Quandaries and Queries


Name: Kaitlyn
Who is asking: Student
Level of the question: Middle

Question: I have math problem that no one in my class was able to solve but the teacher said it does have an answer. We need to use the numbers and symbols only once to come up with the answer:

36 18 12 6 + - ( )

______________________________ = 41

Please help!!!



Hi Ann

If you add and subtract multiples of 6 such as 6, 12, 18 and 36, the answer you
will get will always be a multiple of 6, and not 41. So, I guess there must
be a trick to this one, possibly like

1(836 - 61+2)

(hmmmm... 620, too big)



(hmmmm... 57, still too big)

or ...