No one can solve this math problem about a crocodile and zebra

Are you smart enough to solve this math problem without crying? Then you may be made of stronger stuff than several Scottish students. And you’re certainly smarter than us, because we don’t even know where to begin.

This question (below) popped up on the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Higher maths exam and was so difficult for students to solve that the BBC reports the “question directly contributed to the lowering of the pass mark” to 34% correct to obtain the equivalent of a C grade on the test, a score “thought to be unprecedented” in the history of the test.

Can you solve the question of the crocodile and the zebra?

The question has taken on a life of its own online, spawning Twitter complaints from students taking the test, an online petition to reconsider the exam and a YouTube response from the SQA (whose motto, hilariously given this context, is “it can be done”).

Wanna know how it can be done? Someone made a YouTube video explaining how to solve the equation. As far as a report from the SQA is concerned, this question “met expectations” in terms of its degree of difficulty.

All we can say is: crocodiles are the new trains.

(Image via Twitter)