Word Problem Wednesday: This Brainteaser is the Cat's Pajamas!

By Mathnasium | Added May 3, 2017

 

Q: Where do cats go to learn about history?
A: The MEW-seum!

And where do eager young kids and kittens go to learn about math? Why right here, of course! Try to solve this purrrrr-fectly delightful Word Problem Wednesday brainteaser!

Jessica has three cats. One is black, one is gray, and one is white. The white cat is not the oldest. The gray cat is older than the black cat. The black cat is younger than the white cat. Put Jessica’s cats in order from youngest to oldest.

Solution: Ready? Here we go... Since the white cat is not the oldest, it can only be the youngest or middle cat. That means that for the gray cat to be older than the black cat, the gray cat has to be the oldest because the black cat and the white cat must be the two younger cats. Since the black cat is younger than the white cat, we can conclude that the order is black, white, then gray.

Did your solution match up with ours? Great! Now can you come up with your own math word problem about pets?