A fifth grader in Marion, Ohio decided to seek help in a rather novel way. Tasked with tough math homework, 10-year-old Lena Draper decided to contact the Marion Police Department via Facebook.
She kindly asked:
I’m having trouble with my homework, could you help me?
Most would not expect a response. However, Lena got several replies.
As documented on her mother Molly Draper’s Facebook page, the Marion Police Department helped Lena with a series of complicated equations. Lena explained:
Well I don’t understand (8+29)x15.
The unnamed officer responded by saying:
Do the numbers in the parenthesis first so in essence it would be 37 x 15.
For another question (“Ok now if I had this (90 +27) + (29+15)x2”), the officer responded with:
Take the answer from the first parenthesis plus the answer from second parenthesis and multiply that answer times two. Work left to right doing the work inside the parenthesis first.
Since Molly Draper shared the exchange on Facebook, many commentators have pointed out that the officer did not follow the proper mathematical rules. The officer joked about these complaints by stating that History was his favorite subject in school.
Molly Draper has publicly thanked the Marion Police Department for helping to build good relationships with the local community.
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