
Trick questions.
Posted:
Sep 10, 2010 11:00 AM


I am emailing to ask for some help in identifying "trick questions" in mathematics.
** Definition:
A mathematics question/exercise/task is said to be a "trick question" if the reasoning required to solve it is applicable only to the solution of that question.
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I am having some difficulty in identifying "trick questions". For example, the task "Expand (xa)(xb)(xc)...(xz)" felt to me originally to require a trick. But, on reflection, the reasoning is precisely that needed to construct Lagrange polynomials (HINT!).
Can anyone identify a trick question? I'm struggling to do so.
Chris

