Rik's Ramblings

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

High School Math Quiz

Teacher> You and three of your friends plan to attend a concert. The tickets are $40 each. How much is the total cost?

Student> hmm, let's see. Is it $191.85

Teacher> No, 4x$40 is $160. Let's try that again, but this time show you steps ...

Student> OK:

4 x $40 for the tickets
4 x $4.50 convenience charge goes to TICKETMASTER
4 x $2 'building fee' goes to TICKETMASTER
1 x $3.35 order processing fee goes to TICKETMASTER
1 x $2.50 so I can print out the ticket at home rather than having the venue pay for an employee to hand me the ticket goes to TICKETMASTER

Result: 4x$40 = $191.85

No wonder kids today are crap at maths.


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