On 2/5/2013 9:58 AM, Frederick Williams wrote: > fom wrote: > >> >> The intent of the question was to ask how to solve >> a combination. The stated problem was how to >> choose teams. Any kid who grew up playing sandlot >> baseball knows the rules that formed the basis >> of my remark. And, order does matter. The kids >> who are picked last are painfully aware of their >> status. > > This is the problem with word problems: the words often hint at stuff > that isn't really there. The problem might be better stated: "given a > set of 20 elements..." >
Always despised the damn things myself.
Years ago, a topology professor or mine related a story concerning a problem on the SAT college entrance exams. Some poor bastard got pissed when he found out they graded one of his questions as incorrect.