A mother is 21 years older than the child.

6 years from now the mother will be 5 times as old as the child.

Question : Where's the father? (25 Marks)

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The mother is 21 years older than the child.

M = C + 21

In 6 years from now the mum will be 5 times as old as the child.

M + 6 = (C + 6) x 5

Hence,

C + 21 + 6 = (C + 6) x 5

C + 27 = 5C + 30

-3 = 4C

C = -3/4

The child is -3/4 years old, that is, it'll be born in 9 months.

-- Whoever calculated this one must be one hell of a mathematician …….

*Solution:*The mother is 21 years older than the child.

M = C + 21

In 6 years from now the mum will be 5 times as old as the child.

M + 6 = (C + 6) x 5

Hence,

C + 21 + 6 = (C + 6) x 5

C + 27 = 5C + 30

-3 = 4C

C = -3/4

The child is -3/4 years old, that is, it'll be born in 9 months.

Thus.. by mathematical deduction... .

Thus.. by mathematical deduction... .

**Right now, the father is on top of the mother....**