse.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:18:12 PM EST

Originally Posted By InheritedAnArsenal:

Originally Posted By atrophis:
girls = 7 legs = 14
big cats = 343 legs = 1372
little cats = 2401 legs = 9604

Answer =
legs = 10990
legs + bus driver = 10992
legs / only human = 14
legs / only human + bus driver = 16

ETA: (7 x 2) + ((7 x 7) x 7) x 4) + (((7 x 7) x 7) x 7) x 4) = total legs {where (girls legs) + (big cats legs) + (little cats legs)}


Correct.



Except that it doesn't say there's a driver on the bus. It could be parked idle without a driver, or one of the girls could be driving.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:19:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By Dance:
It's easier to use burlap sacks.


Originally Posted By Bed_Head:
Who shoves kitties into backpacks anyway? That's as dumb as carrying a chihuahua in a purse.

Awwww..... that ain't right.

Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:21:25 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 1:22:59 PM EST by Frost7]

Originally Posted By Bed_Head:
Do 5th graders know how to follow directions? Cause Arfcom GD sure doesn't......

The people who came up with 10990 do.


Originally Posted By TxLewis:
i got 9604 cat legs and 14 people legs, assuming no bus driver

7x7x7x7 = 7^4=2401

2401 x 4 = 9604

plus 7x2 - 14

= 9618 total legs on the bus

Doubtless this monument of epic failure is why you can be a Texan and yet think chili has beans in it.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:24:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By ORinTX:
Except that it doesn't say there's a driver on the bus. It could be parked idle without a driver, or one of the girls could be driving.

He's covering his bases by offering all the potential solutions so nobody can come back with a trick. Smart way to do it.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:25:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 1:25:48 PM EST by JBlitzen]

Originally Posted By Frost7:
Doubtless this monument to epic failure is why you can be a Texan and yet think chili has beans in it.

Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:26:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By Bed_Head:
Do 5th graders know how to follow directions? Cause Arfcom GD sure doesn't......


+1
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:26:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 1:34:33 PM EST by zeke013]

<<<<<<<<Note the call sign.



Originally Posted By ScaryBlackGuns:

Failure to the second power is still failure.


Dang it!
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:26:29 PM EST
yea i could of just googled it.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 1:28:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By Frost7:

Originally Posted By Bed_Head:
Do 5th graders know how to follow directions? Cause Arfcom GD sure doesn't......

The people who came up with 10990 do.


Originally Posted By TxLewis:
i got 9604 cat legs and 14 people legs, assuming no bus driver

7x7x7x7 = 7^4=2401

2401 x 4 = 9604

plus 7x2 - 14

= 9618 total legs on the bus

Doubtless this monument of epic failure is why you can be a Texan and yet think chili has beans in it.

No, the people who got that answer and DIDN'T POST IT do.


What was that about chili and beans again **cough** failure **cough**
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