MATHS PROBLEM STUMPING THE INTERNET – Bananas, Clock, Hexagon Algebra Problem Solved



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47 thoughts on “MATHS PROBLEM STUMPING THE INTERNET – Bananas, Clock, Hexagon Algebra Problem Solved

  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    well one simple way is hexagon = 15, banana = 4, clock = 3. bottom equation ambiguous, no brackets. (plus the clock says 2 not 3, 3 bananas not 4, plus 11 sided poly) i guess it really could be anything. I remember doing questions like these in Year 7, aged 11. ofc it is possible something is going way over my head, the last time I did any maths I was 16.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    The banana part makes sense, but would you pay twice as much for a clock that says it's 2 o clock than for one that says it's 1 o clock?

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    I just came across this puzzle somewhere else, but the tone of grey was changed in the last hexagram/pentagram (one shade darker). As if there's two hexagrams and one pentagram overlapping.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    The only thing I see wrong with this theory is the shapes…you cannot conclude that about the edges, what if it was each shape has the equivalent of 5?

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    Without parenthesis around last banana bunch and box figure, I get 88.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    35 each shape in the picture of three shapes equal 5 so 5+5+5=15 ……15+15+15=45

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    Someone broke it down said the answer is 39 using bodmas and 99 not using bodmas and the clock in the 4th row is still the value of 3 is this correct

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    You rock! Thanks for this video! Folks are reaching and coming up with some weird answers. Pheeew! 🤦🏽

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    I got it over time. I approached it as a viral problem, and did not have any attention to detail. 🇬🇧👍🏻🇬🇧

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    There're missing lines. otherwise you can have more than 1 solution

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    35 works as well if you see it as each shape in first line is 5 therefore 10 on the final line due to there being 2 shapes but if you do edges instead you get 11 edges therefore being 38

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    In the 1940s Albert einstein was hailed as a genius after he invented the atom bomb, and in the 2010s you are considered a genius if you can solve a 7th grade-standard math

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    You could also say that each of the shapes forming the Pentagon were all worth 5, then the answer would be 35.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    From the first line each hexagon is 15: From the second line each banana is 1
    From the third line each clock (when at 3 o'clock) is 3: So one clock (at 2 o'clock) + 3 bananas + 3 bananas X 1 hexagon (without the square inside) =
    2 + 3 + 3 X 11 (here the reason is I am assuming the 15 point given to the 'hexagon' at the beginning comes from all the sides so since the square has 4 sides I subtract 4 from 15)
    The answer is 38

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    before watching: 35

    the grey shape =5 for each shape inside it. it has 3 shapes on top row, so 3x5x3=45. other than that, I agree with you. the difference in out answers is because I evaluated the grey shape as 10 because it's 2 objects, 2×5 is 10

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    The answer is 38 if you assume the last question is 2 o'clock + 3 bananas + (3 bananas X hexagon w/o square) = 2 +3 + 33 = 38.

    But if you assume the last question is (2 o'clock + 3 bananas + 3 bananas) X hexagon w/o square, then the correct answer is (2+3+3) X 11 = 8X11 = 88.

    Lastly, this is not a math question, but a puzzle on how observant a person is.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    2 clock a value is also 3 ..
    bcz
    there is no change in value of watch if time is changed ..
    u wrong

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    i know but: (2+3+3)×11 (=88) is not 2+3+3×11 (=38) PL. wiedzialem ale zrobilem blad w obliczeniach

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    3h=45 and h=15
    2b+15=23; 2b=8 and b=4
    4+2t=10; 2t=6 and t=3
    3+4+4*?=??; and the shape has 15 points/edges, so without the square it would be 11… and the banana and clock are both 1 less for their own reasons
    2+3+33=38, ja?

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  • August 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    The only reason I got this right is cause I have done so many problems like this it just gets common

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