An 8-year old boy finds error in science exhibit

Parker Garrison is an 8-year old math prodigy who recently discovered an error in the equations of a candy exhibit in Discovery Place.

The problem there asked to find the number of jellybeans in a half-pyramid, using the formula for the volume of the pyramid, and the known volume of one jellybean. The problem asked to multiply the volume of pyramid by 0.9 to account for the spaces between the jellybeans.

The boy's mom took the numbers home and there he calculated and found an error in the given measurements. They had already given dimensions of the half-pyramid in the problem, but still the problem asked to divide by 2...

(You can read more details here)

It's just an interesting example how adults can make simple mathematical mistakes and those can go unnoticed for years...


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