Saturday, March 21, 2009

Forgetful John!

Wizzkid and I were stymied with a particular maths problem. I had the answer workbook, BUT I was determined not to look at it!

The question was .......

"John spent $24 of his savings on a watch and 1 fifth of the remainder on a T- shirt. He still had 2 thirds of his savings left. How much was his savings at first?"


WizzKid and I were perplexed!

After much deliberation ..... Wizzkid turned to me and said "Gees-man , John should have kept his flippin' receipt!!!" ...... we laughed and laughed!!

xx

6 comments:

Beth said...

Ok, ok, I'll bite and try this, but only if you post the answer sometime :)

Wizzkid's response had me laughing!!

beth

Chasity said...

heehe!!
Be blessed,
Chasity

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

Such a practical answer! And much simpler too :-)

ByHISgoodGrace said...

Eish! I like his answer. That is mind boggling. Please let us know the answer!

Diane said...

That's SO funny!

Luke said...

Hilarious!

I'm going to try to solve this:
Given: x - 24 = y and y - 1/5y = 2/3x -> 4/5y = 2/3x -> y = 10/12x
Therefore:
x - 24 = 5/6x
1/6x = 24
x = $144

Check:
$144 - $24 = $120
$120 * 1/5 = $24
$120 - $24 = $96
2/3 * $144 = $96

Answer checks out. John's savings were $144.

~Luke