Math: The 11th-grade test doesn't add up
On the other hand, most students would find it very useful from the get-go if they could figure out change in their heads, read an amortization schedule, or understand the relationship between price and yield. Also, these types of real-world lessons would — dare I say it — make their math exams a bit more interesting than watching paint dry.
A) Solve for "x" if 3x2 + 20 – 4.5x = 50; or
B) Where are the customers' yachts?
Obviously, it is B, as nearly 75 years ago, Fred Schwed wrote a book about Wall Street with that title, and people are still buying it today.
If you'd like to find out whether you're smarter at math than an 11th-grader, take the practice test yourself. You can find it here: unionleader.com/test
Benjamin Kepple is an accountant and former reporter for The Union Leader.
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