The answer is not 16 Published February 20, 2016 10:45 am by Claire What is the answer — and why? First to post the correct data wins … um, bragging rights. Or something. Published in Miscellaneous Previous Post Weekend links Next Post What I did on my Internet vacation
14. Because there is only one half of the coconut and only three bananas.
Close. But no banana. 😉
I’m off now. Battery’s about out and I forgot to bring the power supply. So you’ll have to hash this out on your own. Probably back Tuesday.
If it isn’t 14, you’ll need to explain it.
30/3=10: 1 apple = 10
10+8 bananas =18, so 1 banana has to represent 1
4 – 2 coconut halves = 2, so each coconut half represents 1
So 1 (1 coconut half) + 10 (1 apple) + 3 (3 bananas) sure looks like 14. Unless the answer is supposed to be something like, “ingredients for Banana, Apple and Coconut Crumble.
14, Yes, 14.
Okay. I kept getting 16, which I knew wasn’t right. Didn’t see the thing with the bananas.
All I see are some ingredients for a slightly strange fruit salad… but then, I never did have any patience for the kind of math problems that started out with trains going different directions. 🙂 Got introduced to calculators in the first college lab class… I can manage those, given enough time. But no coconuts, thanks. LOL
I’m late to this party and it did take me a few seconds to see it (curse you old age!). At least I arrived at the correct answer without exercising my common core math skills.
With the explicit math symbols (+/-) shown how can we assume that 2 coconut halves together represent ‘+’?
Daylan, its simple. A whole coconut = 2, so the math expression could have been + (whole coconut) and it would have been the same. Sheesh, I thought everyone knew a whole coconut was 2. 8-P
This is why people like me should avoid things like this.
Not only did I not notice the # in the last bunch of bananas; but I forgot KISS. I over analyzed; and ended up with an answer of 15.41 because I thought the two coconuts halves together meant that I should use the square root key on the calculator.
With a half a coconut, an apple and 3 bananas, the answer is 5. I would’ve answered 4 but I managed to see the last hidden banana.
Child’s view literally.
yeah, I keep coming up with 14, also.
in the second equation, 8 bananas = 8 because we know an apple is 10
so one banana = 1
third equation, 4-(2 coconut halves)=2, so one coconut half is 1
so in the last equation, 1 coconut half +10+3 bananas=14
oh duhhh. I didn’t refresh before I posted that.
dum dum dum.
To expound on the reasoning: an apple is worth at least five to ten times everything else. (Slight bias in being from Washington State.)
Because motorcycles don’t have doors.
My slide rule got stuck. Can I have a do over?
Feeling pretty stupid right now.
I didn’t notice the TWO coconut halves in the third line until I got 16 and looked at somebody else’s answer. It’s not even really three variables in three linear equations. Beyond trivial.
apple = x
banana = y
coconut half = z
3x = 30
x + 2y = 18
y – 2z = 2
x = 30/3 = 10
y = (18 – x)/2 = (18-10)/2 = 4
z = (y-2)/2 = (4 – 2)/2 = 1
x + y + z = 10 + 4 + 1 = 15
What are you guys smoking ? apple = 10 ?? hidden bananas ??? Uno mas cerveza por favor !
Bill St. Clair is the only one to get it right. The key is the bananas: it’s not 8 bananas in step two, it’s two bunches/> of bananas. The proper unit of measurement of bananas here is the bunch, not the unit. So the correct answer is 15.
Anyway, everyone knows that the real correct answer (to this and everything) is 42.
Do I feel like a dunce. I thought this is one of those tests that showed how young kids think.
The true answer is 15.
Well, I came to the 15 answer, but I see it’s already been posted here.
Now that I see what the values are assigned to, the bananas are key, the values of each bananas is one, not 4 per bunch.
Take a good look at the final banana bunch, there’s not four bananas, it has 3 therefore with one coconut half having a value of just 1 and the apple being 10 the total has to be 14.
I have always hated these kinds of problems.
What I see when I look at the illustrations:
Row one = Three apples = snacks for three meals
Row two = One apple and eight bananas = snacks for five meals
Row three = 1 coconut (split) and four bananas = fruit for a pitcher of daquiris
Row four = half a coconut one apple and three bananas = the makings for a fruit salad … now where did I put the kool whip?
One view of the future: http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/22/11087890/mark-zuckerberg-mwc-picture-future-samsung
14 – Bear explained it. I got it only after seeing the statement that it is not 16 and looking at the number of bananas in a clump more closely. It took me probably over a minute to get it. Darn it, Bear beat me to it, although I did not look at the comments until I arrived at the answer of 14.
Is it 12? -2 for coconut.
A-ha! Just looked.