2nd Grade Math

So, in celebration of Memorial Day, we got some doughnuts from the Doughnut Vault (like you do). We had four doughnuts left, so we saved them for dessert. Three were gingerbread and one was strawberry glaze, so of course everybody wanted the strawberry glaze.

“Okay, Evelyn,” I said. “If we each take one quarter of the strawberry doughnut, what will we have to cut the other three doughnuts into to split them evenly?”

Evelyn stared into space to contemplate the problem, but before she could even get started Oliver blurted out, “Three quarters!”

It was a total record scratch moment. Evelyn, Sara and I just looked at him in surprise.

“That’s right, buddy! Good job!” I said (when I had recovered from my shock). “That’s some second grade math right there. And you did it faster than the actual second grader!”

“Well,” said Ollie, “[Our teacher] always says our class is ready for second grade math.”

Sara asked him some follow up questions and he nailed those as well. She asked, “If I give you half of one doughnut and a quarter of another doughnut, how much more do I owe you?” “None,” he said. “Okay,” I said, trying to goad him. “Only give him that much…” But he didn’t budge.

I guess his kindergarten teacher wasn’t kidding when she said he was good at math!

The difference between Math and Engineering

For all you engineers out there…

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(For those of you too lazy to click through, I’ll give you the punchline: “Engineering! It’s like math, but louder!”)