to think that both answers are equally right

(37 Posts)
lorisparkle Fri 26-Feb-16 19:23:36

The question is....

Complete the sequence

2.5, 3.50, 4.500, ........., 6.5, ....... 8.500, ..........

DS1 and his friend who are both in the top group for maths put this as their answer...

2.5, 3.50, 4.500, 5.50 , 6.5, 7.50, 8.500, 9.50

They were told the answer is wrong - I personally think that it is right and definitely as right as the answer 'in the book'

Which was 5.5000, 7.50 and 9.5000

DS1 got quite upset in class because he would not accept his answer is wrong. So what does everyone think and what would you do?

BlackHillsofDakota Fri 26-Feb-16 19:26:32

No I'd say you were wrong the pattern is no zero, one zero, two zero etc so if you leave off one of the zeros the pattern isn't correct. I'm not that great at maths though so I could be wrong

moreshitandnofuckingredemption Fri 26-Feb-16 19:27:51

Depends if it's couched as a maths question or a NVR question. If it's maths I'd put 5.5, 7.5 and 9.5 and expect it to be right (as are your DS' answers). If it's a NVR question then it's more about patterns and I would say the book answer is right.

ScarletOverkill Fri 26-Feb-16 19:29:00

I agree with BlackHills it's about the pattern of zeroes

DelphiniumBlue Fri 26-Feb-16 19:29:22

I'd say that the number of zeros is relevant to the pattern but not to the numerical value of the answer.

Icanseeclearly Fri 26-Feb-16 19:29:30

It is a pattern, your ds went for mathematical which is only part of the answer. Yes he was wrong but, probably, because he is thinking more mathematically than the group are aiming at. Not good now but will prove itself later.

Lweji Fri 26-Feb-16 19:30:16

It's actually unworkable.
It could be both.

OurBlanche Fri 26-Feb-16 19:31:36

I think the pattern was supposed to be more established than your DS spotted and they were wrong.

Bear in mind many science exams have "To X decimal places" in the questions and year after year a significant % of students get the sums right but the answer wrong for ignoring that instruction.

But I can see they had 'pyramidded' their answers and might have decided that they had an alternative and equally correct answer.

EduCated Fri 26-Feb-16 19:31:47

Agree it depends whether it was an NVR or mathematical question. Mathematically totally correct.

NotCitrus Fri 26-Feb-16 19:32:03

But it's just as good a pattern:
Ds: 0,1,2,1,0,1,2,1...

Book: 0,1,2,3,0,1,2,3....

Ascending and descending is just as patterny as ascending to 3 then starting again!

Quimby Fri 26-Feb-16 19:32:40

But does the kids answer not also follow a logical pattern?

Ad a zero each time until you have two zeros then take a zero away until you have none
Rinse repeat

cornflakegirl Fri 26-Feb-16 19:32:41

Loris - I agree - you can't tell whether the pattern of zeroes is 01210121 or 01230123. Would be quite worried about a maths teacher who couldn't see that - or explain why the former is incorrect if I'm missing something.

How old is your DS?

Tantrictantrum Fri 26-Feb-16 19:33:04

Agree it could be both. Stupid question

Lweji Fri 26-Feb-16 19:33:09

It doesn't make sense to suddenly drop back to no zeros, so it's equally plausible that there would be a reduction after the 500:
5,50,500,50,5,50,500,50,5
Or
5,50,500,5000,5,50,500,5000

I think whoever set it up was careless.

Lurkedforever1 Fri 26-Feb-16 19:33:25

As moreshit said, depends if it's a maths or nvr one.

OurBlanche Fri 26-Feb-16 19:33:35

Lweji, that's right. Without a triple 0 in the question you would be constrained, not introducing a new pattern. So, in that respect, OPs DS was 'more' correct (she says knowing how much that annoys proper Mathists smile)

EduCated Fri 26-Feb-16 19:33:46

And actually yes OurBlanche is right, theirs is also a pattern in the number of 0s: none, one, two, one, none.

Chicagomd Fri 26-Feb-16 19:35:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MsMermaid Fri 26-Feb-16 19:35:47

Even as part of a pattern I think ds's answer is better. His pattern uses the number of zeros as well.

No zeros, one zero, two zeros, one zero, no zeros, etc. That's a pattern, equally as good (better IMO) as a pattern that increases the number of zeros to an arbitrary point then goes back to no zeros.

arethereanyleftatall Fri 26-Feb-16 19:37:25

Yanbu.
The pattern could either be pyramid or increasing '0's. It's ambiguous.

Lweji Fri 26-Feb-16 19:39:55

Wouldn't it be great if the teacher was on MN?

lorisparkle Fri 26-Feb-16 19:40:37

DS1 is in Year 5 and it was in a maths lesson

So those who think DS is equally right - what should I do.

The teacher says that 'There is also a pattern sequence where the number of zero's (sic) increased, this allowed the class to discuss the place value aspects of numbers with decimal points'.

moreshitandnofuckingredemption Fri 26-Feb-16 19:41:05

Missed the bit about the rising/falling pattern, your son is right as well if it's an NVR question.
I bloody hate NVR, half the time I can have the question and answer in front of me and still not understand it [fick]

lorisparkle Fri 26-Feb-16 19:41:50

I would be highly surprised if the teacher is on MN but you never know!!!

cornflakegirl Fri 26-Feb-16 19:44:16

A good teacher would have said - excellent work DS! There's another pattern that fits too - can you find it?

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