Offbeat This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet

19:11  18 may  2017
19:11  18 may  2017 Source:   Mental Floss

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According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin.

The bonus math question which was first said to have originated on a first This Math Question Meant for Kids Has Gone Viral Because Can you figure out this 2nd- grade math problem that's stumping the entire Internet ?

The first-grade maths problem stumping the internet © Mental Floss/iStock The first-grade maths problem stumping the internet If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

Maths problem given to first-graders. © Provided by The Week Publications Maths problem given to first-graders.
According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

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Your homework was hard while you were in school, but have you ever tried revisiting it? Helping your children with their homework can be every bit as challenging as it was the first time. Wait until you see this third grade math question!

Years ago, when a kid stumbled over a problem so tough they couldn't finish their math homework, they'd accept a less-than-perfect grade . Read more: Can You Solve This Math Problem That's Stumping the Whole Internet ? The first one is pretty simple.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

Maths problem given to first-graders. © The Week Publications Maths problem given to first-graders.
A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

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