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Math Brain Teaser- Erin’s Grandma

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Currently, Erin’s age plus her grandma’s age equals 94. In 4 years, Erin’s grandma will be 5 times as old as Erin. How old is Erin currently?

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15 Comments to “Math Brain Teaser- Erin’s Grandma”


  1. Hendy | Profile

    Grandma is 81 and Erin is 13.
    81 + 4 = 85.
    13 + 4 = 17.
    17 * 5 = 85.


  2. cheddarmelt | Profile

    In four years their total age should increase by 8 (four for each), totaling 102. Divide that by six (one for Erin, five for Grandma), and you get 17. That’s Erin’s age in 4 years. So she’s 13 now. (Grandma is 81.)


  3. hakoly1018 | Profile

    13 years old.


  4. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    Erin is 13


  5. BlindCupid | Profile

    15 2/3


  6. engjs1960 | Profile

    Erin is 13.


  7. mimi112 | Profile

    Currently Erin is 13 years old and her grandma is 81. In 4 years, Erin will be 17,and grandma 85 wich is 17*5.


  8. suineg | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    I think the answer is 12 years and 4 months
    Explanation: G: Grandma age, E: Eric age
    Time = 0 –> E+G = 94
    Time = 4 –> E + 5E = 98 ( G = 5E 4 years later)


    6E= 98 E= 16.33… years –> 16 years and 4 months, but that is in time= 4
    so in Time= 0 E = 16.33- 4= 12.33–> 12 years and 4 months


  9. Falwan | Profile

    81;13


    With equations!


  10. virgolady85 | Profile

    E+G=94
    but G+4=(E+4)X5
    G+4=5E+20
    G=5E+16
    so E+(5E+16)=94
    6E=78
    E=13
    Erin is 13 years old.


  11. Bobo The Bear | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    >”This can be solved without any formal algebra training.”
    I’ll take a stab at the “non-algebra” solution, for a change.


    The combined age now is 94. In 4 yrs, add 4 to each age, making the combined age 94+4+4=102. The ratio of these ages is 5 to 1, or five parts Grandma to one part Erin, for a combined six parts. 102 broken into six parts makes each part 17. In 4 yrs, Erin will be 17 and grandma will be 17*5=85. So now Erin is 13 and grandma is 81. And 13+81=94.


  12. Hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    Erin is 13 years old


  13. atulatul | Profile

    Erin is 17 yrs old currently


  14. Sarah Al Taher | Profile

    let x be the current age of Erin
    y be the age of her gran…
    x+y=94…(1)
    5(x+4)=y+4>>> 5x+20=y+4>>>5x-y=-16…(2)
    add (1) & (2) to have:
    6x=78>>>x=78/6=13 >>>y=94-13=81


    Erin 13
    gra…81 :)))


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