Monday, January 14, 2008

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?

A 5th grade word problem:

There are 7 girls on a bus.
Each girl has 7 backpacks. In each backpack, there are 7 big cats.
For every big cat there are 7 little cats.

Question: How many legs are there in the bus?

There is no one else on the bus, not even the bus driver.

Let's see what you come up with!!

4 comments:

Laurie said...

Sorry. don't want to think that hard...:)

Angelle said...

Is this a trick question?

Mandi said...

no tricks i promise!

Jeff Van Epps said...

7 girls x 2 legs each = 14
7 x 7 = 49 backpacks
49 x 7 = 343 big cats
343 big cats x 4 legs each = 1372
343 x 7 = 2401 little cats
2401 little cats x 4 legs each = 9604
14 + 1372 + 9604 = 10990 legs