# which two numbers do not belong in here?

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• Apr 28th 2011, 09:41 AM
Quote:

Originally Posted by labrador007
It was just a question from my son's IQ Maths which he asked me.

As i am not sure if my answer is correct i ask for opinion here.

However, I cannot fathom how there can be 66 answers all with logical reasoning.

sorry, the comment was never meant to be offensive, just curious to know how there can be so many other answers.

But personally i doubt those pairs singled out as divisible by such and such etc, and adding up to another number could be the answer expected of a 14 year old kid.

Looks like i still place my bet on those 2 odd numbers.

Thanks anyway.
• Apr 28th 2011, 11:42 AM
TheChaz
Quote:

Originally Posted by labrador007
sorry, the comment was never meant to be offensive, just curious to know how there can be so many other answers.

But personally i doubt those pairs singled out as divisible by such and such etc, and adding up to another number could be the answer expected of a 14 year old kid.

Looks like i still place my bet on those 2 odd numbers.

Thanks anyway.

In my experience, mathematicians (and "wanna-be" mathematicians) really get bent out of shape with these kind of soft/"ill-posed" questions.

It's all pedantic, an accusation that has never been aimed at me ;)

Maybe we should just ask, after giving them the list/table and a scantron with only bubbles A, B, ... K, L (12 bubbles), "which numbers would you choose, and why?"
Maybe some of these geniuses would leave the question blank, or bubble them ALL in! Who knows??

I like the odd argument, and the argument in post #15.
• Apr 28th 2011, 12:51 PM
TheCoffeeMachine
One more reason to not trust IQ tests.
• Apr 28th 2011, 04:01 PM
Quacky
When I realised (with a shock) that $\dfrac{756}{54}=14$, I thought I was on to something. Especially when I then found out that $\frac{644}{92}=7$. 5196 divides into 4. 8 obviously divides into 2. That leaves 17,298,2134, 8843.

...are there any pairs from those? Nope!

Damn!

• Apr 28th 2011, 04:04 PM
topsquark
Quote:

Originally Posted by Quacky
5196 divides into 4. 8 obviously divides into 2.

(Surprised) (Giggle) (Hi)

So.... $\frac{2}{8}$ is what?

(Lipssealed)

-Dan
• Apr 28th 2011, 04:08 PM
Quacky
Quote:

Originally Posted by topsquark
(Surprised) (Giggle) (Hi)

So.... $\frac{2}{8}$ is what?

(Lipssealed)

-Dan

Oh honestly!

$\Omega$ + Dan = (Headbang)
• Apr 28th 2011, 04:16 PM
Quacky
Quote:

Originally Posted by Quacky
When I realised (with a shock) that $\dfrac{756}{54}=14$, I thought I was on to something. Especially when I then found out that $\frac{644}{92}=7$. 5196 divides into 4. 8 obviously divides into 2. That leaves 17,298,2134, 8843.

...are there any pairs from those? Nope!

Damn!

Ok allow me to try this again (you'll be peeved when I solve this):

$\dfrac{756}{54}=14$

$\frac{644}{92}=7$.

I'm confident thus far. That leaves a jumble between 2,4,8,17,298,
2134, 5196, 8843

17 must be one of the misplaced numbers: It doesn't divide evenly into anything.

2,4,8,298, 2134, 5196, 8843

That then means that 8843 must be another: nothing divides evenly into that.
2,4,8,298, 2134, 5196
Can I make this work??

5196/4 gives a clean answer, but that is all.
2134/2 gives a clean answer, again no other options.

That means that all I need is for 298/8 to be an integer :-

And guess what: it isn't. Whyyyyyyy couldn't it be 296?(Crying)

Damn!

• Apr 28th 2011, 04:26 PM
topsquark
Quote:

Originally Posted by Quacky
That means that all I need is for 298/8 to be an integer :-

Actually $\frac{298}{8} \equiv 2~\text{(mod 3)}$.

Buwahahaha!

Okay, I'll stop now.

-Dan
• Apr 28th 2011, 07:05 PM
Wilmer
Btw, 8843 ain't a prime number; 8843 / 37 = 239

Soooooo: 2 and 17 are the ..........
• Apr 30th 2011, 12:25 AM
dkmathguy
4--------- ?--------- 8
17-------- 54 --------92
298 ------756------- ?
2134 ----5196------ 8843

2 and 644, since going from "left to right" or "top to bottom", the number are always increasing.
• Apr 30th 2011, 07:30 AM