Mum begs for help with seven-year-old's maths homework - but even a professor can't solve it
30 September 2020, 08:52
A desperate mum took to Facebook to ask for advice on how to solve a maths problem given to her son's maths homework.
A mum who asked for help with a tricky question on her seven-year-old's maths homework has left the internet stumped - with even a maths professor unable to help.
Teresa Hopper shared a photo of the problem to Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips and Tricks after she was unable to solve it herself.
She wrote: “I hate homework. Please help!
"Is the answer to a) & b) the same or am I missing something?!"
The question is as follows:
"Karla says: “I have three hundreds counters, 17 tens counters and 16 ones counters.
"a) Can she make two equal three-digit numbers? If so, draw the counters to show them.
"b) Can she make two equal three-digit numbers if she had to use all her counters? If so, draw the counters to show them."
Members of the group were stumped by the question, with one writing: "Unless there’s a diagram to go with it, or more explanation somewhere else."
One commenter, who revealed that he's an expert in maths, couldn't work out the answer either.
He wrote: "I have a PhD in maths, and I have no idea what this question is asking.
"Unless there’s a diagram to go with it, or more explanation somewhere else."
Someone else asked: "How old is this homework meant for?"
Teresa later confirmed to Fabulous that she had worked out the answer - 172 for a, and 243 for b - and that the teacher confirmed she got it right.
She said: "I did and the teacher has marked it as correct!
"I certainly didn't expect it to be so difficult."