Baxter’s local grandparents, his Oma and Pops, have been doing “algebra” with him for a couple years now. This has basically consisted of giving him a series of problems such as, “8 + x = 10, what is x?” He loves this and because it suits his quick mathematical mind very well, he asks for algebra problems all the time when he’s with them.
A few nights ago, he asked for algebra problems at the dinner table. To challenge him, we started tossing multiplication and division problems his way, and he was solving them fairly easily. Out of boredom, because his mind (like mine) is oriented more towards the verbal than the mathematical, Matt eventually switched from numbers to words and called it “Animalgebra”. We were so blown away by this exercise and Baxter’s answers to the problems that Matt started to write them all down. He generously forwarded the list to me tonight so that I could share some of them here:
Matt: “hippopotamus + x = rhinoceros” Baxter: “x= tusks”
Matt: “giraffe – x = horse” Baxter: “x = neck”
Matt: “chimpanzee + x = human” Baxter: “x=technology”
Matt: “horse + x = zebra” Baxter: “x = stripes”
Baxter then took a turn…
Baxter: “half horse + half zebra = x” Matt: [stumped] Baxter: “x = zorse”
Good times, no?