Skip to comments.A Simple Logic Question That Most Harvard Students Get Wrong
Posted on 12/13/2012 7:28:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Havard students get near-perfect SAT scores. These are smart, smart kids. So they shouldn't have trouble with a simple logic question, right?
Try the following puzzle:
A bat and ball cost $1.10.
The bat costs one dollar more than the ball.
How much does the ball cost?
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I’m inclined to say “A nickel,” meaning that the ball costs 5 cents and the bat costs a dollar and five cents, making the bat cost a dollar more than the ball.
Nothing, their free thru 0bamaballs :-)
I’d be inclined to say, “we don’t know” because we don’t know if there is a market for balls when not paired with bats.....
Got it right! Simple algebra.
And you’d be correct.
Must be in a right-to-work state. In a union-thug state, they would cost $47.50.
(2 * X) + 1 = 1.10
That's racist. Probably homophobic too.
I didn’t know Obama had balls.
2X + (1.00- 1.00) = 1.10 - 1.00
2X = .10
X = .10/2
X = .05
Do they not teach math at Harvard?
Come on ... we all KNOW what they're really talking about!
Thus endeth my attempt at replicating the 'Feminist/Queer Studies" answer to the question.
Is that $1.10 before or after sales tax?
The bat cannot possibly be a dollar more than the ball, because the value of both together after taxes is about $.40. The question is flawed.
Two equations two unknowns:
X + Y = 1.1
Y = X + 1
Therefore 2X + 1 = 1.1
2x = .1
X = .05
Damn, I’m stoopid
My first instinct was to say 10 cents then it struck me that would mean the bat cost 90 cents more.
Of course it is a nickle.
The ball is 0.05
The Bat is 1.05 which is 1.00 more than 0.05
The total is 0.05 + 1.05 = 1.10
Is this before or after taxes?
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