# 11 Easiest Math Problems That Look Hard

If you are good at math and want to try yourself in math problems, but not on an academic level – then keep reading about the easiest math problems that look hard. There are plenty of hard math equations still unsolved. If you want you can look them up and try to solve them yourself, however, it should be said that there are countless mathematicians out there who have been working on these equations for ages. But, let’s just not go off on a tangent here. We are here to discuss simple math problems with answers, but of course with a twist. The math problems we are going to talk about here appear rather tough but are in fact quite simple to solve. The math problems are designed in a clever way so that to an unwary observer these problems appear to be rather complex. However, if you take the time to take a good look at it, you will be able to see through it.

Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked two of the easiest math problems that look hard from their list.

The first one is Missing Mangoes.  The problem goes like this — one night an eager King couldn’t rest. He went down to the kitchen, where he found a box full of mangoes. To fulfill his craving, he took 1/6 of the mangoes. Later that same night, the Queen woke up and found a same container of mangoes. She took 1/5 of what the King had left and retired to bed. Still later, the Prince woke up, went to the kitchen, and ate one-fourth of the rest of the mangoes. His brother also went to the kitchen and ate 1/3 of what remained. At last, the princess ate 1/2 of the remaining mangoes, leaving just three mangoes in the container. How many mangoes were there, to begin with? The problem can be easily solved if you start working backward from the three remaining mangoes. If you start adding up as the fractions suggest, you will end up with 18 mangoes, which is the correct answer. The second one is The Missing Dollar. The question goes like this: “I saw a shirt for \$97, I borrowed \$50 from dad and \$50 from mom. I bought the shirt for \$97 with \$3 change in hand \$100-\$97 = \$3. Now I gave \$1 to dad and \$1 to mom and kept \$1 to myself. Now I owe my dad \$49 my mom \$49, and I have \$1(\$49+\$49+\$1 = \$99). But where did \$1 go, as I had \$100, to begin with? This is really a fun math problem to solve. It is not about adding up the numbers rather the observation, get it?

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