# This Brainteaser Of "Fruit Algebra" Is A Lot Trickier Than It Looks

One of the most common complaints that a lot of kids have in math class is, "When am I ever going to use this in real life?" While it's maybe not the best attitude to have in school, they do have somewhat of a point. I took calculus in high school and in the 10 years of life I've had since then, I can't tell you the last time I needed to use it. A lot of what we learn in school is general stuff that might help us later on in advanced college classes and/or if we pursue a career in that specific field of study, which is why most of us tend to forget those advanced concepts within a few years of graduation.

Another area of math that frustrates a lot of people is algebra. As an adult, you won't often be in a situation that requires you to solve algebraic equations/expansions. A lot of people might say "that's why I have a calculator app on my smartphone." Let me be clear here: I have a deep, abiding love and respect for mathematics. I'm not saying these things to disparage math, I'm just stating facts. Personally, I think algebra is essential learning for a very good reason - it teaches us how to think about unknown quantities. Being able to determine the value of something using only contextual clues is actually pretty useful on a daily basis.

If you're feeling a bit rusty on your algebra, it's time to brush up. Recently, there's been a brain teaser going around on Facebook that's been driving a lot of people crazy trying to figure it out. Think you've got what it takes to unlock the mysteries of "Fruit Algebra?"

## It's all about the fine print with this particular puzzle! Now that we know about the bananas and coconuts, we can deduce that the equation is: 1 + 10 + 3 = 14.

While some may argue that this is mathematically dodgy, since each fruit was set up to represent one variable with a fixed value, you could think of each variable now having a fraction attached to it. Admittedly, the subtle change in the pictures is a bit misleading - but that's why it's called a "brain teaser" instead of just a simple math problem!

Via: Buzzfeed | Lisa Woelke

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