Richard.W.Nichols@travelers.com
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 11:28:41 -0500

The following problem was presented to a group of third graders. I have a solution from the teacher that I disagree with. I thought I would pose the problem to a group of mathematics professionals and see if anyone comes up with the teachers answer.

I will state the problem twice as I am not sure how these things will translate in the various e-mail systems.

In words:
Diamond minus 38 equals Circle times 11 equals Square divided by 5 equals Triangle plus 27 equals Hexagon times 2 equals Oval minus 19 equals Star. Star equals 211. What number should replace each shape.

In symbols:
diamond - 38 = circle x 11 = square /5 = triangle +27 = hexagon x 2 = oval - 19 = star
Star = 211. What number should replace each shape.

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