Thursday, January 20, 2011

Contest #3

Two-thirds of a number is two from that number.

Too easy, you say? Try to make the translation!

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Answer to Contest #2

The English can be translated into this equation:

x (a number) + (plus) 4x (four times that number) - (minus) x/4 (a quarter of that number) = (is) 19 (19)

x + 4x - x/4 = 19

4x + 16x - x = 76

19x = 76

x = 4

The math is much easier than the English. I have to teach native speakers how to make these kinds of translations. How good are you at translating English into math?