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Topic: [math-learn] Math word problem correct?
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Ralph A. Raimi

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Re: [math-learn] Re: Math word problem correct?
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 8:04 PM
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--- In, Robert Hansen <bob@...> wrote:
>> The problem is tricky, but only one of those answers are divisible by
>> 22. The answer is 2222.
>> Bob Hansen
>> On Jan 12, 2011, at 12:47 PM, "jjaywilson2004" <jjaywilson2004@...>
>> wrote:

>>> I'm tossing this one out for input.
>>> Recently I came across a word problem, that either I'm not reading
>>> correctly, or it's been written very poorly. Below is the exact quote
>>> of the problem:
>>> "If Bus 4 carries 22 passengers each trip, how many passengers will it
>>> carry in a month?"
>>> Choice 1) 444 Choice 2) 888 Choice 3) 2222 Choice 4) 4848
>>> Assumption: Bus 4, is the name of the bus. Assumption: 22 passengers
>>> one-way, for a round trip of 44 passengers. Assumption: 30 days is
>>> used for a month.
>>> Question: Are the choice provided possible with the given information
>>> of the problem?

That's not fair; you have asked two different questions. The
first one, how many passengers will it carry in a month, cannot be
answered. the second one, which choices listed are *possible* answers
(given further information) is the one that has 2222 for an answer.

Ralph A. Raimi Tel. 585 275 4429 or (home) 585 244 9368
Dept. of Mathematics, Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627

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