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The Groom just doesn’t add up!

March14

wedding“An Indian bride walked out of her own wedding ceremony after the groom failed to solve a simple maths test, police in northern India said.

The bride in the state of Uttar Pradesh asked the groom to add 15 + 6. When he gave his answer as 17, she walked out of the ceremony.

The incident in Rasoolabad village prompted the groom’s relatives to plead with her to reconsider. She refused, saying that she had been misled about his level of education!” source: The Times

H3 Note: Weddings go on for days in India. You would think that the bride might have given the groom:
a) time to learn his tables
b) the solutions on a placemat
c) a chance to phone a friend?

Footnote: In Rasulabad male literacy is 49%, and female literacy is 31%, so this groom had everything going for him!

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NCEA Level 2 Algebra Problem. Using the information given, the shaded area = 9, that is:
y(y-8) = 9 –> y.y – 8y – 9 =0
–> (y-9)(y+1) = 0, therefore y = 9 (can’t have a distance of – 1 for the other solution for y)
Using the top and bottom of the rectangle,
x = (y-8)(y+2) = (9-8)(9+2) = 11
but, the left side = (x-4) = 11-4 = 7, but rhs = y+? = 9+?, which is greater than the value of the opp. side??
[I think that the left had side was a mistake and should have read (x+4)?]

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