7..14..21..28..?

also what year is it. you would have to know if its a leap year. I agree this seems like particular days of the month.Quote:beachbumbabsWhat month is it?

Thursdays for this month all follow that sequence then the 4th would be the next Thursday of next month.Quote:darkozthe answer is 7. Beachbumbabs and axelwolf came closest so I'll let them fill in the full answer. In a later post, I'll give the full explanation for how and why the problem is derived.

Easily the worst problem ever posed on this board.

Quote:thecesspitThe phrase from a poster disparaging 'math guys' is always a sign...

Hardest problem ever: pick a number.

I doubt the OP will be able to figure it out.

Quote:AxiomOfChoiceHardest problem ever: pick a number.

I doubt the OP will be able to figure it out.

LOL, great mathematicians - lousy criminologists.

I find it interesting that the only two people on here who came close to figuring it out were not mathematicians(beachbumbabs and Axelwolf correct me if I am wrong on that).

Quote:darkozLOL, great mathematicians - lousy criminologists.

I find it interesting that the only two people on here who came close to figuring it out were not mathematicians(beachbumbabs and Axelwolf correct me if I am wrong on that).

I think you don't understand what "figuring it out" means. That term implies that there was enough information in the problem to logically deduce the solution.

Quote:AxiomOfChoiceI think you don't understand what "figuring it out" means. That term implies that there was enough information in the problem to logically deduce the solution.

If it is a math problem you would be correct I imagine - it was not a math problem. It was a logic lesson.

I was very specific when I titled the thread a "number" problem and not a "math" problem.

There wasn't enough information for someone to logically solve it. But the clue about this coming from a Criminology Professor should have put you on the right track.

Quote:darkozIf it is a math problem you would be correct I imagine - it was not a math problem. It was a logic lesson.

No, logic problems, by definition, give you enough information to solve the problem logically. That's what makes them logic problems.

By the way, you never gave your answer of my toughest problem ever: Pick a number.

Quote:CrystalMathThe first clue was your title, so I knew the answer was not 35. After I saw the "criminology," I thought the same thing as other posters already mentioned, as this being related to dates. But, alas, other people already answered. I don't think you give mathematicians enough credit. As a mathematician, I would have said 4, because I would have the highest probability of being correct.

The correct answer was clearly pi.

Quote:AxiomOfChoiceNo, logic problems, by definition, give you enough information to solve the problem logically. That's what makes them logic problems.

By the way, you never gave your answer of my toughest problem ever: Pick a number.

Okay, I shall pick a number.

Quote:AxiomOfChoiceYeah that's wrong.

Fooled you. I didn't pick a number yet. I picked nothing, zero, ha, ha, ha.

Quote:darkozFooled you. I didn't pick a number yet. I picked nothing, zero, ha, ha, ha.

Even more wrong.

Quote:AxiomOfChoiceEven more wrong.

Even more right!

I don't how the answer above could be incorrect(4). (I asked about the leap year)Quote:AxelWolfThursdays for this month all follow that sequence then the 4th would be the next Thursday of next month.Quote:darkozthe answer is 7. Beachbumbabs and axelwolf came closest so I'll let them fill in the full answer. In a later post, I'll give the full explanation for how and why the problem is derived.

Considering the question was asked right now. I would assume you would have to look for the closest dates that matched the sequence (assuming you were trying to solve a mystery). It was obvious you were not looking for a normal mathematical answer. Had you made a bet or offered a prize, I think you would have to pay me out when I said the 4th. since the 7th 14th 21st and 28th is this month and a re all Thursdays and the next following Thursday is the 4th.

Quote:AxelWolfI don't how the answer above could be incorrect(4). (I asked about the leap year)Quote:AxelWolfThursdays for this month all follow that sequence then the 4th would be the next Thursday of next month.Quote:darkozthe answer is 7. Beachbumbabs and axelwolf came closest so I'll let them fill in the full answer. In a later post, I'll give the full explanation for how and why the problem is derived.

Considering the question was asked right now. I would assume you would have to look for the closest dates that matched the sequence (assuming you were trying to solve a mystery). It was obvious you were not looking for a normal mathematical answer. Had you made a bet or offered a prize, I think you would have to pay me out when I said the 4th. since the 7th 14th 21st and 28th is this month and a re all Thursdays and the next following Thursday is the 4th.

Axelwolf,

You made the assumption I was talking about this month. I never stated that.

This is not something I would make a bet on or offer a prize for since the object was to show that an answer cannot always be found based on the evidence at hand. It is not a fair problem for making bets (you would be right to accuse me of cheating in that scenario.)

I presented the problem as my Criminology professor gave it to me (with the only difference I made it February of this year instead of the year I was in his class.) The object of the problem is not to make anyone feel tricked but to give a lesson in not reaching conclusions on assumptions of fact.

NO I Didn't assume anything other than the answer had to do with calender days of the year. My answer can not be wrong given the information given.Quote:darkozQuote:AxelWolfI don't how the answer above could be incorrect(4). (I asked about the leap year)Quote:AxelWolfQuote:darkoz

Considering the question was asked right now. I would assume you would have to look for the closest dates that matched the sequence (assuming you were trying to solve a mystery). It was obvious you were not looking for a normal mathematical answer. Had you made a bet or offered a prize, I think you would have to pay me out when I said the 4th. since the 7th 14th 21st and 28th is this month and a re all Thursdays and the next following Thursday is the 4th.

Axelwolf,

You made the assumption I was talking about this month. I never stated that.

This is not something I would make a bet on or offer a prize for since the object was to show that an answer cannot always be found based on the evidence at hand. It is not a fair problem for making bets (you would be right to accuse me of cheating in that scenario.)

I presented the problem as my Criminology professor gave it to me (with the only difference I made it February of this year instead of the year I was in his class.) The object of the problem is not to make anyone feel tricked but to give a lesson in not reaching conclusions on assumptions of fact.

That's why I mentioned a better question to have asked was about a leap year. You didn't answer that. Had I went to the calendar and looked I would have also included that as a possible answer. I Probably could have came up with more probable answers as well.

I'm fairly certain that this question was originally meant to trick math guys into using a math formula. And that's probably what happened. And then encourage them to think differently about things.

I doubt you even realized it matched up with this month. Certainly when he first gave you this question he didn't look at this month.

The only thing that should be learned from this is, there can be more than one answer and unless you ave all the facts, you cant come up wit an accurate answer unless you can read minds.