Mayukh Saha
August 23, 2024 ·  3 min read

# This Kid’s Math Question Has People Arguing. What’s the Right Answer?

We must admit that most people’s least favorite school subject is maths. It’s difficult, occasionally perplexing, and somewhat demanding, particularly when it comes to ideas like algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. On the other hand, one would think that any adult should be able to respond appropriately to a kids’ math question. This, however, doesn’t seem to be the case as a seemingly straightforward maths question shared by a member of X (previously known as Twitter) created quite a stir on social media with users unable to agree upon what the correct answer would be.

## The Kids’ Math Question

The person who asked the difficult question said that he was having trouble determining which of the four provided times was closest to midnight. The question was “What is the closest time to midnight?” It gave the following options:
A: 11.55 P.M.
B: 12.06 A.M.
C: 11:50 P.M.
D: 12.03 A.M.

## What’s The Answer?

The kids’ math question led to a variety of responses and interpretations. Many internet users were certain that option A was the right response, while others thought it was illogical to select that response and wondered how they arrived at that conclusion. One user wrote, “Lmao how are y’all saying A that’s almost midday.” However, the primary logic behind choosing this option was the understanding that it was a “trick question”. Since it asked for the closest time “to” midnight, and not “from” midnight, and since time does not flow backwards, so the logical option is A.

## The General Solution

However, most people kept with option D. After all, if we ignore the question being a trick, then that time is only 3 minutes from midnight (which is 12 A.M.). What do you think is the answer? Let us know in the comments! Also, read on to see a few more kids’ math questions that have baffled adults.

## Clever Crossword

In this Kids’ question, the child had to figure out the three-letter word signifying the given pictures. Even though, they managed to do all of them, they could not figure out the one for the thumbs-up. However, when the mother posted the question on Reddit, the answer became obvious. It was “YES”.

## Reading A Book

This kids’ math question left many adults reeling, merely from the sight of it. As you can see, there are a bunch of fractions given, along with pretty complicated instructions. However, for those who are used to such problems, it might not appear to be very complicated. For example, an engineer with a PhD had boldly claimed that it was quite easy, assuming Klein began to read the book on Monday. If that is alright, then all you have to do is you divide 30 pages by five to see how much one-eighth is worth, with the answer being six.

## Number Pyramid

This kids’ math problem came from the parent of a 9-year-old. However, most of the respondents as well as the original poster believed it is quite difficult for a 9-year-old. Most even gave up, and waited for the solution. The trick to solving the question, as per the solution comments, is to figure out the sum. There is no need to figure out the individual values of the symbols. Hence, we can break down the pyramid into the following equations:
For the first and second level:
7+star=blank
star=9=heart;
For the second and third level:
blank+heart=40;
7+star+heart=40 (replacing blank with “7+star” from previous level);
hence, star+heart=40-7=33
What answer did you get?

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