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    Default List the possible outcomes?!

    My eldest son is a Maths teacher at a secondary school. He teaches all age groups and this little incident was from one of his 11 year old students.

    Throughout the year, various set project works are done.
    Some time ago, the students were given this piece of work which asked, "If you flipped two coins, list the possible outcomes?"

    They all worked out the answer:
    Heads + Heads
    Heads + Tails
    Tails + Tails.

    This little exercise was to prepare them for a particular question that was going to be coming at the end of year exams. OK?

    The exam came and the question was, "If a mother gives birth to twins, list the possible outcomes?"

    One student answered, "The mother could take both babies home. Take just one baby home. Or take none of the babies home."

    Unfortunately, no marks could be given for this extremely accurate answer!

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    Default Re: List the possible outcomes?!

    Although it was not the anticipated answer, couldn't there have been some special consideration?
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    Default Re: List the possible outcomes?!

    I bet that kid had at least one younger sibling!
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    Default Re: List the possible outcomes?!

    Good post Rik!

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    Default Re: List the possible outcomes?!

    If she was not all there, she might have taken someone else's baby home.

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    Default Re: List the possible outcomes?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Soquili View Post
    Although it was not the anticipated answer, couldn't there have been some special consideration?
    I agree. Under the circumstances the question was not precise enough and the answer to the question was quite correct. My teacher wife agrees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwpriester View Post
    If she was not all there
    Gary, your language intrigues me. I thought the phrase "(s)he was not all there" was a british idiom - it's suprising (to me) to find an American using it. Is it usual in the US?

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    Default Re: List the possible outcomes?!

    I don't think it is uncommon, but not as common as nuts, or Looney Tunes. On the other hand "mad" is hardly ever used except to mean angry.

    Not playing with a full deck, doesn't have both oars in the water, there are a few lights missing from the marquee, could substitute.

    Sorry Rik. I have hijacked your thread.

    My cousin, who is schizophrenic, before his onset of schizophrenia, used to respond to questions, "One or the other, both, or neither." Reminds me of the coin toss options.

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    Default Re: List the possible outcomes?!

    There is one more outcome...(tho' not likely to-day). both babies go home and the mother stays in the hospital due to complications.
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    Default Re: List the possible outcomes?!

    There's always a smart-alec.. ;-)

 

 

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