so learning to apply generic problem solving skills is useless because those specific problems are asking for data that, with modern technology, is easily accessible? Way to miss the point completely. If given some information, are you able to divine something new by applying the relationships between them?

America (and, due to the source of this video, Britain), this is why your kids are dumb.

Um, you learn that stuff to get a basic grasp on logic and, if you want to get snotty, have a better, tougher job than the people that made this video.

You learn it to show you`re capable of learning and applying to show you are smart in exams so that schools (for little maths examples like this) and eventually jobs (when you learn harder stuff for a-levels or degrees) have a way of telling whether or not you are an idiot. If you weren`t asked questions in school, then how do you get qualifications?

I`m a math major and I can tell you that yes I use these problems a lot simply because it`s my major, but math isn`t about plug and chug and just finding answers, it`s about a way of logical thinking that we don`t find too common. Instead of rationalizing how long it would take to reach a destination, we mapquest. Yes, we will never be asked to find how many hands were shook at the party, but if you knew how to do it, wouldn`t you think you were pretty damn smart?

Gerry, technically she`s asking how many hours it will take to get to her destination which is currently 120 km away. The distance she`s traveled beforehand doesn`t matter. Topper is right.

@Almightybob1 My bad, sounded like Manchester accent to me. I`ve been a little tone deaf to accents since I started learning Russian. Wherever it is, that`s irrelevant to the main point of my post. People need to learn problem solving skills regardless of the subject matter of the stereotypical word problem.

1. What time is it? 5:00 AM 2. Older sister is a newborn baby, younger sister won`t be born for exactly five years. 3. Angle X is 97 degrees 4. 36 handshakes. (8+7+6+5+4+3+2+1) 5. Poorly worded - if she had 120 km to her destination BEFORE she started 2 hours ago, she has 1 hour remaining, but if she has 120 km REMAINING to her destination AFTER starting 2 hours ago, she has 3 hours remaining.

The answer is one hour, not three. I hope you are just trolling. I was going to post of how ignorant you are and "SMART" you must feel for catching a miss wording in the question but instead I will just move on.

"1. What time is it? 5:00 AM 2. Older sister is a newborn baby, younger sister won`t be born for exactly five years. 3. Angle X is 97 degrees 4. 36 handshakes. (8+7+6+5+4+3+2+1) 5. Poorly worded - if she had 120 km to her destination BEFORE she started 2 hours ago, she has 1 hour remaining, but if she has 120 km REMAINING to her destination AFTER starting 2 hours ago, she has 3 hours remaining."

i had number 1 at 4 am but im not gonna bother checking my math...cba to even think about the rest of the questions...

change have to had and the answer would be 1 hour, otherwise, she still has 3 hours to drive.

why can`t people understand that you are doing those word problems so you can do harder ones when you come across them later in life. not everyone is going to be a nobody deskjockey, some people aspire to be engineers and architects, so school can`t limit what they`re teaching because some people lack aspiration.

I couldn`t tell you the number of times I`ve used math to determine the angle when building even just small wood working projects.

next, you`re going to complain about how people will never say to you, "what rhymes with ball?" or "find the missing letter in footb_ll"

``Um, you learn that stuff to get a basic grasp on logic and, if you want to get snotty, have a better, tougher job than the people that made this video.``

Well she soes make about 100 000$ a year from youtube alone, so I wouldn`t mind being bad at maths if I was her.

This girl is a moron. I guarantee you all the people who make her car, cellphone, computer, and internet run (engineers and scientists) know the answer to these problems. With that kind of attitude the only useful thing she`ll be able to do is occupy my free time.

I do that stuff all the time. Like today, I took a break from my uni work to work out how much money this assignment cost me.

If I spend £3500 a year on tuition fees, and this is my second year out of four, and each year is divided into 120 credits, and this year is worth 20% of my overall degree, and this assignment is worth 5% of a 7.5 credit module, how much is this assignment worth?

"Well she soes make about 100 000$ a year from youtube alone, so I wouldn`t mind being bad at maths if I was her."

How do you make $100K a year off YouTube? Not pretending it`s cool and that I want to do it, I was just unaware there was money-making potential in being a YouTube video maker...couldn`t possibly be off those ads... because $100K a year is a pretty good salary for 2 hours worth of work a week.

True the math logic doesn`t apply to real world. And that most necessary math is taught after High School (the people who will need Trig, will learn Trig in College/University, and the people who don`t will never use it). However algebra is useful and fun.

We`re all screwed the more people think like this I swear. First calculus is introductory math and I use more advance stuff every day to model natural systems so people can drink water in there faucets; so no real world applications my a$$.

Math helps when you`re designing a jet engine... unless you have one of those looser jobs like making youtube vidoes. Granted the top-10 make 100k a year, but then the top-10 engineers make 10 times that easily.

It really is sad that you can make money with crap youtube videos that younger kids will watch and then become even more uninterested in math. It`s not funny at all, just makes her sound like a complete moron who probably thinks her computer and iphone all magically arrive in the store.

I like math. I find it interesting and actually exciting. It`s kind of weird because when I tried to figure out a problem we haven`t learned yet, people looked at me a if I had two heads. As if "you want to do MORE math? What`s wrong with you?"

When my kids say to me "Why do I have to know this? I`m never going to need it in life." I always tell them the same thing. "You`re going to need it in two weeks when you take the test."

