Thursday, May 28, 2009

Can You Do A 5th Grade Math Question?

This is a 5th grade math problem. If you can open the spreadsheet, you'll see it's a very small list of people who have gotten the correct number.
This is not a trick question (so don't say that a bus doesn't have legs). This is a real math problem and everything you need to answer it is in the following:

There are 7 children in a bus.
Each child has 7 backpacks.
In each backpack, there are 7 big cats.
For every big cat there are 7 little cats.
Question: How many legs are there in the bus?

(Obviously, you don't have the attachment to see if your number is correct. Feel free to guess.....I'll post the answer later.) BTW- don't read the comments if you want to work this out on your own! Crystal got it right!!!


Crystal said...

1582 kids/big and little cat legs.... 1584 if you count a busdriver?

Crystal said...

oops... its 10990 legs isn't it? can you tell that i'm bored at work?

Caleb and Adrienne said...


Caleb and Adrienne said...

You are so smart!! Your second guess was right!

LoveLladro said...

Dagonit! I had 1582 and thought I was right... where did I go wrong? BTW... I hate math.

Beth said...

Ha ha! I was right. Although I was too chicken to post this morning. I've had the answer written on a post it note all day. It could also be 10992 if you include the bus driver. The problem didn't say anything about the driver but someone's gotta take bus full of kids and kitties to school.

The Townleys said...

10990 legs total

Brittany said...

I got it, but of course I had to open up an excel spreadsheet to do it!