As ya’all know, I’ve started homeschooling this year. Tomorrow will mark day 20 of homeschool for us, and it has really gone well. Until today.

I will be the first to admit that I hate math. I just am not good at it. I never have been. (Ask Mr. LaDuke. I can only imagine how many erasers that man wanted to throw at me!) In college, I had to take remedial algebra because I did so poorly on the entrance exam. The teacher that semester thought I was a genius, though. Ok, so I’m an idiot genius. I looked smart in a class full of dummies. THERE’S something to be proud of!

I knew that math was going to be my downfall with Ashley, but I didn’t expect it so SOON. Every night, I study my lessons for the next day, and get everything prepared. I had gone over today’s lesson, and I was sure I was ready for it.

Then, we actually started doing the problems together. Oh.My.Gosh. It was like I’d been thrown back into high school and didn’t have a clue what I was doing.

Eventually, I was able to figure out most of the problems, but there was one that had me completely stumped. I worked for HOURS trying to figure this stupid problem out. I even enlisted hubby’s help, and he’s the math whiz around here.

I also posted on my mom’s group board. The ladies on there are amazing. I knew if anyone was going to get this answer, it would be one of them. I posted the problem, hoping that I wouldn’t sound like a total idiot, and soon afterward, Natalie had an answer for me. (God love her!) The answer blew me away! There is NO way on earth that any 6th grade kid could have come up with this answer on their own. So, I’m sending an email to the school that provides our curriculum tomorrow, and letting them know how ridiculous this problem was.

I know you’re all dying to know the problem, so here it goes:

“Consider the movements of the hour and minute hands of a clock for 12 hours. How many times do they form right angles?”

The lesson is on Problem solving by drawing a picture or a diagram. You’re supposed to draw a picture or a diagram to help solve this problem.

I’m going to make you all try and figure out the answer. And NO CHEATING. You sit down, draw a diagram, and let me know what you come up with. I’ll post the answer in a few days… unless one of you smarty pants gets it right away.

I hate math. I mean I really, really, really hate math.

Danielle says

It’s 24, right? Doesn’t it do a right angle twice an hour? I didn’t draw diagrams, just did it in my head.

Read this if you get a chance-

http://sandradodd.com/math/

I know you aren’t doing her method of homeschooling, but some of her stuff is cool.

3 Kids and Us says

Okay, after drawing this out a million times, my guess is that they form 3 right angles per hour. Like 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, 1:20, 1:35, 1:50 etc. So multiply 3 x 12…36 times?

3 Kids and Us says

Wait, wait, wait…lol after talking that out with my husband that’s wrong…. only twice an hour so 12 x 2, 24 times.

Danielle says

Yeah, 12:30 is not a “right” angle. It’s a straight line. I think a “right” angel is like the letter L. Totally perpendicular lines…

Angie Vinez says

Nope, it’s not 24. That was the answer I kept getting. It’s not the answer that’s in the teacher’s manual. Apparently, the teacher’s manual is right, but the way to get the answer is far above any 6th grade level.

Keep trying! 🙂

Danielle says

Are you smarter than a 6th grader, lol

Danielle says

It’s 22. I googled it and found the answer, but I have no idea why it’s 22 and not 24.

Tell Ashley that one day when she’s a grown up at a job, her boss will never ever ask her this question because it’s just not important. Lol. That’s why there’s all these grown ups here struggling to figure it out.