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Fraction Frustration (Posted on 2004-03-24) Difficulty: 3 of 5
One third of twelve if you divide
By just one fifth of seven,
The true result (correctly tried)
Exactly is eleven.

How is this possible?

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Some Thoughts thoughts | Comment 2 of 10 |

Numerically, combining 3, 12, 5 and 7 with just multiplication and division doesn't seem to make it possible to come up with 11.

Perhaps it's really a word problem, with one third of "twelve" being "el".  But the extra "even" is 4/5 of "seven", not 1/5.  Besides that, taking "divide" literally, we'd have to separate the third taken from "twelve" to surround whatever we take from "seven".


  Posted by Charlie on 2004-03-24 08:35:39
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