# 10 most difficult mathematics riddles

A list of ten (out of 27) mathematics related questions that are the most often answered incorrectly

Mathematics quiz
## Which of the following Roman numerals stands for 4?

Both IV and IIII. Both notations are correct and historically Roman numerals were often written less consistently than today. The notation 'IIII' is often seen on clock faces. The reason for that may be practical, to avoid confusing the IV and VI when the clock is held upside down (although other theories also exist).

very hard

25%

IV

IV

72%

IIII

IIII

1%

Both IV and IIII

Both IV and IIII

25%

None of the above

None of the above

1%

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## Which of the following is true for the solution with the pH=0?

The OH − ion concentration is smaller than the H+ ion concentration. In chemistry, pH is a numeric scale used to specify the acidity or alkalinity of an aqueous solution. It is the negative of the logarithm to base 10 of the activity of the hydrogen ion .Traditionally the pH is being defined as: pH = - log10 [H+], where [H+] it is a H+ ions concentration in mol/dm^3 (M). So if pH = 0 this H+ ions concentration is 1 mol/dm^3 and the solution is strongly acidic.

very hard

25%

the OH − ion concentration is smaller than the H+ ion concentration

the OH − ion concentration is smaller than the H+ ion concentration

25%

the OH − ion concentration is greater than the H+ ion concentration

the OH − ion concentration is greater than the H+ ion concentration

19%

the OH − ion concentration is equal of the H+ ion concentration

the OH − ion concentration is equal of the H+ ion concentration

27%

Such solution doesn't exist

Such solution doesn't exist

26%

Created by: Paweł Kołodziejczyk.
Statistics based on 3136 answers in 2 languages
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## Which numeral system was in use in ancient Sumer and Babilon?

Sexagesimal. Remnants of highly composite sexagesimal system are in use even today for measuring angles, geographic coordinates and especially time. An hour of time is divided into 60 minutes, which in turn are divided into 60 seconds.

very hard

32%

octal

octal

22%

binary

binary

20%

decimal

decimal

24%

sexagesimal

sexagesimal

32%

Created by: smyru.
Statistics based on 12653 answers in 2 languages
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## Which of the writers was a mathematician?

Lewis Carroll. Lewis Caroll, author of "Alice in Wonderland" completed his mathematical studies at Oxford University, was a lecturer at this University. He wrote about 250 scientific papers in mathematics, logic and cryptography. He was interested in mathematical puzzles and numerical games.

very hard

37%

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

19%

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll

37%

Karol Dickens

Karol Dickens

29%

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

13%

Created by: Kinga Fabijańska.
Statistics based on 13840 answers in 4 languages
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## Augustus was born on 1 January 10BC. Which birthday did he celebrate at 1 January 10AD?

19. There was no year number zero. There were only 1999 years between 1000BC and 1000AD.

very hard

38%

19

19

38%

20

20

37%

21

21

19%

80

80

5%

Created by: Gizem İsmailoğlu.
Statistics based on 16948 answers in 4 languages
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## Who introduced the Fibonacci numbers?

Leonardo of Pisa, also known as Leonardo Fibonacci, Leonardo Pisano Bigollo. His 1202 book Liber Abaci introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics,[6] although the sequence had been described earlier as Virahanka numbers in Indian mathematics.

very hard

38%

Edouard Lucas

Edouard Lucas

9%

Cartesius

Cartesius

25%

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

26%

Leonardo of Pisa

Leonardo of Pisa

38%

Created by: Ola.
Statistics based on 2212 answers in 2 languages
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## Typically, how many leap years are in a century?

24. The Gregorian Calendar omits 3 leap days every 400 years, omitting February 29 in the 3 century years (integer multiples of 100) that are not also integer multiples of 400. For example, 1600 was a leap year, but 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not. Similarly, 2000 was a leap year, but 2100, 2200, and 2300 will not be.

hard

42%

20

20

9%

24

24

42%

25

25

44%

100

100

4%

Created by: ex-terminator.
Statistics based on 14927 answers in 2 languages
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## If Earth's radius was larger by 1 meter, how much longer would its equator be?

By approx 6 meters. For each circle, the length of the circumference is c=2πr. Hence, if a radius grows by 1 meter, the circumference grows by 2 π meters - no matter what the initial value of radius was.

hard

45%

by approx 6 meters

by approx 6 meters

45%

by approx 6 kilometers

by approx 6 kilometers

18%

by approx 60 kilometers

by approx 60 kilometers

21%

by approx 6000 kilometers

by approx 6000 kilometers

15%

Created by: SpikeMe.
Statistics based on 26472 answers in 2 languages
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## Which famous scientist was born on the Pi day? (March 14)

Albert Einstein. 14 of March is celebrated on many schools and universities as both Pi Day and the birthday of Albert Einstein. On of the traditions is the 'Pi Pie' (pictured).

hard

46%

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

46%

Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal

18%

Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton

16%

all of the above

all of the above

17%

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Statistics based on 12370 answers in 4 languages
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