A few years ago, the hit TV show, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader," proved to us all that elementary school is tougher than we remember. From spelling to math to history, many of the questions seem to stump the adults.
The show's final episode aired last fall, but that hasn't stopped adults from trying to tackle questions like these. Right now, there's a sixth grade math problem that has gone viral as people debate over the correct answer.
The question presents a scenario where 17 people board a train and 19 people get off. It then explains that there are now 63 people on the train, and asks how many people were on board before hand.
This test question was shared on Twitter by one student's mother, and has sparked an online discussion to find the correct answer.
The debate has been over whether the answer is 65 or 46. Which answer do you think is right?
Many came to the conclusion that the correct answer was 65, while others believed the answer was 46.
They called the number 19 a "red herring," claiming you could ignore it, because it had very little to do with the math problem at all. But that's not true.
The correct answer is actually 65. You come to this conclusion by subtracting 17 from 63 to see how many people were on board the train before the 17 passengers boarded. Then, add 19 to see how many people were on board before those 19 passengers got off.
So how did you do? Did you get the right answer?
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