# Thomas Has Missed an Excessive Number of Days of School

Thomas has missed an excessive number of days of school, so he must meet with Principal Davis. Mr. Davis asks him “Why on Earth have you missed so many days?”

Thomas replies “There just isn’t enough time for school. I need 8 hours of sleep a day, which adds up to about 122 days a year. Weekends off is 104 days a year. Summer vacation is about 60 days. If I spend about an hour on each meal, that’s 3 hours a day or 45 days a year. I need at least 2 hours of exercise and relaxation time each day to stay physically and mentally fit, adding another 30 days.

Add all of that up and you get about 361 days. That only leaves 4 days for school.”

The principal knows Thomas is full of it, but can’t figure out why. Where is Thomas going wrong?

### 7 guesses to Thomas Has Missed an Excessive Number of Days of School

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• Matt

The sly child is double counting the sleeping, eating, and exercise/relaxing hours on the weekends and summer vacation. He adds whole days and then adds the activity hours for 164 of the days.

• Taylor Mali

An hour spent sleeping cannot be spent in school, but an hour spent sleeping on a weekend in summer should only count as one hour, but he counts it as three!

• Jasmine

But the school isn’t asking him to come in on weekends or during the summer. Think daily, if he needs 8 hours of sleep, 3 hours to eat, and 2 hours of exercise/relaxation, he still has 11 hours left to go to school (7 hours).

He’s double counting all of the weekends and summer things.

• KDJstyle

He doubles the weekends and vacation days

• Crabman

1. Weekends are counted twice in summer.
2. Hours spent sleeping, eating & excersising/relaxing during the weekends/summer should be excluded as already counted

Really though, days off school aren’t relevant. 8 hours sleep, 3 hours eating and 2 hours to excersise/relax is 13 hours, leaving 11 hours free each school day.

• KDJstyle

There are two reasons:

First, Thomas is double counting a lot of the days. A lot of the time spent sleeping, eating, and relaxing occurs during weekends and the summer. Weekends also occur during the summer, so all of these hours are getting counted several times.

Secondly, school isn’t an all day thing. So the 4 days actually represents more days of school. If school is 6 hours per day, those four days represents 16 days of school.

• KDJstyle, you are exactly correct and the winner!
There are two reasons:First, Thomas is double counting a lot of the days. A lot of the time spent sleeping, eating, and relaxing occurs during weekends and the summer. Weekends also occur during the summer, so all of these hours are getting counted several times.Secondly, school isn’t an all day thing. So the 4 days actually represents more days of school. If school is 6 hours per day, those four days represents 16 days of school.