The Internet is losing its mind about this confusing pizza math problem
You know that infuriating feeling of knowing you’re right, but not being able to convince someone else that you are?
Basically, this one grade-school level math problem is making the entire Internet feel like that right now.
Several days ago, the following math problem was posted on Reddit, inciting a flurry of confusion.
— A Plus (@aplusapp) March 24, 2016
The student’s answer and teacher’s response has people everywhere scratching their heads.
The question, if you can’t make it out, reads:
“Reasonableness: Marty ate 4/6 of his pizza and Luis ate 5/6 of his pizza. Marty ate more pizza than Luis. How is that possible?”
The student answered:
“Marty’s pizza is bigger than Luis’s pizza.”
After thinking about it for a second, yeah, that totally makes sense. But the teacher marked the answer wrong and wrote:
“That is not possible because 5/6 is greater than 4/6 so Luis ate more.”
Huh? Unsurprisingly, the Internet has some strong opinions on this “correction,” as well as the wording of the question in the first place. How is the student wrong? Considering the information provided, isn’t it very possible that Marty had a bigger pizza?
A Plus broke the equation down, and determined logically why this student’s answer shouldn’t have been marked incorrect:
“A fraction is a unit of measurement. A pizza is not. There is no uniform size for a pizza. It is not an absolute unit.
The question does not explicitly state that the pizzas were the exact same size. The only information available are two statements and a question that, as worded, requires an outcome of possibility based on the preceding statements.”
This issue could have all been easily avoided if the question has clearly stated that the pizzas were the same size.
Luckily for this kid, he/she has the whole Internet backing him/her up. We just hope that teacher reconsider and gives credit where it’s due!
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