Another question to prove you're smart!

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  1. WaffleCheese profile image44
    WaffleCheeseposted 8 years ago

    Okay you wise guys/gals,

    You think your so smart with the first one, how about this one?

    You have 80 potatoes. You take the potatoes and divide them by half then add 6, multiplied by 5. How many potatoes do you have?

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You have 80 potatoes!

    2. Mr Nice profile image79
      Mr Niceposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      According to your answer there are 830 potatoe pieces but actually you have 80 whole potatoes. Therefore the correct answer is 80 whole potatoes.

    3. cheaptrick profile image74
      cheaptrickposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      What Kind of Potatoes?

      1. blondepoet profile image72
        blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        They are small with cute little ears ROFL. smile

        http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb275/addnufc/potatoe.jpg

        1. cheaptrick profile image74
          cheaptrickposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          SO COOL!
          The answer to the question is simple!
          The Bus driver did it!
          Pass to the left!

          1. blondepoet profile image72
            blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Yes let's blame the bus driver haha.
            He did it!!!!!!
            Mr Potato head was his accomplice in crime.

  2. ediggity profile image59
    ediggityposted 8 years ago

    40

    Divide them by half, half of 80 is 40

    80/40=2

    add 6

    =8

    multiply by 5

    =40

    or 2 plus 6 multiplied by 5=32, but you put a comma which would infer the order of operations above.

  3. Misha profile image71
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    I am not. In your sense. smile

  4. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 8 years ago

    46 times 5 or 166 times 5

  5. relache profile image84
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    I would just divide the potatoes, drizzle them with olive oil, then roast them and multiply the deliciousness with rosemary.

    1. Jane@CM profile image61
      Jane@CMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm with relache!

    2. blondepoet profile image72
      blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      LMAO and sit on the sofa with my feet on a poofa, and watch Masterchef on telly while indulging.

  6. ReuVera profile image78
    ReuVeraposted 8 years ago

    190

  7. mrpopo profile image72
    mrpopoposted 8 years ago

    If you divide them by half (i.e. cut them in two) you'd have 160 potato pieces. If you add 30 more potatoes, you'd have 160 potato pieces and 30 potatoes.

  8. profile image0
    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    230

  9. mrpopo profile image72
    mrpopoposted 8 years ago

    Or, if you want to follow the operations chronologically, 830.

    I don't really like the wording in that though, I think it's more appropriate to add 30 (add 6, multiplied by 5)

    1. WaffleCheese profile image44
      WaffleCheeseposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You're being too literal!

      It's not in the wording..



      Think about it.


      Thiiiiiiiink....


      Still thinking?

      1. mrpopo profile image72
        mrpopoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I usually am tongue

        What was the answer though, out of curiousity?

  10. Jewels profile image83
    Jewelsposted 8 years ago

    430.  That's allot of chips.

  11. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 8 years ago

    I made it 830.
    Start again.
    80 potatoes. Half them (as we do, becaue a whole potato unless they are small takes too long to cook) makes 160. Add 6. OK That's 166. Then multiply by 5 = 830 (actually I thought it was 560 the first time - it's late OK my head isn't so good).
    But again, it could be a trick question.
    The line asked "divide them by half" which isn't necessarily halfing them.

  12. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 8 years ago

    Duh! You have 80 potatoes. You can't have any more or less thanyou started off with!

    1. Lisa HW profile image66
      Lisa HWposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Izzy, if you still have that match from Waffle's other thread you could smoke the 80 potatoes.   smile

  13. Ohma profile image73
    Ohmaposted 8 years ago

    80 divided by half (half of 80 is 40 (40/80=2)) add 6 (2+6=8) multiplied by 5 (8x5=40)
    40 is what I come up with.

    1. ediggity profile image59
      ediggityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      At least I won't go down in flames all alone. Cumonnnnnn 40!

    2. money-man profile image77
      money-manposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      40/80 = . 5 or 1/2

      big_smile

  14. money-man profile image77
    money-manposted 8 years ago

    hmmm...

    70... smile

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Did you eat 10??? lol

      1. money-man profile image77
        money-manposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        nope... I did this... smile

        (80 potatoes/2) = 40
        add
        (6, multiplied by 5) = 30
        equals...
        ...
        wait for it
        ...
        70 smile

        1. IzzyM profile image88
          IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Right there are several ways the actual sum can be looked at.
          But  you only have 80 potatoes to start with.
          The rest of the question only mentioned sums, nothing to do with your 80 potatoes.
          So you still have 80 potatoes?
          I'm getting a headache, I think I'll go to bed...

  15. Milla Mahno profile image70
    Milla Mahnoposted 8 years ago

    70

    EDIT: LOL. we cross posted smile

    (80/2)+(5x6)=70

    1. money-man profile image77
      money-manposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      you just copied my answer... haha smile

      1. Milla Mahno profile image70
        Milla Mahnoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        LOL I swear I hit reply, then got distracted for a mo - and when I posted, yours was there already...

        1. money-man profile image77
          money-manposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          smile

  16. money-man profile image77
    money-manposted 8 years ago

    Come on, WaffleCheese...

    Give us the right answer... smile

  17. profile image0
    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    i think he is busy getting another ready

  18. timorous profile image82
    timorousposted 8 years ago

    Depending on your interpretation of 'divide', there are several answers.

    The original question:
    [You have 80 potatoes. You take the potatoes and divide them by half then add 6, multiplied by 5. How many potatoes do you have?]

