/ Calling all you Genius's! - Answer this!

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Stanners - on 17 May 2012
There's a £97 shirt but you have no money so you borrow £50 from your mum and £50 from your dad. You buy the shirt with £3 change so you give your mum £1 and your dad £1 and keep £1 for yourself. You owe your mum and dad £49 each. £49x2=£98 +the £1 you kept = £99 what happened to the other £1?!
steelbru - on 17 May 2012
In reply to Stanners:
The shirt is worth £97, and you have £1, therefore you have assts of £98. You owe £98. No problem.
Philip on 17 May 2012
Simple, you can't count.

You owe you M and D 49+49=98 as you already paid them each 1. The 1 that is yours is what you borrowed originally and so is included in the 98 not in addition to. 98 = 97 you spent and the 1 you pocketed.
Horse on 17 May 2012
In reply to Stanners:

Don't buy a £97 shirt is the obvious answer.
Dominion - on 17 May 2012
In reply to Stanners:

The shirt cost them £98 - not £97 - because you kept £1 for yourself.

So if you give them back £1 in change, then you owe them each £49.

victim of mathematics - on 17 May 2012
In reply to Stanners:

Is the thread title meant to be ironic?
birdie num num - on 17 May 2012
In reply to Stanners:
I bought two fingers of fudge and a Snickers with it
JSA - on 17 May 2012
In reply to Stanners:

You borrowed £100, £50 from each. The shirt cost £97. You then give your parents 1/2 the price of the shirt each = £48.5 + £1 each from the change = £49.5 each x2 = £99 + the £1 you kept = £100 so nothing happened to "the other £1".
mgco3 - on 17 May 2012
In reply to Stanners: You added the pound instead of subtracting it. You have a pound and you owe 2 x £49 = £98 . If you gave back the pound to one parent then you would owe £97.. The cost of the shirt. You may as well say that you owed one parent £49 and the other parent £49. £49 minus £49 = £0. You owe nothing and have a shirt worth £97 and a £1..

By putting the values on the wrong side of the equation doesnt equal the same result.. Sorry I wish it was that easy

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