I want to buy a £150 pound bottle of Glenglassaugh 26 year old to try it before its all gone, I`ve got six mates who are up for it (OK in truth I`m struggling with this bit) how much will this cost, and with 70Cl @ 43% will they be able to drive home safely afterwards..

But 5cats is right, cute girls don`t need to know math, they just need to keep taking the twenties...

These problems come up all the time in real life. Stupid people are in denial about it, pretend it never happens. It`s like they wear blinders or something - very weird and more than a little disturbing.

i`m in my 20`s and desperately trying to catch up on my own math-wise to high school kids.. 10th graders really.. pre algebra n shxt.. (i now have several math textbooks from pre alg. to calculus) i reaaallly seriously wish i took it seriously as a teen. Because not knowing the fancy math has been keeping me from fully understanding the world, but I`m catchin up fast look out

The question at the end is poorly worded, at least for the answers given. If you have 120km to your destination, and are driving at 40km/hr you would get there in three hours. The second part of the sentence indicates that she has been driving for two hours, but does not imply that that time should be deducted from the original distance required.

@MountainBord: Her accent is Aussie, but slightly blurred probably by international travel/talking with international friends. Also, Aussie accents from city folks aren`t quite the same as Crocodile Dundee or Steve Irwin.

To be honest, though, unless you are a Kiwi or an Aussie it can be difficult to tell the accents apart. The same as most of the rest of the world can`t tell the different UK accents, or tell Canadians from Americans, let alone the different accents within just London, or the individual US states.

- This cute girl explains how useless school math problems really are.
America (and, due to the source of this video, Britain), this is why your kids are dumb.

pffft. It`s a trick question that even the creator got tricked by.

-.- She has an Australian accent, not British.

"-.- She has an Australian accent, not British."

america this is why your kids are REALLY dumb?

The answer to her question was 3 hours. If that`s wrong, she needs to learn how to English.

This is why people think Americans are ignorant.

topper = no math skills

My bad, sounded like Manchester accent to me. I`ve been a little tone deaf to accents since I started learning Russian. Wherever it is, that`s irrelevant to the main point of my post. People need to learn problem solving skills regardless of the subject matter of the stereotypical word problem.

2. Older sister is a newborn baby, younger sister won`t be born for exactly five years.

3. Angle X is 97 degrees

4. 36 handshakes. (8+7+6+5+4+3+2+1)

5. Poorly worded - if she had 120 km to her destination BEFORE she started 2 hours ago, she has 1 hour remaining, but if she has 120 km REMAINING to her destination AFTER starting 2 hours ago, she has 3 hours remaining.

Nowhere did it say that was an isosceles triangle, nor a right triangle. X is clearly 97 degrees, so it is neither an isosceles nor a right triangle

I was going to post of how ignorant you are and "SMART" you must feel for catching a miss wording in the question but instead I will just move on.

2. Older sister is a newborn baby, younger sister won`t be born for exactly five years.

3. Angle X is 97 degrees

4. 36 handshakes. (8+7+6+5+4+3+2+1)

5. Poorly worded - if she had 120 km to her destination BEFORE she started 2 hours ago, she has 1 hour remaining, but if she has 120 km REMAINING to her destination AFTER starting 2 hours ago, she has 3 hours remaining."

i had number 1 at 4 am but im not gonna bother checking my math...cba to even think about the rest of the questions...

why can`t people understand that you are doing those word problems so you can do harder ones when you come across them later in life. not everyone is going to be a nobody deskjockey, some people aspire to be engineers and architects, so school can`t limit what they`re teaching because some people lack aspiration.

I couldn`t tell you the number of times I`ve used math to determine the angle when building even just small wood working projects.

next, you`re going to complain about how people will never say to you, "what rhymes with ball?" or "find the missing letter in footb_ll"

Well she soes make about 100 000$ a year from youtube alone, so I wouldn`t mind being bad at maths if I was her.

If I spend £3500 a year on tuition fees, and this is my second year out of four, and each year is divided into 120 credits, and this year is worth 20% of my overall degree, and this assignment is worth 5% of a 7.5 credit module, how much is this assignment worth?

Answer: £8.60ish

How do you make $100K a year off YouTube? Not pretending it`s cool and that I want to do it, I was just unaware there was money-making potential in being a YouTube video maker...couldn`t possibly be off those ads... because $100K a year is a pretty good salary for 2 hours worth of work a week.

True the math logic doesn`t apply to real world. And that most necessary math is taught after High School (the people who will need Trig, will learn Trig in College/University, and the people who don`t will never use it). However algebra is useful and fun.

She isn`t the only one either.

Funny video is funny.

Don`t be stupid.. Cute girls go for the guys that generally CAN`T do maths anyways..

Oh, and go Community Channel :)

My boyfriend couldn`t do the Maths I do even if I wanted him to.

I always tell them the same thing. "You`re going to need it in two weeks when you take the test."

But 5cats is right, cute girls don`t need to know math, they just need to keep taking the twenties...

wait, what? it didnt sound as mean in my head

Also, Aussie accents from city folks aren`t quite the same as Crocodile Dundee or Steve Irwin.

To be honest, though, unless you are a Kiwi or an Aussie it can be difficult to tell the accents apart. The same as most of the rest of the world can`t tell the different UK accents, or tell Canadians from Americans, let alone the different accents within just London, or the individual US states.

Gimme.