Students taking Edexcel’s GCSE Maths paper took to social media to complain about how hard one of their GCSE maths questions was.
The question involved how many sweets a girl called Hannah has. Its wording was:
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
But some adults weren't very impressed.
Just been told what "Hannah's sweets question" was in the math GCSE paper that all the kids are complaining about... So easy. #EdexcelMaths— Elliot McKendrick (@elMcKendrick) June 5, 2015
They took to Twitter to make it clear they could out-maths 16-year-olds.
I dropped maths after GCSE because of ridiculous exam papers, but this N2-N-90=0 question is so easy that these kids need their ears boxing.— The Recycling Writer (@JosephKennedyUK) June 5, 2015
Some were wistful that exams appeared to have got easier.
All the GCSE students complaining about a Maths question haha, the exams these days are that easy my cat could pass them. #noidea— James Hammond (@HammoJ89) June 5, 2015
In fact, some couldn't believe it.
are kids taking the piss??? that gcse maths question is so fucking easy #EdexcelMaths— fifa president (@AlexEtim_) June 5, 2015
The inevitable references to O levels (what you dad calls GCSEs) were out in force.
Hannah's sweets is ridiculously easy for O level standards. #EdexcelMaths— Rose Marie Tan (@andthyme) June 5, 2015
As you'd expect, the phrase 'dumbed down' made an appearance.
I hate to be one of those "maths has been dumbed down, how is this difficult?" out of touch people, but SERIOUSLY Hannah's Sweets was EASY!— Daniel Sommer (@Danielf90) June 5, 2015
I'm sorry - but the question about Hannah's sweets is piss easy. Simple probability and algebra. #EdexcelMaths— Mazher Abidi (@mazherabidi) June 5, 2015
Many wondered what all the fuss was about.
That GCSE maths questions about Hannah's sweets is actually really easy. Can't believe all the uproar.— Nathaniel Fox (@FoxyNat7) June 5, 2015
Sorry kids, in the real world your sweets aren't going to count themselves.
The smelly little GCSE students complaining about that maths exam best buck up for the real world because that shit was EASY— Mike Doughty (@dongsquad_420) June 5, 2015