Parents left totally stumped by 'simple' maths question for 10-year-olds - Can you solve it?
Published: 04/02/2023- 13:38
Several parents have been left scratching their heads over a maths question designed for a 10-year-old.
One mum took to Twitter after her 10-year-old daughter came home with a maths question which left her puzzled.
Anna Botting took a screenshot of her daughter’s homework as an example of why Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s proposals to make maths compulsory up to the age of 18 would not work for many pupils.
She wrote: "So maths to 18 for schoolchildren is Rishi Sunak’s plan.
Some teachers even admitted the question was difficult
“But, genuinely, maths is hard for some of us… This [pointing thumb emoji] my 10-year-old daughter's maths homework, had me stumped."
The problem in question said: "At the beginning of the day, Hasim counted his money. 'He gave his brother 1/3 of his money. He spent £12 on a present for his sister.
“He then counted what he had left, and it was half what he had at the beginning of the day. How much money did he give his brother? Show your method."
A number of the presenter’s followers attempted to solve the problem as many adults admitted they found it challenging.
One person said: "That's a ten-year-old’s? That's very difficult for Year 5! I think Grade 6 at GCSE would struggle with that one."
Another added: "I'm 38 and the way I worked it out was to look in the comments and see what answers other people had because I didn’t have a clue where to even start?!"
A third person commented: "As a teacher, I can't honestly see the point of these highly convoluted maths problems, they just heighten anxiety, feelings of frustration and failure, and let's be honest are no practical use whatsoever. Maths to 18 won't make a jot of difference, critical thinking skills will!"
The mum said the question is an example of why Sunak’s proposals wouldn’t work for all
Botting later shared the answer which had been “kindly jotted down by daughter’s teacher in classroom”.
She said: "To all who said 24 [tick emjoi] And 72 - read the Q."
If Hasim gave his brother 1/3 of the money, spent £12, and still has half of his money left, then: 12 = (1/6)x. Then x needs to be resolved: x = 72. 72/3 = £24, meaning this is the amount he gave his brother.