This year 2 maths question has everyone stumped

Leah Cohen
Can you work out this year two math problem? Photo: Twitter


Fully grown adults have been pulling their hair out over this year two maths question.

Mum Louise Bloxham, from Bristol, England, took a picture of the tricky math problem designed for seven-year-olds and shared it on Twitter, according to The Sun.

The math question obviously raised some eyebrows because the comments went off, sparking debates about what the answer was and whether it was in fact too difficult for year two kids.

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The maths problem reads:

“There are some people on a train.
19 people get off the train at the first stop.
17 people get on the train.
Now there are 63 people on the train.
How many people were on the train to begin with?”

Can you work it out?

A Twitter user explained if you use the equation: x -19 + 17 = 63 with ‘x’ being the number of people who were on the train at the start, you should get 65.

However, some found a different way to get the answer, saying you need to take the current number of people on the train (63) and remove the 17 that got on, which leaves you with 63 - 17 = 46.

The students would then need to add the people who got off the train (19) back into the equation, so 46 + 19, to figure the number of people on the train to begin, 65.

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To throw another spanner into the works, Louise revealed the answer on the paper was 46, which only confused everyone even more, convincing some that perhaps that is the answer.

Despite the many ways people tried to work out the equation, parents concluded the exam answer was wrong and the only answer could be 65.

Even so, this is certainly no maths question for a seven-year-old in year two, given parents couldn’t even work it out.

x - 19 + 17 = 63 so 'x' must be 65! Photo: iStock

One Twitter user said: “This is abstract thinking which hasn’t developed in children at that age.”

Another said it was “ridiculous pressure on children who are six to seven-years-old.”

“Crazy question… Poor kids,” said another.

We couldn’t agree more!