# Internet stumped as mom begs for help with math homework

The phrase “new math” is one that many parents may tell you about. Some schools teach kids different tips and tricks to solve to math problems that a lot find confusing. Well, it turns out, the new math struggle is so real that even some people with PhDs can’t quite grasp it. According to an article in The Sun, a mom took to the internet to ask for help with her son’s math homework but wasn’t able to find the help she was looking for…

The tricky question went like this:

“Karla says: ‘I have three hundreds counters, 17 tens counters and 16 ones counters,”

“a) Can she make two equal three-digit numbers? If so, draw the counters to show them.

b) Can she make two equal three-digit numbers if she had to use all her counters? If so, draw the counters to show them.”

Well, apparently the question had a lot of folks baffled, including some really educated people. “I have a PhD in maths, and I have no idea what this question is asking,” one commenter noted, adding, “Unless there’s a diagram to go with it, or more explanation somewhere else.” And that wasn’t the only person lost. “How old is this homework meant for?,” one person asked, while another noted, “Clearly not for a 40 year old woman, I’m lost.”

Teresa later noted that she actually got the right answer, which was 172 for a and 243 for b, although she added, “I certainly didn’t expect it to be so difficult.”