'Am I missing something?': Difficult maths homework for 7yo bamboozles internet

• 02/11/2020

Lockdown Zoom lessons and homeschooling have caused many parents around the world a headache this year.

But one child's maths homework question has left the internet baffled after their confused mum shared it to Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips and Tricks, which has over one million members.

"Is the answer to A) and B) the same or am I missing something?!"

The tricky question is as follows: "Karla says: 'I have three hundreds counters, 17 tens counters and 16 ones counters.'

"A) Can she make two equal three-digit numbers? If so, draw the counters to show them.

"B) Can she make two equal three-digit numbers if she had to use all her counters? If so, draw the counters to show them."

The mother said she had never seen homework so difficult before, and needed help from the internet.

But many commenters were left scratching their heads - including one person who said they have a PhD in mathematics.

"I have no idea what this question is asking - unless there's a diagram to go with it or more explanation somewhere else," they added.

"How old is this homework meant for?" another person questioned, to which someone else replied: "clearly not for a 40-year-old woman, I'm lost."

Hopper told The Sun she and her child eventually managed to figure it out, putting down 172 for question A, and 243 for question B.

"I did and the teacher has marked it as correct!" she told the newspaper.

It's not the first time a confusing maths question has hit headlines. In 2017 a Reddit user shared her eight-year-old daughter's maths homework, which posed the question: "Janell had 15 marbles. She lost some of them. How many does Janell have now?"

"If someone can answer this correctly, my child will be done with her homework!!" read her Reddit post.