It hurts my head!

I think it's safe to say that every child claims to hate school. I know GG is guilty of this. But deep down, she really does love school. She does well in class, has a bunch of friends, and we rarely hear complaints.

Math has long been one of her favorite subjects. Last year in second grade, her teacher told me on numerous occasions to push for her to be in the CalcuSolve program. This is a program for third through fifth graders. They work together doing various math problems, and after a month or so of practice, they compete with neighboring schools.

I was so excited when CalcuSolve began back in March and she was included. However, my excitement for this program has recently ceased. I always did well in math and up until last night, I have been more than willing (and able) to help her. Last night I felt like the biggest dumbass on the planet after trying to help her.

She had 9 problems to complete for today. It would have been nice if she started them a few days ago, but that's neither here nor there. She needed some help with 2 of the problems. Assuming the teacher doesn't have a problem with guessing, than my answers are spot on! I literally pulled some numbers out of my ass. With a little tweaking, we solved the problems.

She went up to her room to finish the packet. When I went up to check on her, she told me she couldn't figure the last 2 problems out. I said I would take a look and help her figure out the answer. Perhaps I was really tired, or my kids really have killed off all of my brain cells. Looking at those problems hurt my head!

Because I'm not a patient person and can't wait til the end of the day to find the solutions, I'm putting the problems on here. Hopefully someone can help this idiot find the answers.

1. To find the length of a certain rectangle, you must double the width and add 6 meters. If the perimeter of the rectangle is 56 meters, what is the length of the rectangle?

Clue: 2(length) + 2(width) = perimeter

2. Five years ago, Ben was 2/3 as old as Kris. Ten years from now he will be 5/6 as old as Kris. How old is Kris now?

Can you do elementary math? I sure can't!

Until next time....


Oka said...



11+6= 17 meters

Oka said...

okay for number two, don't ask me a formula. I choose to plug numbers instead.
It took a little screwing around, but my answer is Kris is now 20.

They answers all work out Kris was 15, is 20, will be 30. Which made BEn 10, is 15, and will be 25.

Kmama said...

You got me. I'd need an hour to figure that out!

Shell said...

LOL That's okay- then you encourage her to do it on her own!

Anonymous said...

lol Nope! Theres NO way I'll be able to help my kids with their math.

Claremont First Ward said...

Good thing OKA solved the for us all. :)