Matchstick Math Number 3E
RAY: Get a bunch of matches and make the following equation with Roman numerals: XI, that's 11, plus I, then an equals sign and X. So you have XI plus I...
TOM: Eleven plus one.
RAY: Eleven plus one equals ten.
TOM: That's not right.
RAY: That's not right and the question very simply is: What is the fewest number of matches you can move to get an equation that is correct? You can't throw away any matches -- you have to use them all.
I’ll give you a hint. I presented this to my son the other day, my younger son, and he looked at it for a minute. We had it set up on the kitchen table. He leaves the room, and as soon as he re-enters, he has the answer.
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