This Edexcel exam question is getting a lot of press coverage this morning.
The papers have written out the question in full if you’re curious, or you can read twitter below.
So what’s all the fuss?
I suspect the question just felt like a “one to eleventy” difficulty switch to a lot of students, and they skipped it.
Edexcel to be fair are clearly testing the waters ahead of a more difficult GCSE examination coming our way in 2017.
I for one think it’s a good question, although I dislike all the ‘contextual’ elements of all maths exams (not edexcel in particular).
I appreciate they’re working within strict guidelines, but whoever proposes those guidelines needs to rethink. Why the hell do we need such awful contextual nonsense to set up a maths question? We never used to!
Anyway, this was tweeted out this morning:
Andy Lutwyche (@andylutwyche) June 05, 2015