I'm an instructor of a College Algebra course. The computer gave the following question, which I saw as ambiguous:
Computer question: Write the corresponding algebraic expression or equation for the verbal statement. Let x represent the unknown number. The quotient of one and five times a number.
The problem is where does one put in the pause in the English language. You could parse this as either "The quotient of one and five" "times a number" which gives you the answer of 1/5 * x, or the way the computer wants, "The quotient of one and" "five times a number", which gives 1/(5x). The computer only accepts the second interpretation, but according to my reading of the English language, either reading should be acceptable.
Now, someone else in a comment section noted an even third possible reading, that the times could modify both the 1 and the 5, giving (1x)/(5x)=1/5 as a third possible reading.
Does anyone have any reasoning/sources on if these are all valid interpretations, and if not, why one is more valid? Otherwise I'm going to contact our vendor and try to get this question removed/changed.