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 Post subject: helpPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:30 pm

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What month will it be now if the next month after this has thirty days and the last thirty day month but two was April.

1.May
2.July
3.August
4.October

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 Post subject: Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:43 pm

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My son has just done this and makes it October ? What do you make it and what is the correct answer ?

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 Post subject: Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:44 pm

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 Post subject: how?Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:51 pm

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Ed's mum wrote:

Pls, can u reason it in detail, how did u arrive at October?

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 Post subject: Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:06 pm

The next month September has 30 days. The last thirty day month was June and the one before that was April (the last but two).

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 Post subject: Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:28 pm

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But surely if the LAST 30 day month was June, the last but ONE is April. Surely the answer is October so the LAST month is September, the last but one is June and the last but two is April.
This is what I assumed but not well at moment and head fuzzy...

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 Post subject: Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:20 pm

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Hi Ed's Mum, Naga et al!

Quote:
What month will it be now if the next month after this has thirty days and the last thirty day month but two was April.

April = 30 (Last but two 30 day month)
May = 31
June = 30 (Last but one 30 day month)
July = 31
Aug = 31
Sept = 30 (Last 30 day month)
Oct = 31 = THIS MONTH
Nov = 30 (Next month after this has thirty days)

The evil bit in that question is the use of "the last but", which is a very hard concept for children to grasp.

If I am right Naga that question comes from a Susan Daughtrey paper?
It is horribly familiar somehow!

Sally-Anne

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 Post subject: Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:24 pm

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The 30 day months are Apr,June,Sept & Nov.

If the last but two 30 day month was april then the last 30 day month must be Sept. Meaning that that next month that is before a 30 day month is October..... I think.

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 Post subject: Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:25 pm

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See....Sally-Anne. that is why you are a 'Dame' and I am just a humble 'mod'.

Same result....better explanation.

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 Post subject: Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:27 pm

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naga wrote:
What month will it be now if the next month after this has thirty days and the last thirty day month but two was April.

J [31] F [28/29] M [31] A [30] M [ 31] J [ 30] J [31] A [31] S [30] O [31] N [30] D [31]

I make it October, its as with most 'problem' questions, notes have to be made. Write out the months of the year followed by the number of days. Process of elimination.

1] The next month to October is November with 30 days.

2] The last 30 day month but 2 [that but makes it the third, not the second, difficult concept for children] Prior to October the months with 30 days are Sept, June and then April.

Patricia

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