Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Dim View of Potential Engineering Talent

From the New York Times today - Are You Smarter Than An 8th Grader? by Nicholas Kristof. Only seven percentage of American eighth graders were able to solve the following problem.  In contrast, 53% of Singaporean eighth graders answered correctly.

"A piece of wood was 40 centimeters long.  It was cut into three pieces.  The lengths in centimeters are 2x-5, x+7 and x+6.  What is the length of the longest piece?"

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