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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:06 am 
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Help with the following question please

The temp yesterday was -2 degrees it has dropped to -7 degrees. How many degrees is that?

The question seems unclear.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:48 am 
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Why is that unclear? There has been a change in temperature from -2 to -7. How many degrees has the temperature changed by? DG


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:23 am 
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Thanks for replying DG
The question didn't ask for the change in temperature. Just asked 'how many drgrees is that'.

Would the answer be '5 dregees' or ' change of 5 degrees '


I asked an A level math student who said that the question was not worded clearly.

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Why is that unclear? There has been a change in temperature from -2 to -7. How many degrees has the temperature changed by? DG


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:42 am 
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nikku wrote:
Thanks for replying DG
The question didn't ask for the change in temperature. Just asked 'how many drgrees is that'.

Would the answer be '5 dregees' or ' change of 5 degrees '


I asked an A level math student who said that the question was not worded clearly.

Nikku


I agree with you that the question is poorly worded. But perhaps it's a 'verbal reasoning by the back door' sort of thing :?

With respect to the answer, since the units ('degrees') are already mentioned in the question, then just '5' should suffice, but it would be safer to put '5 degrees'. I assume that the idea is to fool candidates into putting '-5' degrees. If this is a paper you have to pay for, do you not get a mark scheme to go with it?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:01 am 
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Thank you toadmum
The answer sheet states '5 degrees' Wanted to confirm if this was correct.

I was concerned that a question worded like this way would waste time... But I see your point on 'trying to trick'




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nikku wrote:
Thanks for replying DG
The question didn't ask for the change in temperature. Just asked 'how many drgrees is that'.

Would the answer be '5 dregees' or ' change of 5 degrees '


I asked an A level math student who said that the question was not worded clearly.

Nikku


I agree with you that the question is poorly worded. But perhaps it's a 'verbal reasoning by the back door' sort of thing :?

With respect to the answer, since the units ('degrees') are already mentioned in the question, then just '5' should suffice, but it would be safer to put '5 degrees'. I assume that the idea is to fool candidates into putting '-5' degrees. If this is a paper you have to pay for, do you not get a mark scheme to go with it?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:01 am 
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I agree it is a badly worded question as there is no precise indication of what the "that" is referring to. The answer could be -7 if the "that" were referring to the final temperature.


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