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Old 09-11-2010, 13:08
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Hi,
Did anyone watch last night. The maths question sung by The Wanted... the answer I got every time I tried working it out on a calculator was 34, none of the contestants got it right. The answer was 100! Is this a mistake? or was some of the song edited out and someone forgot it will change the answer.

Nobody got near 100 as their answer, even Jonathan Ross questioned how was the answer 100 last night.

Did anyone work it out as 100?
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Old 09-11-2010, 13:16
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I got it as 108 but got lost at 56 X2
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Old 09-11-2010, 13:24
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What was the question?
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Old 09-11-2010, 13:31
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I worked it out as 100. I think what happened was in the song they said divide by 2 whilst the writing on screen said multiply by 2. If you multiplied instead of divided at that point, you would have reached 100. I'm guessing everyone else divided.
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Old 09-11-2010, 13:34
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I worked it out as 100. I think what happened was in the song they said divide by 2 whilst the writing on screen said multiply by 2. If you multiplied instead of divided at that point, you would have reached 100. I'm guessing everyone else divided.
so basically the editors messed up. I'm gunna watch it again when I get home and I'll type up the question on here.
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Old 09-11-2010, 13:45
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I got 100. They said and showed that in the equation you should multiply it by 2 and again multiply that answer by 2. It's just people not paying attention to the question properly.
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Old 09-11-2010, 14:00
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Old 09-11-2010, 14:22
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Actually its singular
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Old 09-11-2010, 14:28
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Actually its singular
You are quite right Maths is singular, but ends with an "s". Amazing isn't it?

Not really. Think of Mathematics or Physics or molasses or measles or dress or mumps or hippopotamus or truss or class, or any of a long list of English words that end with "s" but are singular.
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Old 09-11-2010, 14:33
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You are quite right Maths is singular, but ends with an "s". Amazing isn't it?

Not really. Think of Mathematics or Physics or molasses or measles or dress or mumps or hippopotamus or truss or class, or any of a long list of English words that end with "s" but are singular.
Math is singular, maths is the plural.

Edit: In America... I watch too many American shows And I'm not stupid thanks, no need for the sarcasm and to list English words ending in s that are singular Math and Maths is a bit different as they are both words used.
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Old 09-11-2010, 14:46
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Math is singular, maths is the plural.

Edit: In America... I watch too many American shows And I'm not stupid thanks, no need for the sarcasm and to list English words ending in s that are singular Math and Maths is a bit different as they are both words used.
Math is not used in the UK, what next having everything simple end in 101 e.g it's so simple it's accountancy 101 etc
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Old 09-11-2010, 14:51
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Anyway this thread is about the mathS question I admit I was wrong but shame about the sarcasm.

I probably just missed something out in the question, but it was bugging me how I couldn't get it to 100!
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Old 09-11-2010, 14:57
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26 x 2 (52) x 2 (104) - 9 (95) + 5 = 100
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Old 09-11-2010, 15:28
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Yes, I got 100. Was surprised when they all got around the 40 something mark, thinking I had missed something.
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Old 09-11-2010, 15:40
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Maths*

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Old 09-11-2010, 15:56
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I got 100. I was confused and thinking back when the contestants came out with 40 somthing answers but was happy again when the answer was revealed
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Old 09-11-2010, 16:13
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Same here I got 100. My other half was convinced I was going to be wrong when they showed all their answers. I wasn't!
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Old 09-11-2010, 16:56
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Math is singular, maths is the plural.

Edit: In America... I watch too many American shows And I'm not stupid thanks, no need for the sarcasm and to list English words ending in s that are singular Math and Maths is a bit different as they are both words used.
Maths is the UK abrieviation for Mathematics. Americans don't use "maths" at all, they always say "math", so it's not really to do with plural and singular.

Anyway the Moyles question was arithmetic, not math(s).
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Old 09-11-2010, 17:08
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26 x 2 (52) x 2 (104) - 9 (95) + 5 = 100
Yep that's what I got - the second 'x2' was very quick after the first so easily missed. Left out you get 48 which is what Chris answered. Think Patsy Kensit even mentioned it at the time
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Old 09-11-2010, 18:26
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Yep that's what I got - the second 'x2' was very quick after the first so easily missed. Left out you get 48 which is what Chris answered. Think Patsy Kensit even mentioned it at the time
I'm still confused as to how I got my answer! gunna have a look after dinner.
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Old 09-11-2010, 19:00
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The question was:

10 + 11 - 7 + 8 + 4 x 2 x 2 - 9 + 5 = ?

I realised why I kept getting 34 my calculator wasn't working it out right!!! Oh well
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Old 09-11-2010, 22:33
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I got 100. Whowas the young dancer featured?
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Old 09-11-2010, 23:19
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The question was:

10 + 11 - 7 + 8 + 4 x 2 x 2 - 9 + 5 = ?

I realised why I kept getting 34 my calculator wasn't working it out right!!! Oh well
There's where you went wrong. With some calculators and spreadsheet programs they don't just "work from left to right" as you would if you did it in your head. The operators for multiplication and division have precedence over those for addition and substraction.

So while the calculation is written in the order as above your calculator does the multiplication bit first, gets the answer 16, and then plugs that into the rest of the equation, thus:-

4x2x2+10+11-7+8-9+5=?

which gets you to 34.
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:49
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There's where you went wrong. With some calculators and spreadsheet programs they don't just "work from left to right" as you would if you did it in your head. The operators for multiplication and division have precedence over those for addition and substraction.

So while the calculation is written in the order as above your calculator does the multiplication bit first, gets the answer 16, and then plugs that into the rest of the equation, thus:-

4x2x2+10+11-7+8-9+5=?

which gets you to 34.
Is there any reason behind this? seems silly to me. I'll not be lazy and work it out properly next week.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:24
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Bodmas?
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