Math question for seven-year-olds breaks the internet

Publish Date
Friday, 2 February 2018, 1:53PM
Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook

The internet has been left baffled by a real head scratcher of a math problem aimed at seven-year-olds.

And while the problem appears hard to solve, the answer is equally confusing.

Angie Werner shared her daughter Ayla's math homework on a parenting group on Facebook asking other parents for help to solve the tricky riddle.

"OK, we're all stumped. My second-grader's homework - HELP!"

The puzzle reads: "There are 49 dogs signed up to compete in the dog show. "There are 36 more small dogs than large dogs signed up to compete. How many small dogs are signed up to compete?"

The mother posted the math problem on Facebook. Photo / Facebook


Members of Werner's parenting group weren't able to provide much assistance, posting a variety of answers but most admitted to beig left totally bewildered.

Thankfully, Werner was eventually able to put the masses out of their misery, sharing the teacher's answer to the tricky problem.

So if you guessed 42.5 then you are one of the few who figured out the correct answer, although you may still be questioning how half a dog gets on competing in a dog show.

Werner has since told Popsugar the school may have just worded the morbid question wrong: "The district worded it wrong. The answer would be 42.5, though, if done at an age-appropriate grade."

For those still confused, the problem can be solved by using the following equation.

49-36=13. 13/2=6.5. 36+6.5=42.5.

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