# Simple math questions

An excellent question for a first grader

So one day a teacher is trying to teach their first graders math. She starts with the fundamentals. 1+1=2. But all the kids had been talking before hand and thought they had this arithmetic all figured out. So all of them said $$1 + 1 = 3.$$ Each and everyone. Try as they might the teacher couldn't convince them 3*3=9. They all said $$3 * 3 = 6$$. Of course when the teacher said no 3+3=6. They all laughed them off and went on their merry way.

Additional ones our teacher overheard over the next week.
3 + 3 + 1 = 6
2 * 2 = 2
4 + 2 = 1
2 + 4 = 1
10 + 1 = 3
16 + 3 = 5
17 + 3 = 7
18 * 3 = 7
2 + 2 = 1
0 + 0  = 3
0 * 0 = 4
3 + 7 = 5
5 * 3 = 5
4 * 8 = 3
3 * 3 + 7 * 7 = 11
6 * 3 = 4

4 + 4 = ?

• the 0 * 0 = 4 idea would really increase my paycheck
– JLee
Jul 16, 2015 at 16:46
• Can you give us some more examples using multiplication? Jul 16, 2015 at 18:09
• I'm going to be very upset if you're implying that I'm dumber than a first grader. Jul 16, 2015 at 20:29