Wordless Wednesday: Are you smarter than a third grader?

I dare you to try…

Granted, it was for extra credit.

Took me 15 minutes and 9th grade algebra to get the answers. I mean, help Reed find the answers. Seriously — Grade 3!?

I’ve got a $5 Starbucks card to the first person with correct answers. Show your work!

22 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Are you smarter than a third grader?”

  1. Holy Toledo! 3rd grade? Answer (bc I want starbucks :)

    Shelley – 29
    Sophie – 34
    Tyler – 90
    Hal – 9
    Perlin – 135

    P+H+T=7.85
    (H+15).25+.1H+(10+h).05=7.85
    .25H=$3.75+.1H+.5+.05H=$7.85
    .4H=3.6
    H=9

    Sophie=(Sh+5).50
    .01(shelley) = Sophie – 16.71
    .01Sh=(Sh+5).5-16.71
    .01Sh-.5Sh=-14.21
    -.4sh=-14.21
    sh=29

  2. I think the correct answers are:

    “No, I am not smarter than a 3rd grader.”

    and

    “Yes, I’m smarter than a 3rd grader because I know better than to spend time working out the answer to this problem only to earn a $5 Starbucks card.”

    …so…since I am right on both counts (no pun intended), do I get the prize???

  3. I disagree with part of the previous answer and my math skills aren’t great and my work is chicken scratch until I figure it out…

    Sophie and Shelly is easy because Sophie only has to have more coins in half dollars than Shelly has in pennies. Shelly has a set amount of 16.71 less than Sophie.

    Sophie has 34 half dollars and Shelly has 29 pennies
    17.00 = (34 coins)
    0.29 = (29 pennies)
    17.00 – .29 = 16.71
    agree with previous answer

    Tyler has nickles and must have 10 more coins than Hal
    Hal has dimes
    Perlin has quarters and must have 15 more coins than Hal
    Combined they have $7.85 in coins

    Tyler has 19 nickles for a total of $0.95
    Hal has 9 dimes for a total of $0.90
    Perlin has 24 quarters for a total of $6.00

    1. Ruh roh! I didn’t check Daria’s answers thoroughly. In fact, you, Theadoptedones, came up with the same answers that I did, the same ones that meet the criteria.

      So Starbucks is on me!

      Smartypants :-)

  4. Aw, I got here too late for the math quiz! That would have been fun! Except I don’t patronize Starbucks.

    I can’t believe that’s 3rd grade math…

  5. Why? Why would you do this? Math is not my friend. Not then, not now. I can’t believe I tried. However, I do not have that much spare time and I already know that I will have nightmares over math. I’m going to go over to the corner and cry now.

  6. Took me 2 minutes and I came up with the same answers as Theadoptedones. Of course, I failed algebra both in high school and college so I used a spreadsheet. Theory is the same, but other than showing my code I can’t tell you how I figured it out.

  7. I HATE MATH! And I’m past being able to help my 3rd, 4th, and 5th grader with their homework. I’m lucky I can still help the Kindergarten kid!

    Stopping by from wordless wednesday. New follower.
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  8. I’m not even going to try it, because I know I’m not smarter than a 3rd grader. I gave up helping my daughter with her homework when she was in 3rd grade last year. Math is a whole other animal and taught completely different than when we were kids.

  9. Hrm… Y’know, Starbucks is pretty cool…

    But I don’t really feel like trying to figure THAT shenanigan up.

    Is your kid in the Talented and Gifted program? Maybe that’s why they’re being given such an insane extra credit assignment.

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