Another puzzling maths question has not only stumped a 10-year-old but also his grandma. The homework maths assignment in question was given out to Year Five students and asked, "Calculate the perimeter of these composite rectilinear shapes." A photo of the problem is below.
Can you solve this maths question which has left pupils and parents scratching their heads?https://t.co/jmt1pbInNH— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) June 7, 2016
The Year Five's grandma and father were not happy with the problem at all. "My son's grandma had spent a while helping him with his homework and most of it was straightforward but this one question left her stumped," the boy's 43-year-old father said to Manchester Evening News.
When the father posted the question to the internet, people surprisingly came to a general consensus that even though the question appeared tricky, it was actually easy to solve, unlike this algebraic question posed to 6- and 7-year-olds.
@AlexandraRucki 44 for both. Totals across and down must equal. 2nd has extra 2x 2s in vertical— Barry Krabbe (@eindvistle) June 7, 2016
only confusion is the 2cm on the second one not being labelled clearly as it being the vertical length. But not "impossible"— Mark D (@moormark12) June 7, 2016
@MENnewsdesk took less than a minute to solve this 'impossible' question. They're both 44. What do I win?
— Jimmy Blenkinsop (@JimmyBlenkinsop) June 8, 2016
Though a few adults were able to give this question a try, we can see how it would be hard for a 10-year-old. Have you solved the problem yet?