Can You Solve This Simple Math Equation (Part 2)?

simple math equation 2

The first fruit math equation got a lot of wheels spinning. Most people seemed to think that it was indeed pretty simple, while others, well, umm…

Anywho, here’s another one for all you witty problem-solving enthusiast. Hope it’s not too hard for those of you who haven’t seen a schoolbook in 10 (or 20) plus years. Now get to work!

(The answer is one the next page.) 

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6 Comments on Can You Solve This Simple Math Equation (Part 2)?

  1. the reason people are making mistake is that, they consider the quantity of the fruit instead of it’s value. here the quantity doesn’t matter since we are working with images.
    So if Apple = 10
    Banana = 4
    Coconut = 2
    we have to conclude the the answer is 16
    I don’t understand why you have to count the number of banana/coconut in an image (which represent same value)

  2. You used a purposefully deceptive image to try and trick people.. Its like me typing ” I != l “. It’s not clever.

  3. John Alexander // February 5, 2016 at 8:35 pm // Reply

    I posted this on the original puzzle, but I might as well post it here as well to be consistent.

    There are actually 4 algebraic symbols in this diagram. Equations are given to calculate 3 of the symbols, but the 4th symbol (which looks like 3 bananas) is unknown. To say the 4th symbol can be derived because of its similar appearance to another symbol makes no sense.

    Think about it. If I told you the symbol E equals 4, would you then assume the symbol F equals 3 because it looks like E but with one less component? No. That’s not math. If the symbols have a relationship, that must be stated in the problem. Similarity in the symbols appearance is irrelevant.

    Sorry if it sounds like I’m being a ‘stickler’, but math is math. If you add assumptions in, it no longer works.

  4. how is 1+10+3 = 13?

  5. This is incorrect.

    Everything is right up until the last line 4.

    The picture of 2 coconuts = 2, in the last line there is only 1 coconut (meaning half 2 is 1)… Also if you look closely the banana bunch in the last line is different to the other bunch in the 2+3rd line, there is only 3 bananas in line 4 compared to the 4 in the others. And we already know apples are 10.

    So to conclude it should be, 1+10+3 which give you an answer of 13.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Thank you for bringing the number of bananas in the last line to my attention. However, you may want to re-examine the photo. There are the same number of coconuts in the last line as in the line above, so that number stays the same. The bananas, however, are different in quantity (3 in the last line, 4 in the others, as you said). Therefore, the answer is 15. Not 16, as I previously stated, or 13 as you mentioned. (Which is the incorrect addition of your equation. It should’ve been “14” instead.)

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