# Math Question Problem - Puzzle

(DUBAI , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)

You saw a shirt for \$97
You didn't have the cash, so you borrowed \$50 from your dad and \$50 from your mom.
\$50 + \$50 = \$100
You bought the shirt, and have \$3 change. You gave your dad \$1 and your mom \$1 and kept the other \$1 for yourself. Now you owe your dad \$49 and your mom \$49.
\$49 + \$49 = \$98 + your \$1 = \$99
Where is the missing \$1?

### Comments for Math Question Problem - Puzzle

 Nov 02, 2012 Puzzle by: Staff Answer You have already accounted for every dollar. There is no extra dollar. Think of this puzzle as an equation which must be in balance. You borrowed: from Dad + from Mom = total borrowed \$50 + \$50 = \$100 It doesn’t matter whether you spend the money or not. What matters (mathematically) is what you pay back. You pay back \$1 to your Dad and \$1 to your Mom. Subtract 2 from each side of the equation. 50 - 1 + 50 - 1 = 100 - 1 - 1 49 + 49 = 98 If you look at it this way, everything is in balance. It doesn’t matter what you do with the \$98. You can spend \$97 on a shirt and keep \$1. You can keep all \$98 and spend nothing on a shirt. Thanks for writing. Staff www.solving-math-problems.com