# [Numeracy 621] Re: Help with explanation of a problem

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Chip Burkitt chip.burkitt at orderingchaos.com
Wed Dec 1 12:38:33 EST 2010

Here's what I come up with:

X when two more than this number and its square is 44. (Same answer,
although -7 also works.)

That would be quite a typo. As written, however, it's something like x +
y = 44 where y >= 2. In this case, x <= 42, and 6 is a possible answer
(if y = 38) but not a necessary one.

Another possibility:

X when two more than seven times this number is 44.

Chip

On 12/1/2010 10:40 AM, Istas, Brooke wrote:

>

> Hello All!

>

> An adult education instructor came to me with a question she couldn't

> figure out. She was playing a math game in the class similar to

> Jeopardy so the answers need to be in the form of questions. I find

> myself perplexed and I think there might be a typo or something.

> Therefore, we need some help from the field. Below is the problem:

>

> Problem: X when two or more than this number is 44.

>

> Answer: What is the number 6?

>

> Any thoughts?

>

> Brooke Istas

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