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the 12 days of christmas homework aaargh!

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crisgal | 18:22 Wed 28th Nov 2012 | Quizzes & Puzzles
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for her maths homework my daughter has to listen to the twelve days of christmas song and answer these questions:

1. according to the song how many presents was i given on each day?

2. How many was I given in total on the first and second days together?
1st, 2nd and 3rd days - total presents?
……

3. How many presents was I given in total over all twelve of the days of Christmas?


4. How many presents would I have been given if there had been thirteen days of Christmas?


5. What would that make the total number of presents I’d been given?
now then, i think that each day the gifts were repeated (so you end up with 12 partridges, 24 calling birds etc. My husband disagrees and says you only count them once. who is right?

Also, aren't questions 1 and 3 the same?

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NO Question 1 and 3 are not the same. Why not give your daughter a calculator and make her do her own homework?
1 is per day, 3 is in total

I think you only count 1 partridge - you only got that on the first day, you didn't get them every day.
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oh i will, magsmay. She does all her homework on her own. I am not doing it for her, as you very rudely suggest, i am discussing it with her, because she asked a question.
I have not asked for the answers have i??? I have given the questions so that ABers understand the context!
Question 1 Is how many present were given EACH day
Day1 = ???
Day2 = ???
etc

Question 2 a) is Day1 + Day2 = ???

Question 2 b) is Day1 + Day2 + Day3 = ???
I think that's what I said :-)
@crisgal - sorry if you thought I was being rude -what was your question you were posting then?

@boxtops -are you sure about only getting the partridge on day one - day 3 for example + 3 french hens 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree -day 4 includes day 3 + 4 calling birds -so would you not receive in all 12 partridges?
It all depends how you read it and the questions are designed with tricks at every stage so there will be various opinions as to which is THE correct interpretation of the song.

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!
That's never been the way I've interpreted it, mags.
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thank you for the apology mags!
That was my question - the one you posed. I suppose both ways could be right.
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sorry - i've got mixed up - busy house, making tea etc!

It's questions 4 and 5 - they read the same to me!
Read
4 as number of gifts on day 13

5 as new total for the whole 13 days
Q4, crisgal, I think you would have to add another 13 to the total.
agree they are badly worded
more Tony really 13 candy canes , 12... 11...
All right all right mamya, stop giving me the elbow !.
sigh...you wish
LOL ^^^^^
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i think the gifts are repeated. if he's turning up each day and giving me the items mentioned, then i'll end up with 12 partridges etc. There's no mention of him taking them back, and he can't give a present i've already got, can he?
The grand total is 364 plus his love, which is 365, one for each day of the year. It's a bit early to be using Christmas as a source of homework!
13 days would be 364 + 13+12+11.........+1, plus his love.

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