## Cows + goats maths question

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### Cows + goats maths question

Saw this article in My Paper. This test was conducted in China and France on Primary school kids.

On a ship there are 75 cows & 34 goats. How old is the captain of the ship?

The objective is to test the reaction of these kids based on type of answer they give.

The results they obtain, most China kids really would provide an answer and never doubt about this question or check with teacher. Most France kids would doubt about it and query the teacher or mock the teacher about the correctness of this question.

Interesting to try on your kids to see what is their reaction and share with us :-)

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### Re: Cows + goats maths question

I just asked mine. He doubted and queried me... then when I told him to try harder, he said "Not possible." and sauntered off.

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### Re: Cows + goats maths question

Gie this to SG kids and they are start crying

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### Re: Cows + goats maths question

ok.. so, what kind of reaction means what?

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### Re: Cows + goats maths question

Nebbermind wrote:Gie this to SG kids and they are start crying
You have missed 1 very important part of SG kids' reaction. They draw 2 models, one for goat and one for cow. Then they start crying.

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### Re: Cows + goats maths question

Nebbermind wrote:Gie this to SG kids and they are start crying

You sure it is not covered in GEP class?

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### Re: Cows + goats maths question

ok.. so, what kind of reaction means what?

ya lor! Why so not transparent one?

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### Re: Cows + goats maths question

wonderm wrote:
Nebbermind wrote:Gie this to SG kids and they are start crying

You sure it is not covered in GEP class?

They only covered cow and sheep...can use same model?

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### Re: Cows + goats maths question

daisyt wrote:Saw this article in My Paper. This test was conducted in China and France on Primary school kids.

On a ship there are 75 cows & 34 goats. How old is the captain of the ship?

It may not be possible to compute the age of the captain of the ship but we can make assumptions about how long more he will live. Assuming there were an equal number of cows and goats to start with, and that it takes 10 days to consume kambing soup made out of a single goat, that would mean the captain has consumed (75-34) * 10 days = 410 days of kambing soup. Since each bowl contains 164 calories (from here), he would have consumed a total of 67,240 calories. At this rate, he will only be able to enjoy another 32,760 calories or 200 days more before he dies from the total of 100,000 calories.

QED.

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### Re: Cows + goats maths question

ChiefKiasu wrote:
daisyt wrote:Saw this article in My Paper. This test was conducted in China and France on Primary school kids.

On a ship there are 75 cows & 34 goats. How old is the captain of the ship?

It may not be possible to compute the age of the captain of the ship but we can make assumptions about how long more he will live. Assuming there were an equal number of cows and goats to start with, and that it takes 10 days to consume kambing soup made out of a single goat, that would mean the captain has consumed (75-34) * 10 days = 410 days of kambing soup. Since each bowl contains 164 calories (from here), he would have consumed a total of 67,240 calories. At this rate, he will only be able to enjoy another 32,760 calories or 200 days more before he dies from the total of 100,000 calories.

QED.

buay tahan

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