    If you divide the 80 potatoes 'by' half, you'd have 40 potatoes.  If you divided the potatoes 'in' half, you'd have 160 potato halves, but still no more than 80 potatoes.  I'm assuming 40.

    Ok..I think the rest of the question after the 'divide them by half' is a deception. 

    The real answer is in fact be 40 potatoes.

    Ok. WaffleCheese quit waffling...is it in fact 40? neutral

  19. WaffleCheese profile image44
    WaffleCheeseposted 8 years ago

    830

    1. money-man profile image77
      money-manposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      What's happened to the math rules that we've all learned in school?

      http://www.purplemath.com/modules/numbprop.htm

      Since when does one not multiply/divide, prior to doing addition/subtraction?

      big_smile

  20. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 8 years ago

    Excuse-moi? Didn't I say that about 15 million posts back? AND I wasn't the first...Pretty Dark Horse said it too..then you said to look at the problem in a simpler fashion or words to that effect.
    So I went back to the 80 tatties you started with..
    Right I really do have a headache now...I am going!

  21. WaffleCheese profile image44
    WaffleCheeseposted 8 years ago

    Haha..


    Well, I must apologize.

    I am at work right now (don't tell my boss) and so I'm unable to read each post.


    Izzy, if it's any consolation, you're brilliant!

    Wafflecheese

    1. blondepoet profile image72
      blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Lay another one on us Sam I am ready. smile

  22. timorous profile image82
    timorousposted 8 years ago

    830 huh?  Well yes, but only if you consider the original 80 potatoes were cut 'in half', and not 'by half' as you put it. At that point there would still be 80 potatoes.  Your phrasing is faulty if your intended answer was 830.  830 what?

    You also didn't specify whether to add 6 'potatoes', or just the number 6.

    I still think the final adding and multiplying are just window-dressing. 

    The last part of the question is the most telling:
    "How many potatoes do you have?"

    No..I'm sorry, the answer is stil 40 (or 80) potatoes. mad  So there.  Good night.

  23. Cagsil profile image80
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    lol lol lol lol lol

  24. WaffleCheese profile image44
    WaffleCheeseposted 8 years ago

    Complete the last two in this sequence: 1=3, 2=3, 3=5, 4=4, 5=4, 6=3, 7=5, 8=5, 9=4, 10=3, 11=?, 12=?

    1. blondepoet profile image72
      blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Won't be a tic Waffle I am in the process of studying this one while trying to peel some prawns for lunch. smile

      1. blondepoet profile image72
        blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        11= 6   12= 6. Is that right? Oops spilled a prawn shell down my shirt LMAO.

    2. iantoPF profile image81
      iantoPFposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      11 = 6, 12 = six. as BP said. or to put it another way eleven has 6 letters and twelve has six letters, that's the sequence your using.
      The other problem is solved by the mathematical rule we used in school of BODMAS the order of calculations in an equation;
      Brackets, Of, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction.

      Good puzzles though. Got any more?

  25. blondepoet profile image72
    blondepoetposted 8 years ago

    Waffle where are you?
    Quick have a coffee break when no-one is looking at work to tell me if I am right or wrong. That took hard work lol eating and thinking at the same time.

  26. WaffleCheese profile image44
    WaffleCheeseposted 8 years ago

    Good job blonde poet! You got it!

    1. blondepoet profile image72
      blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Woo hoo Waffle that has just waffled my socks.
      See everyone the Blonde did it. I will gladly do autographs later LMAO.

  27. WaffleCheese profile image44
    WaffleCheeseposted 8 years ago

    Sorry, just got home from work!


    haha

  28. ReuVera profile image78
    ReuVeraposted 8 years ago

    Actually, this is a tricky question. I used to have a friend, a math teacher and he was always challenging my son with these kind of questions. By coincidence, he gave him this one and I remember the solution.  They're hoping that you do this:

    80/2 + 6 x 5.

    What you should actually do is this:

    80 divided by 1/2 + (6 x 5).

    80 divided by 1/2 is the same as 80 x 2 (by the invert-and-multiply rule), so 80 divided by half is actually 160.

    So now you have 160 + (6 x 5).

    The order of operations dictates that you multiply before you add. 6 x 5 is 30. 160 plus 30 is 190.

    The correct answer is 190. The answer most people would get is 230 (the result of 40 + 6 x 5).

  29. AEvans profile image77
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    With all of the dividing I would probably nibble on 1/25 and then I would be to exhausted to count. big_smile

    1. blondepoet profile image72
      blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I can lend you one of my poofas AE to rest your feet on while you think lol. smile

      1. AEvans profile image77
        AEvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Heheheheheh! Please me toesy and feetsy need a little rest! big_smile

        1. blondepoet profile image72
          blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          A little comfy poofa for poor worn out AE coming up.

          http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff287/Dove_CG/Bonnie%20and%20Clyde%20with%20Nosy/9856.jpg

  30. Aficionada profile image83
    Aficionadaposted 8 years ago

    The number sequence that blondepoet got right (congrats, BTW!) - that's just another version of "The Magic Number."  Four is The Magic Number, because all numbers eventually lead back to four by this process.

    In English, that is.  (Oops, did I give it away?) lol

  31. aromebrill profile image57
    aromebrillposted 8 years ago

    Mr,Tomato your question is too complicated. Let me think about it again I will get across to you very soon

 
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