# A little bit fishy.

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How much does a fish weigh if it weighs 1 pound plus half its own weight?

2 pounds

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so... that's what algebra was designed to do.

still a cruel thing to put school children through.

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requiring such math classes is cruel and unusual, but as long as we're not being punished proper, so much as being pointlessly tormented, it's not unconstitutional. Therefore, In the US, we must suffer through four years of evil fishy riddles

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they dont keep going with the fish, eventually they have you do really important things, like finding the surface area and volume of a donut...

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Don't forget the density of Great Aunt Claire after two infusions of blood and a liposuction

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ok mayb this is the answer, but u said it wieghs 1 pound

so it weighs one pound

forget the math

look outside the horizon

thats mayb

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For goodness sake here. Look the fish weighs 1lb plus half it's weight ( 1lb ) half of 1lb is 8 oz( 0.5lb)...right so it weighs 1.5lb yeh? If it weighs what it weighs plus half of that then it weighs 1.5lb to the answer ga ga

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i cant tell if your joking or not : P

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He must be, because I'm a total math idiot, and even I know that that's nowhere near to true.

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If you reword the question it would work out at 2/3 Ib as 2/3 + 1/3 = 1 IB

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If you reword the question it would work out at 2/3 Ib as 2/3 + 1/3 = 1 IB

interesting... if you change the question it has a different answer?

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Yeah - bit of an exam tip there.

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post number two...

2 pounds.

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I'm going to have to ask for some working, coz this is really going to annoy me

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It's a good thing this wasn't posted in the Maths forums. Dave would ban you all.

Callipygous is right.

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I got 2 working backwards with algerbra, but it still doesn't make sense. But i don't care anymore. NEXT>

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How much does a fish weigh if it weighs 1 pound plus half its own weight?

It's easy. The fish weighs 'one pound plus half it's own weight'. So it weighs half its own weight plus one pound. So its weight (x) = 1 + 0.5x

x - 0.5x = 1

0.5x = 1

x = 1/0.5

x = 2 = fish's weight.

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ohh, i do enjoy a good algebraic problem to begin my day!

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if this could even be called a problem by anyone who has been to their first algebra lesson at school

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I'm sorry for taking so long to get back on this, but yes the answer is 2.

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• 6 months later...
How much does a fish weigh if it weighs 1 pound plus half its own weight?

It says it weighs 1, and then it says + half of that weigh.

1 + 0,5 = 1,5

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It says it weighs 1' date=' and then it says + half of that weigh.

1 + 0,5 = 1,5[/quote']

um.... try again?

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I got it after like 3 readings.. Questions like those make me feel stupid.

Oh.. and will respond after asking my math teacher this question..

lets see if she gets it??

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um.... try again?

Then it is a language problem, not a mathematical one.

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