Can you solve the GCSE question that stumped Britain?

AFTER the date of Cheryl's birthday left people all over the world stumped, now a UK GCSE Maths exam has done the same.

British students taking Edexcel's GCSE Maths paper took to Twitter to vent their frustration over a problem involving how many sweets a girl called Hannah has.

>> Can you pick what is wrong with this picture?

But what actually was the problem and how hard is it to actually solve?


Well, here it is - but don't read below the images if you want to work it out yourself.

Hannah has 6 orange sweets and some yellow sweets.

Overall, she has n sweets.

The probability of her taking 2 orange sweets is 1/3.

Prove that: n^2-n-90=0

^ is "to the power of"

The number of students posting about the tricky problem caused the question to trend on Twitter and although they may not have got the marks in the bag, they certainly got their memes spot on.

Hannah's was just one of the many supposed "real life" problems that the students were required to tackle.

Another problem required students to calculate how much a child had raised for charity and find which garden centre sold the cheapest plants.


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