“But Daddy, you can’t divide five in half”

Today my daughter had an issue carrying five plates from the kitchen onto the dining table

There were five heavy plates in the kitchen and I asked my daughter to carry them onto the dining table. She said they were too heavy so I said to carry half then come back and carry the rest.

“But Daddy, you can’t divide five in half”.

Of course she was right. She couldn’t carry two and a half plates and then come back for the other two and a half.

Luckily she knew what I meant and after finding it really funny, then thinking about it a little longer, I decided I need a few more Ninja Master lessons in the practical application of mathematics in the real world and how language can sometimes be ambiguous, or at least reliant on the other person to “get what you mean” in exactly the same way that computers can’t.

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