Am I the only one who thinks the double negative in this Houghton-Mifflin math problem renders it almost unintelligible?
74 apples are placed in small bags. Each bag holds 5 applies. How many apples are not placed in the bag that is not full?
Pardon me for asking, but what the heck does that mean? I know solving this problem reveals that you have 14 full bags, and 4 apples remaining. Presumably, the befuddled textbook authors want the child to conclude that the last bag is one apple less than full, but they’ve actually asked an impossibility? Think about it: the question as phrased refers to nonexistent apples, because aside from the four remaining apples actually placed in the bag that is incompletely filled, there are no remaining apples that haven’t been placed in the bag that is not filled. If there were a remaining apple, the bag would be full.
Gibberish, pure gibberish, and my hard-working, intelligent, and logical daughter inevitably got this illogical question wrong.