Even The Math Teacher Got This Simple Question Wrong

Playing Why This Student's Answer to Pizza Math Problem is Frustrating Everyone

Math is not for everyone, but can this math teacher possibly have gotten it wrong?

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One Reddit user posted this picture of a simple word problem, that doesn't seem to be as simple as this teacher thought.

The question: "Marty ate 4/6 of his pizza and Luis ate 5/6 of his pizza. Marty ate more pizza than Luis. How is that possible?"

The student answered, simply: "Marty's pizza is bigger than Luis' pizza."

But the teacher seemed to disagree. The teacher marked the answer wrong, stating: "That is not possible because 5/6 is greater than 4/6 so Luis ate more."

So who is correct? The student or the teacher?

While 5/6 is more than 4/6, the teacher assumed that both fractions measured the same whole.

So the teacher is correct ... if both pizzas were the same size.

If Marty simply ordered a large pizza, while Luis ordered a personal sized one, Marty could have easily eaten more pizza by only eating 4/6 of his pizza.

But the question never explicitly states how big each pizza was. Nor does it state whether there was a third pizza!

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Perhaps it's time for this math teacher to attend some English classes.

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