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A bat and ball cost $1.10. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

  • $0.05

    Votes: 14 77.8%
  • $0.10

    Votes: 4 22.2%
  • $0.20

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • $0.25

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • $1.00

    Votes: 0 0.0%

Math word problem that 90% of people get wrong

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A bat and ball cost $1.10. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

A) $0.05
B) $0.10
C) $0.20
D) $0.25
E) $1.00


This is an example of a word question where your `instinct will lead you astray.

Plz do not write your answer or explanation in this section, use the Poll for giving your answer, I will be providing the correct answer in a few days.
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馃槵 I didn't think this through... I changed my answer after further thought.
Most people get it wrong, because they were asleep in algebra class !
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I would guess the War of 1812, but that's not an option. So I opted for the answer closest to that.... chocolate chip cookies. 馃崻
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Most people get it wrong, because they were asleep in algebra class !
My step father , also a math major, started teaching me Algebra when I was in 5th grade during our car trips to the campsites. It isn't because people slept through Algebra, or if they never took it, but rather the way it is worded, and the prices that it is set at.

This is why I always preferred solving an equation vs a word problem. I got it right the 1st time, but not before doing a double take before writing the answer down.

I was always told that your first response is always the best in taking exams, until I took a philosophy class. For the final exam as I went to hand it in to the professor, I took one last glance at the exam I had finished, then one look at the professor, followed by me calling a SoB as I brought the test paper back to my table and changed every single answer I wrote. I think I was one of 5 people that had passed that final, they were all trick questions.
Are those pre-Biden prices?
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Is 1866 pre-Biden?
Is 1866 pre-Biden?
@Mr. Krinkle was referring to the relatively low prices of the ball.
@OrganikRoots was providing their answer with a picture.
@Mr. Krinkle was referring to the relatively low prices of the ball.
@OrganikRoots was providing their answer with a picture.
It's a joke....
It's a joke....
Good save. ;)
Is 1866 pre-Biden?
Only by 10 years.
Only by 10 years.
At least someone gets it. ;)
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I believe 1866 was right around the time biden met cornpop.
I believe 1866 was right around the time biden met cornpop.
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"Cornpop? He was a bad mothafu--"

"Shut yo mouth!"
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I believe 1866 was right around the time biden met cornpop.
Or fell off his bike.

Or fell up the stairs to Air Force One.
It was also one month after Joe saw Jill for the very first time.
She was eating a chocolate chip ice cream cone that she had just invented.

Yep, Joe fell in love at first sight.... with the ice cream that is.
Boy this thread took a tangential vector !
Well, we are talking about Mumblin' Joe....
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