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Math Question Goes Viral, Stumps The Internet (Photo)

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A third grade student's math homework question has gone viral after stumping the internet.

The question was shared on Reddit by Mississippi mom Dusty Sappington, Daily Mail reported. She was hoping to get some help with her 8-year-old daughter Izzy's math homework.

"This third grade math problem…," Dusty wrote.

The word problem is circled in red. It reads: "Janell had 15 marbles. She lost some of them. How many does Janell have now?"

Izzy had answered the word problem with a question mark. Dusty was hoping that social media users would help her daughter with the question.

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"If someone can answer this correctly, my child will be done with her homework!" Dusty said, adding that no additional instructions were provided.

But the third grader's math problem proved to be a tough question, even for the Internet.

"Today I learned that I'd possibly score less than some 3rd graders on math homework," wrote one Reddit user. "I used to be so confident and cocky."

"The correct answer is, 'some,'" quipped another user.

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"if some are lost then most remain," responded another.

"'Some' sounds plural to me so she couldn't have lost just one," another user observed. "Anyone who lost 2 would say a couple, for 3 a mathematics problem would say fifth are lost and for 5 a third are lost. Any more than a third of the total would be 'lots' lost not 'some,' so I'm quite sure she lost 4 and has 11."

Other users got a bit more complex with their analysis.

"Well. It would have to be 15 - X, where 15 <= X >= 1," wrote one user. "She can't lose more than she started with, and losing something implies at least 1."

"Come on guys, this is basic grade 3 stuff," joked another.

Izzy, who has dyslexia, attends a private school that specializes in teaching students with learning disabilities, HuffPost reported.

"I haven’t found out the answer, but hope to see her graded paper soon," Dusty told HuffPost. "To be honest, I’m unsure if it was printed in error or was a question to test her knowledge of less than and greater than, which she has touched on in the past."

Dusty added that she shared the math problem on Reddit mostly for amusement.

“Being the mother of a third-grader and a fifth-grader, I have seen a lot of homework over the years that has our family laughing at the absurdities, scratching our heads and relying too much on Google,” the mother explained. “I hope this adds more fuel to the fire to better fund our educational systems.”

Sources: Daily Mail, Reddit, HuffPost / Featured Image: Scott Akerman/Flickr / Embedded Images: Reddit, Reddit via Daily Mail

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